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Rise N Learn Training: How Psychotherapists Can Help Children and Their Families Cope with Traumatic News

May 7, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am


BREAKING NEWS: How Psychotherapists Can Help Children and their Families Cope with
Traumatic News in the Media and When Trauma Occurs in their Communities
Presented by:
Carla Beatrici, Psy.D. Director of Clinical Services and  Felicia Owens, Psy.D. Minority Families Program Director at Smart Love Family Services
Modern advances in technology have enhanced and improved our lives in many ways. While there are benefits to having information at our fingertips, it can be overwhelming for both children and adults to navigate this new world. The presentation will provide an overview of the negative effects traumatic news or events can have on children and articulate how caregivers can best help children cope. Special consideration will be given to helping children, including racial minority children, who are exposed to violence and racial injustices in their communities–when the breaking news is real life news.
Learning Objectives:
  • Identify negative emotional, psychological and behavioral effects and symptoms children can experience when exposed to traumatic, violent news in the media or in their communities.
  • Describe helpful guidelines on how psychotherapists and other caregivers including parents can have developmentally appropriate conversations with children to facilitate positive coping and emotional adjustment to hearing or living with traumatic news.
  • Learn guidelines and strategies on how parents and other caregivers can effectively regulate children’s access and exposure to media based on developmental stages.
  • Review guidelines on how psychotherapists and parents can have developmentally appropriate and culturally informed conversations with children about race, racism and social justice.
  • Discuss benefits of caregivers getting their own support to digest traumatic news.

Pre-registration is required:  cost is $10.00.  Register at this link.

For more information about upcoming trainings or if you are interested in being a presenter, please contact Vanessa Matheny (CMHB of Oak Park Township) at 708-358-8855 or Tandra Rutledge (Riveredge Hospital) at 708-488-4970 or Fatima Villasenor (Streamwood Behavioral Healthcare system) at 773-416-6411.


May 7, 2021
9:00 am - 11:00 am