Family Strengths Network (FSN) is presenting a 5-week class and discussion led by Ali Harper for individuals who work with or parent children who have experienced trauma:
- April 13-May 11
- Tuesdays, 6-7:30 p.m.
- Held on Zoom
- Registration required here
Children experience trauma from many sources, some are more obvious than others – yet there is oftentimes no way to predict how a child will respond to an event. Two-thirds of children will experience at least one traumatic event by the age of 16, so it’s incredibly important to recognize the signs of traumatic stress and its short- and long-term impact. While not all children who experience trauma will suffer from traumatic stress, evidence shows that all children are impacted in some way.
Harper has a BS in Special Education and has worked with individuals and families impacted by trauma for 20 years in various capacities. She previously served as a US Navy Command Ombudsman where she began formal family mental health training.
She now serves as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for foster children within the First Judicial District here in New Mexico, provides family advocacy and support services to individuals around the world and is a life-long learner passionate about mental wellness. In addition, she is an adult who has managed a diagnosis of Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder for herself and parented her own children through trauma.
Note: This class is for caregivers only, a Trauma Informed Parenting Class specifically for professionals will be announced in the future.