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Trauma response advice, December 2012

The following provides suggestions to assist students, parents, teachers and education workers as they react to the recent tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut on Friday, December 14, 2012.

As we work through this difficult time it is important to remember that not all will be impacted by the events of Friday. Also, we must not assume that someone may not be affected. Trauma affects all of us in different ways and we must be careful not to judge or decide who may or may not be affected and in what way.

Parents/Guardians

The following tip sheets from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network describe how to talk to, understand, and support, children and youth in the aftermath of a disaster.

Educators and other professionals

Adapted from Connecticut School Shooting: Supportive Responses in the Aftermath, by J, Kevin Cameron, M.Sc. R.S.W. B.C.E.T.S., B.C.S.R., Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress, Executive Director, Canadian Centre for Threat Assessment and Trauma Response

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

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