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Kids coping with trauma

Otter Tail County CARE (Children Are the Responsibility of Everyone) Committee presents, Trauma and Children: How Parents and Other Adults Can Help Children, Cope with Traumatic Events by Anne Gearity, PHD, on Thursday, October 2, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at A Center For The Arts.

Most children have experiences that are traumatic-that feel threatening to their well-being. Traumas can range from being in a car accident, to witnessing or experiencing violence, whether first hand, on television, or in video games. Because of their age, and limited emotional and cognitive resources, children are more vulnerable to staying aroused and fearful. For all children, coping with trauma requires adult support. With that support, traumatic experiences can be managed; without support, trauma experiences remain powerful and cause children to lose their sense of safety that is so necessary for social engagement.

This presentation focuses on why children are vulnerable to trauma effects and how adults can best provide support.

Anne Gearity, PHD is a licensed clinical social worker with over 30 years of clinical experience. She has an independent practice in Minneapolis and provides consultation to schools and community agencies. In addition, she is a senior fellow University of Minnesota School of Social Work, faculty member, University of Minnesota Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health certification program. Her research interests include the intersection of trauma and attachment difficulties as well as treatment intervention for young children at risk. For the past five years she has been developing and evaluating (with support from the Bush Foundation, St. Paul) an intervention model for more than at risk children and will soon be publishing a manual describing this approach.

The session is approved for 1.5 hours (clock hours) for child and foster care providers.

This event is free and open to the public.