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New Blog, Free Webinar, Explaining Violence to Kids…

19 May

I just visited the new Health Journeys Blog and had a great time enjoying articles by our practitioners – Traci Stein, Julie Lusk, Mellisa Dormoy, Lynne Newman – as well as hearing from our own staff members – Maggie and Elizabeth. If you haven’t clicked over there yet, try to check it out. These are wonderfully warm, informative, talented and fun people offering a wealth of insights and personal experiences.

The question we just got about what to do for a fearful 8-year-old who’s been terrified by the random violence of the Boston Marathon bombings on this week’s Q and A, came at the same time that one of my 8-year-old grandkids was expressing the exact same thing to me.  It was not lost on either child that a sweet, 8 year old, who’d done nothing wrong, had been murdered.

It’s challenging for us adults to explain something that’s just as baffling to us; and to offer genuine reassurance that isn’t complete baloney.  

I did my best to answer the question from my perspective, and also offered a link to some excellent advice from Boston Children’s Hospital.
 
One thing I could say with some certainty: we have some excellent guided imagery for scared kids, and especially now with the addition of new work to our list, by Tami Peckham and Mellisa Dormoy.  

So if you have a fearful child asking uncomfortable questions, do check out this week’s Question and Answer.

And don’t forget – there are two free webinars I gave on posttraumatic stress being offered by IDGA here.  Check them out if you have time.
 
Okay, take care and be well.

All best,

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award