We know there are many trauma-informed resources available for parents and educators, but if you do not know where to start, we hope this categorized list helps.
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Talking to Children About Violence & Difficult News
- Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers (National Association of School Psychologists)
- Parent Guidelines for Helping Youth After the Recent Shooting (National Child Traumatic Stress Network)
- How to Talk to Kids About Violence, Crime, and War (Common Sense Media)
- Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Educators (National Association of School Psychologists)
- Parent Guidelines for helping youth after a shooting (National Child Traumatic Stress Network)
- How to talk to children about difficult news (American Psychological Association)
Tips to Help Children & Adults Cope with Trauma
- Five tips to help children cope with a national tragedy (OCDE Newsroom)
- Helping Children Cope With Frightening News (Child Mind Institute)
- Coping in the Aftermath of a Shooting (American Counseling Association)
- Supporting employees in coping with community violence (Employee Assistance for Education –EASE)
- Trauma and Disaster Mental Health (American Counseling Association)
- APA resources for coping with mass shootings, understanding gun violence (American Psychological Association)
- Helping your children manage distress in the aftermath of a shooting (American Psychological Association)
Resources from Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies
Starting Difficult Conversations
- Child Mind Institute offers advice for Going Back to School After a Tragedy.
- Talking to children about terrorist attacks and school and community shootings in the news – Q&A with common questions from youth in this moment, from Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles’ National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement.
- Guiding Adults in Talking to Children About Death and Attending Services, created by the NCTSN, covers grief responses, how to talk about death, and guidance for families attending memorials or community vigils.
Resources For Educators
Teaching in The Wake of Violence (by Facing History & Ourselves)
- The Jewish Education project has a curated collection of resources, Responding to Gun Violence, to support students and educators after community trauma.
Preventing Gun Violence
- Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism shares information on gun violence prevention.
- Take a moment of pause with this poem on Ritualwell, written by a parent on reading the news of this tragedy and find other personal essays.