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Mourners gather at the site of the attack on a Muslim family in London, Ontario. After tragedy, there is no one way to recover from trauma. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Brett Gundlock

A child psychiatrist who knew those killed in the London terror attack offers advice on helping kids deal with trauma

Racial trauma in society has been challenging for all of us, especially children and teens. There are practical steps we can all take to help ourselves and our kids heal.
Courts have failed to understand the role childhood trauma can play in adult criminal behaviour. (Shutterstock)

Criminal justice needs a better understanding of childhood trauma

The execution of Lisa Montgomery in the U.S. earlier this year demonstrates how society misunderstands the effects of mental illness and trauma on criminal behaviour.
To protect students and communities across the U.S. from COVID-19, many districts have switched to digital learning or a hybrid of in-classroom and virtual schooling. ZEPHYR/Getty Images

Stressful times are an opportunity to teach children resilience

Children struggle amidst adversity, but these tumultuous and highly emotional times make it a critical time to teach ‘resilience’ – giving kids coping skills.
A significant break in the school year could have a devastating impact on the motivation and learning of vulnerable students. (Shutterstock)

4 strategies to support vulnerable students when schools reopen after coronavirus

School closures under coronavirus have raised significant risks for vulnerable students who face maltreatment and exposure to violence. Here are five priorities to address when reopening schools.
Elementary school student Adrian Zak works with his teacher online in Vienna, Austria, March 25, 2020. The Austrian government has restricted freedom of movement for people in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. AP Photo/Ronald Zak

Coronavirus isn’t the end of ‘childhood innocence,’ but an opportunity to rethink children’s rights

These are difficult and dire times, but holding on to the myth of childhood innocence won’t make this crisis any easier.
Drills can help people learn how to respond when an active shooter situation arises, as recently occurred in Santa Clarita, Calif. AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez

Do lockdown drills do any good?

Being ready takes training and practice. But it might not require fake blood and simulated shootings.
California is implementing universal screenings for childhood trauma. wavebreakmedia/Shutterstock.com

How universal childhood trauma screenings could backfire

Universal screenings for childhood trauma, like the ones being implemented for California students, may cause more harm than good, a scholar argues.

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