Talking with our Children about Transition, Crisis and Loss

4/24/12 7-8:30pm Freedman Center
225 Nevada St., Newtonville, 02460
No Registration Required

When Bad Things Happen to Good Families: Talking with our Children about Transition, Crisis and Loss

Parents need to understand how their children might respond to stressful events, such as moving, separation/divorce, death, etc. In this workshop, parents will learn developmentally appropriate ways to prepare children for difficult changes and how to build resilience, as well as strategies for supporting them in the midst of these types of stressors.

Lawrence Berkowitz MPA, Ed.D. is the Director and co-founder of Riverside Trauma Center. A licensed Psychologist in Massachusetts, Dr. Berkowitz has specialties in working with children, adolescents and families. He trains extensively on suicide prevention, assessment and management of suicide, and postvention activities to contain suicide contagion in schools and communities. He has consulted with numerous groups throughout Massachusetts on trauma responses and clinical issues for the past 20 years, and leads a state-wide behavioral health trauma response network. He holds a Masters degree in Public Administration from Western New England College and a Doctorate of Education in Counseling and Consulting Psychology from Harvard University.

Joanna Hooper LICSW is the Clinical Services Director at Riverside Trauma Center. She has worked with youth, families, adults, and communities that have experienced trauma in a wide range of settings, including schools, shelters, drop-in centers, non-profit social service agencies, and private practices within the U.S. and abroad for more than 14 years. She has extensive experience working with survivors of child abuse, domestic violence, homelessness, substance abuse, and immigration-related traumas. She holds an MSW from the University of Michigan with a concentration in Health and a Certificate in Traumatic Stress Studies from the Trauma Center at JRI.