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Talking with Children about Trauma

  • First 5 Shasta Conference 393 Park Marina Circle Redding, CA 96001 (map)

Child trauma occurs more than you think. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA), more than two-thirds of children reported at least one traumatic event by age 16. Millions of children in the U.S. experience abuse, neglect, and exposure to violence and catastropic events. SAMHSA statistics show that more than half (54%) of U.S. families have been exposed to some type of disaster. Early life adversity doesn't just affect an individual child - families, neighborhoods, and communities also absorb the impact of child trauma. Trauma can challenge a child's sense of stability and safety and, unaddressed or unsupported, can set the stage for lifelong health and behavioral issues. While not all children experience traumatic stress after trauma, for those that do, caring adults play an important part in supporting a child's recovery and helping them thrive. Adult support is essential, but what to do to support the child and what to say to a child can be confusing and difficult for the most caring and capable adult. 

This workshop will assist with helping participants begin to think about child trauma and learn more about what to do and say when talking to children about traumatic events. The workshop includes:

  • Short- and long-term impacts of child trauma

  • Understanding how children react to trauma and how they show anxiety

  • The body's alarm system

  • Helping children respond to the alarm system

  • How parents and providers can help

  • Creating supporting relationships

  • Teaching resilience skills 

Who Should Attend

  • Parents and providers of services to children 0-to-5 and their families, including teachers, child care and early learning staff, and other professionals interacting with traumatized children


  • Breakfast and snacks


: 8:30-9:00 am

Workshop: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm 

Earlier Event: April 23
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