So I have been invited (and am truly honored to accept) to lead a 30 minute workshop with the Girl Scout leaders in Newtown CT on Tuesday. I’m supposed to give them tips and tools for working with the kids after the Sandy Hook trauma.  I have a pretty good idea of what I’m going to say/do, but since this is new ground, I’m up for suggestions, too. Got anything? let me know!


5 thoughts on “ideas?

  1. Wow. Never done anything like that before. But did help lead sessions for churches healing from sexual misconduct. If u only have 30 minutes one helpful message we always gave was, “trust the wisdom in this group. Everything u need to heal is already here.”

  2. Talk about the good people out there…. the policeman, their teachers, the mail lady, the firefighters, etc… and how there are so many more good people- helpers in our community(I counted the people that some of my students knew who were helpers). Let kids talk but not necessarily in a large group- make sure there are at least two leaders, so that one can talk privately with a child. Plan a drawing or art activity to do. Have the kids make a coping list( I can send you examples).. it’s different for every kid. Draw their happy place. It is such a horrid thing to have to deal with for every one involved.. just reassure the leaders that their instincts will probably be right(though I had this one social worker I was co-leading with and holy horror, the damage she was inflicting– but I think she was a clueless isolated case). I’ll be thinking of you!!!

  3. Too bad you only have 30 minutes. One thing we did was let people vent and talk out what they needed in small groups. But then in big group we MOVED ON. What are next steps? What do you need and how will you get there. Venting was just to allow the other to happen, it was not the point.

  4. 30 minutes seems super short! Not sure I have any particular advice to add, other than the notion of girl-led is probably important here–some girls might want to talk, others not, and this is something that will ripple through their work for weeks, months, years.


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