May 31, 2022

Family Resources Newsletter – June 2022

Dear CDA Families,

Sad, exhausted, overwhelmed, powerless, disheartened, confused, angry, and tired… are some of the many emotions felt across the country as we continue to process and mourn the tragedy of another deadly shooting. These feelings are completely normal for both adults and children following traumatic events that we hear about and watch unfold in the media.

The reality of these tragedies are overwhelming and we must be ready with the tools to manage and respond to the questions and concerns that our children may have. It is especially important to help them feel safe and understand what is happening. Remember, safe and supportive adults are the best predictor of a resilient child.

Below are some resources that I hope you find helpful:

Responding to Children about Violent Incidents

San Diego County News Center

A County mental health expert offers parents advice on responding to children after school shootings and other violent incidents.

An Age-by-Age Guide to Talking to Children About Mass Shooting

The New York Times

The New York Times spoke with several mental health experts about some basic principles for parents and caregivers to have in mind when talking with children of all ages in the immediate aftermath of a mass shooting.

Resources for Educators, Families to Discuss School Shootings

San Diego County Office of Education

Helping Children Cope with Gun Violence Tragedies

Sandy Hook Promise

Coping Tips for Traumatic Events and Disasters

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)


Helping Students After a School Shooting

The American School Counselor Association

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network offers searchable resources that focus on how adults can identify and respond to traumatic responses in young people:

Mental Health Resource Center

The Jed Foundation (JED)


Additional Resources

Upcoming Workshops

We have some exciting workshops lined up throughout June, including:

For details, visit our Workshops page using the button below.


We’re Here to Help

For individualized assistance with resources or referrals, please contact our Family Resources Team via the contact form on our workshops page:

Contact Form