Workshop Provides Trauma Training

By: Amelia Nahmias Email
By: Amelia Nahmias Email

HARRISONBURG,Va. (WHSV) -- A trauma training workshop at EMU couldn't have come at a better time.

Yesterday's shooting is traumatizing to not just those in the building, but also the families and friends of the victims, and even the entire community.

Vernon Jantzi, a sociologist, works for a program called Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience.

He taught a workshop Tuesday about how to help others deal with trauma using activities like art and discussion.

Jantzi said they discussed yesterday's shooting and he hopes people who interact with the traumatized victims will be able to understand some of their behaviors.

"They're losing their temper or not being able to deal with certain things, that those are very normal and natural responses to these types of events. And there's nothing wrong with these individuals that they're actually doing what they're body is telling them to do," said Jantzi.

The participants in Tuesday's sessions generally work with trauma victims.

They include are religious leaders, mental health professionals and educators hoping to enhance their work in helping our neighbors cope.

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