Helping Families Navigate a Return to In-Person Education

Susanna Crowell McQuarrie, Ph.D., Rachel Singer, Ph.D., & Amanda Simmons, Psy.D.

Recorded on May 19th, 2021 

1.5 CE Credits

$30/MPA or MSPA members        $55/Non-members

This workshop will focus on practical strategies for coaching parents, children, and school systems on navigating the challenges of returning to in-person learning. The discussion will focus on universal and common challenges, as well as special considerations for individuals with pre-existing mental health challenges and co-occurring medical conditions.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this program, attendees will be able

  • Identify the potential challenges that may arise with returning to in-person learning (e.g., separation anxiety, social anxiety, externalizing behaviors) 
  • Discuss skills and strategies to mitigate challenges that may arise with returning to in-person learning


Susanna Crowell McQuarrie is a licensed psychologist with a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. She received her undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University and her doctoral degree from Georgia State University. She completed her predoctoral psychology internship at the University of California at Davis Child and Adolescent Abuse and Resource and Evaluation (CAARE) Center where she was certified in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). Dr. McQuarrie completed her postdoctoral fellowship here at CABC and gained valuable experience treating school refusal and furthering her experience with anxiety disorders and OCD. She also has experience with Prolonged Exposure and Cognitive Processing Therapy treatments for PTSD in adults and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for trauma symptoms in children. She specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders, selective mutism, and parenting/behavior management strategies.

Rachel Singer, is the Director of Postdoctoral Training at the Center for Anxiety and Behavioral Change. She is a licensed psychologist who completed her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Boston College. Dr. Singer completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Kennedy Krieger Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Dr. Singer specializes in individual, family, and group therapy to address concerns regarding anxiety, behavioral issues, familial discord, depression, emotional dysregulation, social skills deficits, and academic difficulties. She has extensive training working directly with schools in order to provide comprehensive care for children experiencing anxiety and related disorders. Dr. Singer frequently presents at national conferences and has published in academic peer-reviewed journals. Specific areas of clinical interest include generalized anxiety, specific phobias, social phobia, trauma, and family communication.

Mandy Simmons (she/they) earned their doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Graduate School of Professional Psychology at the University of Denver with a specialty focus in behavior analysis and psychological assessment. Dr. Simmons has extensive experience treating anxiety, OCD, and related disorders. They completed their internship at the Mental Health Center of Denver on the Child and Family Track with an emphasis on working with the LGBTQIA+ community and emerging adults. Dr. Simmons is passionate about providing multiculturally-responsive care to children, teens, and their families.