The Making Sense of Trauma webinar will help you learn how to use a Trauma-Informed perspective to better understand the relational, neurobiological and developmental impact of trauma on children and youth.

Big Feelings Come and Go
is currently out of stock.
We will update this site when more books are available.

The PDF version of Big Feelings Come and Go and the Freeze, Flight, Fight and Feeling Safe and Settled posters  (both are free)are available for download here.

Check out videos of the Freeze, Flight, Fight and Feeling Safe and Settled posters on the Protect Children Youtube channel.


Big Feelings Come and Go is a storybook we hope will be a resource to help families and caregivers have conversations with kids about freeze, flight, and fight and learn some basic self-regulation skills.  We wanted to help create a book for kids to help them better understand how and why their bodies respond the way they do when they are stressed, worried or have experienced a trauma.  We have learned that when kids and adults have the words to name how they are feeling this helps in their healing process.

We hope that you will read this book with the kids in your life. Healing and growth happens in the safe healthy relationships that we build with kids. Understanding freeze, flight and fight  can allow for new conversations about how your child feels and what to do to help them manage their big feelings.

This storybook was created in collaboration with the Canadian Centre for Child Protection. We would like to thank the Centre for providing the design work and helping us write the story. It is another tool to help us become more trauma-informed in our relationships.

Upcoming Full Day Workshops 2018-2019

The Webinar is free and available to watch anytime. It is a condensed version of our full day workshop.

If you are interested in attending the full day workshop, Making Sense of Trauma: Practical Tools for Responding to Children and Youth ($65.00 per person) will be offered on:

  • February 8, 2019 - Friday
  • May 3, 2019 - Friday
  • To register or enquire about training for your team, please contact us at 204-786-7051 x5262 or email us at MSOT@newdirections.mb.ca

    The webinar Making Sense of Trauma: Practical Tools for Working with Children and Youth was created in association with the Manitoba Trauma Information and Education Centre (trauma-informed.ca and trauma-recovery.ca).

    Trauma is pervasive and impacts all of us, children and adults. Becoming trauma-informed helps us when working with children to shift from saying "what is wrong with you" to "what has happened to you". The webinar will help you to understand the patterns of children's behaviour and to learn some practical tools to begin helping children to manage those behaviours.

    • Kate Kiernan
      Kate Kiernan

      Kate Kiernan, M.Sc., is a clinician at the Families Affected by Sexual Assault Program for New Directions for Children, Youth, Adults and Families in Winnipeg. She has over 25 years’ experience working with children and youth who have experienced trauma.

    • Billy Brodovsky
      Billy Brodovsky

      Billy Brodovsky, M.S.W., is a clinician at the Families Affected by Sexual Assault Program for New Directions for Children, Youth, Adults and Families in Winnipeg. He has been working with children and youth who have experienced trauma for over 25 years.

    Both Billy and Kate are particularly interested in assisting adults to better understand the impact of trauma on children as well as on themselves. The Making Sense of Trauma webinar was developed from a one day workshop that Billy and Kate have been presenting to foster parents, Child & Family Services workers, and other professionals working with children and youth in Manitoba.

    This webinar succeeds in providing a clear and helpful understanding of trauma and its effects. It provides the caregiver with practical skills and ways to conceptualize trauma that will be immediately effective. This trauma training webinar is accessible for all; caregivers, front line workers, and therapists.

    Dr. Jennifer Frain, C.Psych.
    Chief Executive Officer
    New Directions for Children, Youth, Adults and Families

    Register for the Making Sense of Trauma webinar