Resources Available for Parents, Professionals, and Leaders Dealing with Tragedy, Trauma

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Newswise — Bethesda, MD -- The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress (CSTS) has developed two new resources to assist individuals, professionals and community leaders in the wake of tragedies, like the recent school shooting in Connecticut.

Children are often exposed to violence that is both senseless and harmful. Many children -- those living in close proximity to a tragic event, and those who will learn about the event through television, social media, or newspaper coverage -- will be affected and upset. Events that happen during the holiday season may compound the impact. “Restoring a Sense of Safety in the Aftermath of a Mass Shooting: Tips for Parents and Professionals” (http://www.cstsonline.org/restoring-a-sense-of-safety-in-the-aftermath-of-a-mass-shooting-tips-for-parents-and-professionals/) offers guidance for parents, and other caregivers following such traumatic events.

Leaders play critical roles in the recovery of communities and individuals after disasters and other traumatic events. Leaders identify the way forward, and hear and understand the present emotions and needs of their community. They communicate and reflect the community’s feelings and shared experience in order to lead the community in recovery. “Grief Leadership--Leadership in the Wake of Tragedy” (http://www.cstsonline.org/grief-leadership-leadership-in-the-wake-of-tragedy/) addresses ways for community leaders to help people work through their grief in the aftermath of a devastating situation.

Both fact sheets emphasize effective communication as a major factor when dealing with tragedy and grief.

For these and other CSTS resources, visit www.CSTSonline.org.
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About USU
The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) is the nation’s federal health sciences university. USU students are primarily active duty uniformed officers in the Army, Navy, Air Force and Public Health Service who have received specialized education in tropical and infectious diseases, preventive medicine, TBI and PTSD, disaster response and humanitarian assistance, and acute trauma care. A large percentage of the university’s nearly 5,000 physician and 600 advanced practice nursing alumni are supporting operations around the world, offering their leadership and expertise. The University also has graduate programs in biomedical sciences and public health, most open to civilian and military applicants, and oral biology, committed to excellence in research which have awarded more than 400 doctoral and 900 masters degrees to date. For more information about USU and its programs, visit www.usuhs.mil.


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