Having to face the reality of yet another school shooting is gut-wrenching. Our hearts go out to the most recent communities in Nashville and Denver, and all communities impacted by this violence and trauma.
We wanted to share a helpful conversation that three EMDRIA members recently had about school shootings. Alex Castro Croy, LPC, Liliana Baylon, LMFT-S, and Jennifer Shivey, LPC discuss how to respond to children’s fears truthfully and carefully and remind parents to reach out for support as well. They normalize trauma responses of fear, anxiety, hopelessness, and anger in children and parents and encourage us to allow space for these emotions by connecting in difficulty.
- American Academy of Pediatrics. Talking to Children About Tragedies.
- American School Counselor Association. Helping Students After a Shooting.
- American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. News and Children.
- Common Sense Media. Explaining the News to Our Kids.
- Child Mind Institute. Helping Children Cope with Frightening News.
- National Association of School Psychologists. Promoting Compassion and Acceptance in Crisis.
- The National Child Traumatic Stress Network. School Shooting Resources.
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