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Talking with Children About War and Other Humanitarian Crises
November 28, 2023

This is a recording of the webinar, “Talking with Children About War and Other Humanitarian Crises,” that took place on November 20, 2023.

The Pacific Southwest MHTTC offered this session during a season in which many families are gathering and discussing challenging, charged issues with current and ongoing wars coupled with a wide range of humanitarian and other major crises in the U.S. and abroad. In this special session, our center's School Mental Health Field Director, Leora Wolf-Prusan moderated a presentation and workshop with Dr. David Schonfeld, Director of the National Center for School Crisis & Bereavement. After Dr. Schonfeld's presentation, participants debriefed and processed in the question-and-answer segment of the program, and a discussion emerged, centered on how children understand – and misunderstand – crises and how best to explain it to them in order to promote their understanding and adjustment.

Viewers of this recording can benefit from the following learning objectives:   

  • Approaches for how to talk with children about wars and other humanitarian crises
  • Some of the causes of ineffective communication, whether due to the source (e.g., media) or recipient (i.e., the child) of the information
  • Strategies to address anger and blame during group discussions with children in the aftermath of a humanitarian crisis


This webinar was designed for mental health and school mental health professionals, including counselors, psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, and mental health program administrators.


The presentation for this session may be viewed and downloaded here