12/19/2012 - Support and Resource Materials Related to Children and Traumatic Events


In light of the recent tragedy in Newtown, several agencies will be offering resources and open forums for parents, caregivers and educators on how to help children and their families. Also, listed below are resources and websites for information on how to help children deal with the tragedy.

Please contact the New Canaan Youth Services Department at 203-594-3080 or see either website below:
www.facebook.com/wecarenc  or
www.newcanaancares.org  for more information on how to get local help.

New CanaanCARES is hosting a Talking with Our Children and Handling Our Own Grief Parent Program/Drop-in Session to help parents cope with their own feelings, to provide helpful responses to our children's questions and fears, and support those who have suffered loss. We will also discuss common questions we are receiving from our youth and parents, and have opportunity for open discussion and support. Community members of all ages are welcome to come out and support one another.

New Canaan:

• Where: Outback Teen Center
• When: Wednesday, December 19th 10:30 am

The Child Guidance Center will hold a forum for parents/community to consult with child mental health experts on helping children (and families) deal with their reactions.

• Where: 196 Grey Rock Place, Stamford, CT.
• When: Monday 5:30-6:30pm, 196 Grey Rock Place, Stamford, CT

Family Centers will be offering forums in Greenwich and Darien to will allow adults an opportunity to talk about the events, the impact on their children, ask for advice on how to talk to their children about trauma and receive feedback from professionals.


• Where: Family Centers, 40 Arch Street
• When: Tuesday December 18th at 9:30am

Darien - in collaboration with the Darien Library and other community providers, Two more forums will be offered at the

• Where: Darien Library's Community Room
• When: Monday, December 17 at 10am
• Wednesday, December 19 at 7pm

For further information on connecting with a counselor or therapist please contact New Canaan Youth Services at 203-594-3080.


CT Department of Children and Families


From Connecticut Clearinghouse: The following is a list of Connecticut Clearinghouse resources directly related to traumatic events. The Clearinghouse also has materials on grief and loss, depression, stress, substance use, and other related topics. Please call the Clearinghouse at 800-232-4424 or visit us at
www.ctclearinghouse.org  for additional information.

Fact Sheet

Young People and Trauma” factsheet can be accessed at

Online Resources

Helping Your Children Manage Distress in the Aftermath of a Shooting


Coping with Violence and Traumatic Events


Coping with Crisis—Helping Children With Special Needs


Managing Strong Emotional Reactions to Traumatic Events: Tips for Parents and Teachers


Identifying Seriously Traumatized Children: Tips for Parents and Educators


Talking with Kids About News