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Dear ASGW Family:

We are devastated by the recent senseless murders of grocery shoppers in Buffalo, NY, churchgoers in Orange County, CA and now schoolchildren and teachers in Uvalde, TX. We are grieving for their lives violently cut short and heartbroken for their shocked families. As a group it is important for us to come together to support clients and each other during these tragic mass shootings that have occurred recently. We can also use our group skills to help communities to heal through outreach, advocacy, and public policy change. Let’s care for each other in the myriad of ways that are needed. 

How to help Uvalde, Texas families:

ASGW endorses the ACA Statement on the School Shooting in Uvalde, Texas. The ACA link and additional resources are below. 

Statement of the American Counseling Association on the School Shooting in Uvalde, Texas

Today, our nation has begun learning about yet another mass shooting, this time at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, where 19 children and two adults were shot dead by an 18-year-old high school student. In the days, weeks, months, and years to come, professional counselors working in schools and communities will be called upon to help those who were impacted by what our country has …

Additional Resources:

From the National Child Traumatic Stress Network:

Talking to Children about the Shooting

Tips for Talking to Students about Violence

Helping School-Age Children with Traumatic Grief: Tips for Caregivers

After a Crisis: Helping Young Children Heal

Age-Related Reactions to a Traumatic Event

Assisting Parents/Caregivers in Coping with Collective Traumas

Addressing Race and Trauma in the Classroom: A Resource for Educators

Parent Guidelines for Helping Youth after Mass Violence

Talking to Children about Mass Violence

From the National Association of School Psychologists:

Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers