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On-Demand Resources

Organized by topical area, we've identified the following free learning opportunities as potentially useful to our community.

Particularly relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic

  • About the Disease, including keeping yourself safe and travel advice - The World Health Organization's website has a wide range of information supported by the best evidence available.
  • Age & The Coronavirus - As part of the Brown School's Open Classroom series, Nancy Morrow-Howell presented a webinar on age and the Coronavirus.  Here is a recording of her talk.  Please see her presentation slides and a list of resources that were developed in response to the talk.
  • Assisting the Most Vulnerable - CTACNY plans a live webinar on April 2 regarding identifying and assisting those most vulnerable to COVID-19 and social isolation.  Once the webinar has occurred, a tape should be available.
  • Child Abuse/Neglect and COVID-19 - The Brown School's Dr. Melissa Jonson-Reid provided an Open Classroom talk entitled Implications of COVID-19 for Protecting Children and Supporting Families: Current Realities and Future Impacts.  Her slides and additional resources are available on the Center for Innovation in Child Maltreatment Policy, Research and Training's website.
  • Contract Tracing - Johns Hopkins University and Coursera have teamed up to offer this free curiculum regarding contract tracing.
  • COVID-19 & Race - Hosted in association with Open Classroom, this panel discussion offer perspectives on the disproportiate health impact of the pandemic on communities of color.  For additional resources, visit the Clark-Fox Policy Institute page.  Additionally, community member Suzanna recommends the resources and webinars produced by Race Forward.
  • Data Concerning the St. Louis Region - STL Response has created a dashboard compiling much of the relevant information regarding the disease and available resources for the St. Louis area.  Thanks to Brown School alum Paul for sharing!
  • Epidemiology 101 - From the Brown School's Open Classroom series, Dr. Kim Johnson shares an overview of basic epidemiology concepts and relates them to the current pandemic.  Her slide deck is available here.
  • Food & Chemical Safety During the Pandemic - Dr. Angela Hobson provided this Open Classroom lecture.  Her slides are available here
  • Housing Advocacy - The Brown School's Molly Metzger teamed up with Jacki Langum from ArchCity Defenders to provider this Open Classroom presentation on Local Housing Advocacy and the Pandemic.  The slides are available here and recommended readings are here.  The talk referenced this FEMA toolkit.
  • Impacts to Nonprofits - The National Council of Nonprofits is analyzing federal COVID-19 response legislation for impacts on nonprofits.  Visit their website for reports.
  • Managing the (Understandable) Anxiety - recommended by Ryan Lindsay, here's a great article on tips for managing the anxiety that is natural to feel in uncertain times.
  • Modeling and the Pandemic - Brown School Professor Doug Luke offered this Open Classroom talk sharing how some of the same modeling technology behind video games and animation is useful to understanding a pandemic. Find his slide deck here.
  • Nutrition Security During the Pandemic - Brown School Associate Dean for Public Health Lora Iannotti provided this presentation for Open Classroom.  Her slides are available here.
  • Organizational Crisis Response - Third Plateau is sponsoring a series of webinars on various management skills helpful for navigating times of crisis.
  • Psychological First Aid for Emergencies - Johns Hopkins University and Coursera offer an 8 hour class on RAPID model of psychological first aid.
  • Responding to the Pandemic - We tip our hat to colleagues at Columbia University.  They've also developed free resources and free trainings.  Connect with their efforts here.
  • Talking to Children about COVID-19 - The Child Mind Institute has created this resource page.
  • Telehealth for Mental Health Professionals -
    • Indiana University has a Telehealth Basics self-paced class available free of charge.  Find it here.
    • Thanks to Brown School alum Amy for sharing that PESI is currently offering this 2 day seminar on providing service via telehealth.  While the class retails for more than $440, if you put the code "TELEFREE" in at checkout, you can sign up for free.  We just tested it - as of 3/19, this works!
  • Tele Play Therapy - This YouTube video was produced by a couple of clinicians discussing conducting play therapy through virtual means.
  • Training for Healthcare Workers - Project Hope and Brown University created this curriculum specially designed for healthcare workers involved in COVID-19 respoonse.
  • Working from Home & Virtual Teams - University of Connecticut offers this video on the topic.

Clinical Interventions - Children & Adolescents

  • Engaging Families - From the Brown School's Open Classroom series, Dean Mary McKay delivered this webinar entitled "I Went for an Intake and Never Went Back."  Her slide deck is available here.  She recommends these additional webinars to people interested in learning more about this topic.
  • Engaging Parents - CTACNY created this resource on engaging parents in the treatment of their children.
  • Interventions with Adolescents - With thanks to faculty member Lorien Carter for the referrals.  Adolescent SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention & Referral to Treatment) has great webinars available for free.  Visit them for upcoming dates and topics. The Center for Adolescent Studies has a free webinar coming upon April 3.  More information is available here.
  • Reintegration of Children in Families - Ian A. Forber-Pratt created this Open Classroom presentation to share a practice model around reunification and reintegration of children to families.  His slides are available here.
  • Residential Treatment - A set of slides regarding best practices in residential treatment are available here.
  • School-Based Interventions
    • The Brown School's Open Classroom featured this presentation by Erika Gonzalez, Ryan Lindsay, and Megan Marietta.
    • For a resource (1 1/2 hours) on treatment planning in schools, see this from CTACNY.  They also have a 6 hour series on trauma-sensitive schools.
    • FutureLearn and Queensland University of Technology created a 2 hour class on recognizing child maltreatment.
    • STARR Commonwealth is currently offering their Trauma-Informed Resilient Schools class for free, enter the code "TRAUMAINFORMED" at checkout; thanks to Brown School student Claire for the recommendation!
  • Trauma-Informed Work - For a 1 hour overview of trauma-informed service provision, click on this lecture from CTACNY.  They also have an additional resource on working with parents and caregivers and one more on the impact of trauma on children.
  • Trauma Interventions - CBITS has a 5 hour training for school-based cognitive behavioral interventions for trauma.  Bounce Back has a 6 hour resource regarding trauma interventions for elementary school aged children.

Clinical Interventions - Older Adults

  • Complex Trauma - This 1 hour lecture regarding complex trauma and aging is offered by CTACNY.
  • Dementia Care & Diversity - Stanford University teamed up with EdX to create a series of offerings on dementia care and specific populations.  There are classes available about the topic generally, as well as about effective service to these populations: African Americans, Latinos, and South Asian Americans.
  • Mental Health Services - CTACNY has this one hour resource on mental health services and older adults.
  • Social Services for Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities - Coursera, in partnership with Columbia University, is offering a free, 7 hour self-paced class.  It appears to be an introduction to social services and is available here.

Clinical Interventions - Other Populations, Topics & Interventions

  • Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Standards (CLAS) in Health Care - The Brown School's own Dr. Vetta Sanders Thompson hosted an Open Classroom session regarding CLAS in health care, along with a conversation regarding health equity.  Her talk can be found here.  Her slides are available here.  Additional resources she recommends are found here and here.
  • Death & Grief - There's a 3 part series on death, grief and loss available from CTACNY.  We've linked it here, here, and here.
  • Emotional Courage - Brown School staff member Cynthia recommends Susan David's TED Talk.
  • Mindfulness - Mindful Living Summit and Calm.com have a variety of free classes and tools.  Thanks to community members Beth and Connie for suggesting!  Monash University in partnership with FutureLearn also has a free course available.
  • Motivational Interviewing - The following resources are recommended by the Brown School as solid resources to develop foundational understanding of Motivational Interviewing (MI).  They're not ours - we just like them.
  • Racial Differences in Depression - Dr. Darrell Hudson presented this Open Classroom presentation sharing his research regarding differences in the experience of depression between black and white Americans.
  • Opioid Crisis Interventions - University of Michigan with Coursera offer this beginner's level 13 hour experience.
  • Shame and Vulnerability - Many Brown School alums including Kaleigh are big fans of the work of Brene Brown.  She recommends these videos on vulnerability, shame, empathy, and blame.
  • Veterans Services - University of Michigan and Coursera have teamed up to offer this 16 hour experience in veteran-centered care.
  • Wellness Interventions with Adults with Serious Mental Illness - In partnership with the Center for Mental Health Services with Research, this Open Classroom lecture was provided by Dr. Leopoldo Cabassa.
  • Women & Mental Health - From CTACNY, a 1 hour overview of considerations of trauma, oppression, and agency can be found here.
  • Working with Refugees - University of Glasgow and FutureLearn offer a class on offering support to refugees.  It's available here.

Communication & Presentation Skills

  • Intercultural Communication - University of California - Irvine and Coursera offer this 8 hour class.
  • Prezi - Looking for tools and ideas to make your presentations more dynamic? Prezi is free and there's a YouTube channel dedicated to tips and trainings.
  • SketchUp for 3D Modeling - There are a wide range of free resources available like this and this.



  • Major Gift Solicitation - As part of the Open Classroom series, Professor of Practice Barry Rosenberg gave this talk.  His slides are available here.

Management & Leadership

  • Diversity and Inclusion - A 9-hour class is available from Purdue and FutureLearn.
  • Gender and Sexuality: Diversity in the Workplace - Through Coursera, University of Pittsburgh is offering this free online course with approximately 14 hours of content.
  • Leading Diverse Teams - From Deakin University and FutureLearn, here's a 12-hour class.
  • People Management - FutureLearn and CIPD teamed up to provide this 15 hour class.
  • Social Work Management - The Network for Social Work Management has a range of webinars and resources.  Their information is available here.
  • Supportive Supervision - Here's a resource from CTACNY on supervision to encourage self-care.
  • Strategic Planning - CTACNY has a one hour presentation available here.
  • Teamwork Skills - University of Colorado - Boulder and Coursera have a 14 hour class, available here.

Policy & Advocacy

Program Management & Evaluation

  • Data Models & Data Visualization - For a 1 hour introduction to the topic from CTACNY, click here.
  • Finding & Using Big Data - Professor Brett Drake provided this Open Classroom presentation.  His slide deck is available here.
  • Outcomes - CTACNY produced a series on outcomes, with modules on determining what to measure, data collection, using data, and communicating findings.
  • Program Planning, Implementation & Evaluation in a Global Context - Please see these resources featuring the Brown School's Associate Dean for Public Health, Lora Iannotti
  • Program Sustainability Assessment - The Brown School's Center for Public Health Systems Science has developed an impressive suite of tools around assessing program sustainability across a range of dimensions.  They're available here.
  • The Power of Data in Health & Social Care - Produced by University of Strathcylde and FutureLearn, here's a 12-hour resource.

Public Health

Racial Equity

  • Growth & Equity in St. Louis - Washington University's Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Administrative Officer Henry S. Webber provided an Open Classroom presentation on growth and equity metrics in St. Louis.  His slides are available here.
  • Black Men & Boys - CTACNY produced an 8 hour series of resources, available here.
  • Race-Based Traumatic Stress - CTACNY has a 1 1/2 hour resource on racial discrimination and psychological injury.


  • Occupational Stress & Self-Care - A 1 hour program is available from CTACNY here.
  • The Science of Well-Being - Produced by Yale and Coursera, the 20-hour sequence is available here.  Thanks, Cynthia, for recommending!

Sexual Health

Social & Economic Development

  • Collective Impact for Youth - CTACNY produced a 3 part series examining collective impact with modules on community schools, measurement and sustainability, and juvenile justice system reform.
  • Environmental Trauma - This 1 hour resource regarding community organizing in the face of environmental trauma was created by CTACNY.
  • Financial Capacity Building - The Brown School produced a great video with Dr. Margaret Sherraden
  • Participatory Development Tools for International Work - The Brown School's own Carolyn Lesorogol created this resource for you.  Dr. Lesorogol's work is international, but the tools for working in community with respect for that community also have domestic application.

Additionally, we've had these suggestions from community members about resources they've found helpful as they process this particular moment we're living.