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Suzanne Silverstein, MA, ATR, is Founding Director of the Psychological Trauma Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
by Suzanne Silverstein, MA
Whether they’ve heard about an event that took place far away – like last month’s theater shootings in Colorado – or something closer to home, the way you talk with your children about traumatic events can make a huge difference in how they react and how easily they can cope.
There are no right or wrong words to use. There are, however, approaches that parents and educators can use to help children deal with these horrific situations in a constructive manner, and help lessen their fear and anxiety. Here is some advice from Suzanne Silverstein, MA, Founding Director of the Psychological Trauma Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
Suzanne Silverstein, MA, ATR, is Founding Director of the Psychological Trauma Center, dedicated to helping children who have witnessed or experienced gang violence, bullying, domestic abuse, suicide, homelessness, drug abuse, natural disasters and other tragedies. The program operates in three high schools, five middle schools and 18 elementary schools.
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Thank you Suzanne for such a clear, practical guide for parents faced with today's all-too-frequent stressors!
by Tabitha Fronk
08/16/2012 - 12:25 pm
I really like how the article gives clear and specific examples to help parent's and anyone who works with kids deal with trauma.
by Jonathan Vickburg MFT
Los Angeles, CA
08/12/2012 - 07:24 pm