The Kewaunee County HOPE Committee and University of Wisconsin-Extension office are preparing a free, five-session workshop about “Caring for Children and Teens Who Have Experienced Trauma.”

The series is designed for parents and any caregivers of children who have experienced trauma, said Bob Mattice, director of the Kewaunee County Human Services Department.

“It’s really helping parents and other caregivers be able to understand that the child may have suffered from some trauma and how to better help you as a parent and the child deal with their stresses in life and so forth,” Mattice said.

Many children have experienced trauma in the form of stress from parental divorce, abuse, neglect, bullying, or similar experiences. The HOPE Committee is a multi-agency, multi-disciplinary coalition that has been meeting for several years to find ways to improve young people’s lives.

The HOPE Committee – Helping, Outreaching, Preventing, Educating –includes representatives from the county Human Services and Public Health departments, UW-Extension, the Violence Intervention Project, Advocates for Healthy Transitional Living, and the Algoma, Kewaunee and Luxemburg-Casco school districts.

Goals of the workshop are to help caregivers learn about traumatic stress; learn skills to help children who have had traumatic experiences; help children develop healthy behaviors; and take care of their own stress.

The workshop is scheduled on alternating Saturdays and Thursdays over five weeks:

Saturday, Oct. 14, 8:30 a.m-12:30 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 19, 5-7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 28, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 2, 5-7 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 11, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Participants are urged to attend all five sessions or as many as possible; food will be provided at each session, which will be held in the lower level of the Kewaunee County Administration Center, 810 Lincoln St., Kewaunee.

RSVP by Oct. 1 to Renee Koening (920-388-7137, Koenig.Renee@kewauneeco.org) or Carol Stuebs (920-388-7165, Stuebs.Carol@kewauneeco.org).