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Seminar Offers Guidance on Helping Children after Trauma

A seminar in St. Joseph on Monday taught educational leaders and counselors ways to help children that have experienced trauma and grief.
(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Trauma can be difficult at any age, but can be even more confusing and hard for a child.

A seminar in St. Joseph on Monday taught educational leaders and counselors ways to help children that have experienced trauma and grief.

"I think trauma and grief are more difficult for children because they don't have the understanding that we have as adults," seminar instructor and social worker Jean West said.

Many children have a hard time expressing their feelings after traumatic events because it is a sensory experience.

"Trauma is stored as a sensory memory which means it is stored in our right brain," West said. "It's difficult to talk about since it's not stored in the part of the brain that deals with language."

The seminar taught ways workers can help these children work through their emotional pains.
West said that drawing is a good way for children to express their traumatic event.

Attendee Brandi McGill sees traumatized children every day at her psychiatric hospital.

"Learn some skills, how do we actively and effectively help children who have been traumatized," McGill said.

The seminar is two days long and will teach the instructors a multi-step process to help children on Tuesday.
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