Help your children cope with violence and disasters

BETTENDORF — Each year, young people experience violence and disaster and face other traumas. Young people are injured, they see others harmed by violence, they suffer sexual abuse, and they lose loved ones or witness other tragic and shocking events. Parents and caregivers can help children overcome these experiences and start the process of recovery.

Parents often ask, “How do I help my child or teen, I hardly know how to talk to them?”

On May 7, St. John Vianney Parish Health Ministry will host an evening presentation on this topic from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Mary Chapel. During this evening presentation Chris McCormick Pries, a member of St. John Vianney and clinical director of Vera French Community Mental Health Center in Davenport, will lead participants in examining the changes in the way children and adolescents receive and process information. She will offer suggestions to parents, grandparents and other adults on how to open conversations and ask questions in a manner that promote conversation and mutual respect.

There is no cost to attend and registration is not required. Babysitting is available.

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