First Presenter's Institution

Family Recovery of Southwest Georgia

Second Presenter's Institution

Family Recovery of Southwest Georgia

Third Presenter's Institution

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Fourth Presenter's Institution

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Fifth Presenter's Institution

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Location

Session 4 (Sloane)

Strand #1

Mental & Physical Health

Relevance

This proposal relates to the HEALTH strand in that it focuses on providing support and mental health care to students and staff when a crisis occurs.

Brief Program Description

How do we talk to children and students about tragedy? How do we support families faced with a health crisis or unexpected death? This presentation will discuss the challenges of dealing with tragic circumstances and how we can best support children, students, and their families in a way to promote emotional health.

Summary

Unfortunately the world we live in is full of tragedy and crisis. While we cannot keep our children shielded and perfectly protected from the world, we can appropriately respond to them when there are difficult situations. A family member is suddenly killed in an accident, a classmate is diagnosed with cancer, a family’s home is burned to the ground; these situations often lead to questions and fears amongst both those directly involved as well as throughout the community.

Using attachment theory, systems thinking, and trauma theory, this presentation will discuss how to effectively manage unexpected crises. We will discuss the importance of self-awareness and self care, how to respond to those directly involved in a crisis, and how to effectively talk to children and students about difficult situations. We will demonstrate how to allow children to process any issues in a healthy way. Signs and symptoms of distress and trauma responses will be identified, as well as when to refer out to a professional.

Evidence

This presentation will show evidence from research in trauma, attachment, and systems. Trauma experts such as Bessel van der Kolk and Judith Herman, attachment research by Susan Johnson, and interpersonal neurobiology work by Daniel Siegel will all be utilized and discussed.

Format

Individual Presentation

Biographical Sketch

Elizabeth Marston is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker living in Moultrie, Georgia. She completed her MSW at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has pursued advanced training in trauma and completed basic training for EMDR. In her private practice, she works with individuals of all ages, couples, and families. She specializes in working with clients diagnosed with personality disorders as well as complex trauma.

Sam Marion is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker from Moultrie, Georgia. He completed his MSW at the University of Georgia. He has advanced training in trauma, play therapy, and EMDR. Fluent in Spanish, Sam enjoys being able to provide services to clients throughout the community. He enjoys using sand tray, art, play, and other expressive therapies when working with people of varying ages, as well as couples and families, within his private practice setting.

Keyword Descriptors

Mental Health, social work, crisis response

Presentation Year

2020

Start Date

3-10-2020 8:30 AM

End Date

3-10-2020 9:45 AM

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Hard Conversations, Healthy Conversations: How to Respond When Tragedy Strikes

Session 4 (Sloane)

How do we talk to children and students about tragedy? How do we support families faced with a health crisis or unexpected death? This presentation will discuss the challenges of dealing with tragic circumstances and how we can best support children, students, and their families in a way to promote emotional health.