Attachment Disruption: A Dangerous Consequence of Forced Separation Between Children and Parents

Posted Posted in Latest News, Parenting, Relationships, Trauma

Attachment disruption due to separation can have long-lasting effects on children.  The relationship between a child and her parent or primary caregiver is special.  This relationship functions to provide security that the child needs for emotional and physical health.  The presence of a reliable, stable caregiver allows the child to successfully achieve cognitive, physical, and […]

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How to Talk to Your Kids About A School Shooting

Posted Posted in Children and Adolescents, Latest News, Parenting, Resiliency, Trauma

The recent shooting at a high school in Florida on Valentine’s Day has understandably left many of us feeling very shaken. Since this time, there have been several conversations and debates regarding things like gun control, school security procedures, and mental health awareness and treatment. During a time when emotions are running high and politics […]

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Dreams Turned to Nightmares

Posted Posted in Children and Adolescents, Grief, Parenting, Trauma

How To Talk With Teens About Shootings, Bombings, and Traumas In the wake of such tragic and senseless events, especially ones targeting young teens, it can be challenging to know how to even begin a conversation with your children about what happened. Events like the Manchester bombing, or other horrific news events, undoubtedly spark a […]

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How To Help Your Loved One Cope with Trauma

Posted Posted in Latest News, Relationships, Trauma

Traumatic events and experiences can elicit a wide range of reactions.  In order to help your loved one cope with trauma, it helps to know some of the symptoms that people experience.  Here are a few: Crying, panicking, or intense fearfulness when reminded of the trauma Withdrawal or pulling away from others Having difficulty sleeping, […]

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Self-Care Thoughts as You Go Through Trauma or Hardship.

Posted Posted in Coping, Gratitude, Latest News, Resiliency, Self-care, Trauma

Most people go through something terribly hard in their lives. A study from the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology found that out of over 1000 people in the US, almost 70% had experienced some type of traumatic experience.  These events can include things like traumatic death, sexual assault, and domestic assault.   Rates are […]

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Child Psychologist Post: How to Talk to Your Children about School Safety Threats

Posted Posted in Coping, Latest News, Mental Health, Schools, Trauma

  Threats to school safety are an increasingly common fear. Many parents have expressed concerns on how to respond to lock-downs, threats, and reports of violence at their child’s school.  Given the high number of reports of school violence in the last number of years, as well as the 24-hour news coverage of these events, people are […]

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Helping Your Family Recover from Community Violence

Posted Posted in Anxiety, Children and Adolescents, Parenting, Resiliency, Trauma

Last week in Iowa City, there was a community experience of violence. Episodes of horrible violence also happened in other places, such as South Carolina. Community violence is something that many of us will experience. Recent research suggests that 39-94% of children will witness an episode of violence in their community at some point in their childhood.

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