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.

A Storybook for Kids

THANK YOU!

We are delighted by your support. We had printed 5,000 copies of the storybook and they are now out of stock! We are printing more which will be available to order soon. We will notify you as soon as it is printed.

Thank you,
Kate Kiernan and Billy Brodovsky


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.

Big Feelings Come and Go storybook, a downloadable PDF version of the storybook and Freeze, Flight, Fight and Feeling Safe and Settled Storybook posters  are available for free at https://protectchildren.ca/en/order/product/301:en/ .

Upcoming Full Day Workshops 2018-2019

The Webinar (free) is a condensed version of our full day workshop ($65.00). If you are interested in attending the full day workshop, Making Sense of Trauma: Practical Tools for Responding to Children and Youth will be offered on:

  • November 16, 2018 - Friday
  • 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

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