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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

  • Introversion, Extroversion, and the Pandemic - Brown School Professional Development presenter Chris Frey offered this Open Classroom talk on strategies to manage the impact of social distancing on introverts and extroverts.  His slide deck - including resources at the end - is available here.
  • 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.
  • Pandemic Stress - Megan Keyes developed this Open Classroom program for us.  Her slides are available here.  She assembled these resources and shares these references.
  • Psychological First Aid for Emergencies - The Red Cross developed this one hour course specifically regarding psychological first aid during the pandemic. (Nominal fee applicable)
  • 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.
  • Tracking the Social & Economic Impact of COVID-19 - The Brown School's Professor Matthew Kreuter delivered this Open Classroom lecture discussing the work of the Health Communication and Research Laboratory to track impacts of the pandemic on people's needs for services like food and housing.  Slides from the presentation are available for your reference here.  The HCRL also has this website where you can learn more about their work.
  • Training for Healthcare Workers - Project Hope and Brown University created this curriculum specially designed for healthcare workers involved in COVID-19 response.
  • Virtual Service Delivery - Brown School alumnus Carl Josehart provided this Open Classroom talk about Jewish Family Service of Houston's response to the pandemic - how they shifted their service delivery, while staying connected to key stakeholder's.  The presentation slides are available here.
  • 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.
  • 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. 
    • 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

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.
  • Implementation Science - Drs. Ana Bauman and Rebecca Lengnick-Hall of the Brown School provided this Open Classroom discussion entitled "Your Intervention is Ready...Now What?"  Their slides, including additional recommended readings, are available here.
  • 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 a 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.
  • 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 offers a class on offering support to refugees.  It's available here.

Communication & Presentation SkillS

  • 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.
  • People Management - FutureLearn and CIPD teamed up to provide this 15-hour class.
  • Supportive Supervision - Here's a resource from CTACNY on supervision to encourage self-care.
  • Strategic Planning - CTACNY has a 1-hour presentation available here.

Policy & Advocacy

  • 2020 Census - Open Classroom teamed up with the Kathryn M. Buder Center for American Indian Studies to sponsor this talk by Brown School alum Lindsey Manshack on the implications of the 2020 Census for Native American communities.  Lindsey's slides are available here.
  • Immigration Policy - Washington University alumnus Javad Khazaeli of Khazaeli Wyrsch LLC delivered this Open Classroom talk on the racism inherent in current US immigration policy.  His slide deck is available here.
  • Inclusive Democracy - Dr. Gena McClendon delivered an Open Classroom about inclusive democracy and voter supression.  Her slide deck is available here.
  • Messaging Your Issue - Open Classroom teamed up with the Grand Challenges for Social Work to produce this webinar on Messaging Your Issue for Policy Audiences.  The slide deck is available here.
  • Navigating the Legislative Process - This webinar, made possible by NASW, Influencing Social Policy, and Grand Challenges for Social Work shares the policy practice experience of Nancy Kay Blackwell, Sarah Butts, and the Brown School’s own Professor Michael Sherraden.
  • Translating Research for Policy - The Brown School's own Dan Ferris & Atia Thurman hosted this Open Classroom webinar.
  • Voting & Social Work - CTACNY has a 1-hour lecture available here.

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 Strathclyde and FutureLearn, here's a 12-hour resource.

Public Health

  • Public Mental Health - The Brown School's Dr. Alexis Duncan provided this Open Classroom presentation to give an overview of the field of public mental health and its relevance to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Her slides are available here.
  • Monitoring Population Characteristics - See this 1-hour resource from CTACNY.

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.
  • Racial Equity Challenge - Brown School alum Rachel and the Heart of Missouri United Way invite you to participate in their Equity Challenge program.
  • Race Forward - community member Suzanna recommends the resources and webinars produced by Race Forward.


  • Occupational Stress & Self-Care - A 1-hour program is available from CTACNY here.

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 applications.
  • How Small Businesses Support a Community and How to Protect Them - Brown School Professor of the Practice Heather Cameron provided this Open Classroom talk.  Her slides are available here.

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