Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Southern Arizona will present a free Zoom workshop, “The Impact of Violence on Young Children and Their Families: We Can All Make a Difference,” on Tuesday, Oct. 20, from noon to 1:15 p.m.
All children who have lived with interpersonal violence are affected by it but the reaction to it varies among children. This workshop will focus on the unique aspects of the effects of violence on children. Maxine L. Weinreb, Ed.D., will draw from the clinical work of the Child Witness to Violence Project and research findings on the impact of violence on young children’s emotional, psychological, and cognitive development. The discussion will include how everyone — parents, extended family, advocates, educators, mental health professionals, child welfare specialists, court personnel, and other important adults in children’s lives — can play a key role in protecting them.
Weinreb is the former director of the Child Witness to Violence Project at Boston Medical Center, a nationally recognized program that serves children and families affected by exposure to violence. Over the past 30 years, Weinreb has provided several hundred trainings, consultations, and assistance to early childhood programs, Head Start programs, schools, the courts including probation officers, judges, and lawyers, and to mental health and health care professionals. She provided support and training to parents, early childhood professionals, and mental health clinicians in Oklahoma City following the bombing in 1995, in New York after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, in Connecticut after the Sandy Hook school shooting in 2012, and after the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013. Weinreb and her colleagues published “Shelter from the Storm,” a manual for mental health providers on the assessment and treatment of children who have been exposed to violence