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Rise ‘N’ Learn Webinar - BREAKING NEWS: How Psychotherapists Can Help Children and their Families Cope with Traumatic News in the Media and When Trauma Occurs in Their Communities


May  7, 2021

9:00 - 11:00 a.m. (Central)


Registration Fee:  $10 (payment must be made online at time of registration)

Format:  You will receive a link to the Zoom webinar and instructions a few days prior to the training, if your registration fee has been paid. The email will come from or so please be sure to add these email addresses to your safe/white list or check your Junk/Spam folder if you cannot find the email in your inbox.

Presenters: Carla Beatrici, Psy.D., Director of Clinical Services, Smart Love Family Services, and Felicia Owens, Psy.D., Minority Families Program Director, Smart Love Family Services 

Overview: Modern advances in technology have enhanced and improved our lives in many ways. While there are benefits to having information at our fingertips, it can be overwhelming for both children and adults to navigate this new world. How can psychotherapists--and other caregivers such as parents--help children digest the traumatic events they are exposed to on the news, the internet, social media and even in their own communities? The presentation will provide an overview of the negative effects traumatic news or events can have on children and articulate how caregivers can best help children cope. Special consideration will be given to helping children, including racial minority children, who are exposed to violence and racial injustices in their communities--when the breaking news is real life news. The presentation will emphasize: (1) the importance of caregivers being available to listen to how children are feeling and providing a close relationship children can turn to for help with losses and their feelings; (2) how therapists and parents can engage in developmentally appropriate conversations with children about what they witness; (3) how parents and caregivers can best regulate access to digital media to protect children and reduce exposure to traumatic information; (4) the value of adult caregivers--therapists and parents alike-- getting help with their own intense reactions to traumatic news or highly charged events to facilitate the child's healing as well as their own.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify four negative emotional, psychological and behavioral effects and symptoms children can experience when exposed to traumatic, violent news in the media or in their communities.
  • Describe three helpful guidelines on how psychotherapists and other caregivers including parents can have developmentally appropriate conversations with children to facilitate positive coping and emotional adjustment to hearing or living with traumatic news.
  • List two guidelines and strategies on how parents and other caregivers can effectively regulate children’s access and exposure to media based on developmental stages.
  • List two guidelines on how psychotherapists and parents can have developmentally appropriate and culturally informed conversations with children about race, racism and social justice.
  • List one benefit of caregivers getting their own support to digest traumatic news.

Continuing Education Credits:

2.0 CEU’s are available for LCSW, LCPC, LSW, LPC, and QIDP

All other professionals are encouraged to check with their respective licensing boards for questions about whether this workshop meets criteria for continuing education credits.

Following the event, attendees will receive an email with a link to the online evaluation to complete. All attendees MUST complete the online evaluation in order to receive a CEU certificate, no exceptions. Once the evaluation response window closes, CEU certificates will be emailed. This process takes approximately 3 weeks following the event. Evaluations open within 2 days post-event and remain open for 10 days. 

Cancellation/Refund Policy:  The registration fee is non-refundable

Professional development workshops are sponsored by a partnership between the Community Mental Health Board of Oak Park TownshipRiveredge Hospital, and Streamwood Behavioral Healthcare System.