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East Tennesseans learn about helping children through trauma at conference

6:05 PM, Feb 12, 2013   |    comments
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Dozens of East Tennesseans learned more about helping children through trauma on Tuesday.

The American Red Cross hosted a child trauma conference in Knoxville. The event featured a child trauma expert and clinical psychologist from Duke University Medical Center.

More than 100 emergency responders, teachers, and mental health professionals from across East Tennessee took part.

Organizers say it's important to be prepared to help children through traumatic experiences when they happen.

"What we know is that it's so important to plan for and be available to talk to children and help them when a disaster happens, rather than just hope that they won't know. Because with social media, that's just not going to happen. Or that it's too uncomfortable for us and we don't want to say the wrong thing. The bottom line is there's not anything wrong we can say, but today what we're doing is coming together to talk about what we can say," said Dr. Robin Gurwitch.

The conference focused on talking with children and learning to recognize common childhood reactions to trauma.

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