Trauma Response Supports In The Wake Of Newtown Tragedy

A number of community providers are offering supports  to parents, schools, organizations and businesses  in light of the recent tragedy in Newtown. Below are announcements on support services available from:

  • Family Centers Inc
  • Stamford Counseling Center
  • Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut
  • KidsInCrisis

FOLLOWED by a  list of  ONLINE resources and  PUBLICATIONS (forwarded from Ct Clearing House and The Caregiver Resource Center)


1. Family Centers Inc in collaboration with the Darien Library and other community providers is offering “…an open discussion opportunity for parents, caregivers and educators and to talk about the events, the impact on their children, ask for advice on how to talk to their children about trauma and receive feedback from professionals.

This program will be offered at the Darien Library’s Community Room on:

Monday, December 17 at 10am

Wednesday, December 19 at 7pm

Additionally, the Family Centers’ clinical services and Trauma Response Team are available to those impacted by this devastating event. Our team of specialists provide on-site counseling and Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM)/Psychological First Aid services to schools, organizations or businesses to assist in traumatic or crisis situations.   Please contact:

Stephanie Haen, LCSW
Director of Behavioral Health

Family Centers Inc.
20 Bridge Street, Greenwich, CT 06830
203-629-2822/Fax: 203-629-2940

Amanda D. Romaniello, LPC
Coordinator of Clinical Services for Darien and New Canaan

Family Centers/Center for Hope
590 Post Road, Darien, CT 06820
Ph: 203-655-4693 ext. 5141

Katey Smith, LCSW

Coordinator of Trauma Response

60 Palmers Hill Road, Stamford, CT 06902
Cell Phone: 914-409-3580       Office Phone: 203-324-3167

2.   Stamford Counseling Center:      

“If you or your family have been affected by news of the shooting or are feeling anxious or upset, you can call the Stamford Counseling for free, confidential assistance and support, 24/7. From answering your child’s questions to easing real fears and worries that you or your family may have, the caring, professional counselors at Stamford Counseling Center can help.

Just call 203-323-8560 and leave a message with a call-back number.  Or visit:

Gary Stanek, Executive Director
Stamford Counseling Center
1 Walton Place, Stamford

3.  Child Guidance Center is hosting a  parent/community forum on:

Monday, December 17    5:30-6:30 pm
196 Greyrock Place  Stamford CT

Dr. Deborah Matthews, CGC’s Director of Crisis Services will provide information and answer questions, to help parents deal with their own anxiety and concerns as well as the reactions of their children to the tragic Newtown, CT school shooting.  Please see attached flyer for more information.

Deborah Matthews, PhD
Director of Crisis Services

Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut
196 Greyrock Place   Stamford, CT 06901
O 203-517-3320      F 203-353-1524

4. “…Kids in Crisis
is here to help the community in any way needed, including providing emotional and therapeutic support for parents, students, and school staff, and serving as a resource for the community.

Kids in Crisis has assembled its Crisis Response Team and will have Crisis Counselors and Clinicians available to anyone in the community throughout the weekend and into next week.

Our 24 hour Crisis Hotline (203-327-KIDS) is a resource to anyone that needs support, including students, teachers, parents, and community providers.

We are available to meet individually with staff and students within schools, or act as a support to each school’s crisis team as needed.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to us. We are here for you, and together we will get through this horrific atrocity that has shaken Fairfield County, and the nation.

Shari Shapiro
Executive Director, Kids in Crisis

One Salem Street-Cos Cob, Connecticut


Helping Your Children Manage Distress in the Aftermath of a Shooting

Coping with Violence and Traumatic Events

Coping with Crisis—Helping Children With Special Needs

Managing Strong Emotional Reactions to Traumatic Events: Tips for Parents and Teachers

Identifying Seriously Traumatized Children: Tips for Parents and Educators

Talking with Kids About News

How to Talk With Preschoolers About School Shootings – Preschooler

Talking to kids about something as horrifying as school shootings is incredibly difficult, because adults can barely comprehend the violence of a school shooting.

Psychological First Aid (PFA) for Students and Teachers: Listen, Protect, Connect – Model & Teach

Listen, Protect, Connect – Model and Teach


Available from CT Clearing House  Ph: 1-800-232-4424

  • Fact Sheet
  • Young People and Trauma
  • Brochures
  • Traumatic Events – Helping Your Child Cope
  • Helping Young Children Cope With Trauma
  • Mental Health Response to Mass Violence and Terrorism – A Field Guide
  • When Terrible Things Happen: A Parents Guide to Talking with Their Children
  • Why Do I Feel Like This?

Tips for Talking With and Helping Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster or Traumatic Event

Tips for Talking to Children and Youth after a a Traumatic Event (download pdf)


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