Ashland University Center for Nonviolence Schedules Child Trauma Author and Trainer

9/12/11 ASHLAND, OH -- Barbara Oehlberg, nationally known as an author and trainer on child trauma issues, presents "Understanding and Reacting to Fear and Trauma" on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Hawkins-Conard Student Center Auditorium on the Ashland University campus. This event, hosted by the Ashland Center for Nonviolence, is free and open to the public.

Oehlberg will explore trauma and coping mechanisms for parents and professionals, a topic that is highly relevant for anyone working with children whether the trauma is on a personal level or on a broader scale. Coping mechanisms, employed during stressful life events, are useful when implemented effectively but first require an understanding of how they should be used.

Oehlberg's expertise is in identifying what trauma is and how one should respond to it. Some of the questions that Oehlberg will cover are: What triggers trauma? How should we respond to trauma when presented with it personally or professionally? What can be done to lessen trauma in specific situations?
Oehlberg, an education and trauma consultant in Ohio, is known for her training techniques and sessions. She was the recipient of the 1997 Humanitarian Award from the Center for Prevention of Domestic Violence and the 1997 Volunteer Award from the Ohio chapter of the National Social Workers Association. She also is the author of the 2002 book "Making it Better: Activities for Children Living in a Stressful World."

Jerry Strausbaugh, executive director at Appleseed Community Mental Health Center, commented: "Ms. Oehlberg has provided several trainings for our staff in the area trauma intervention. Her presentations are not only filled with pertinent and relevant data but they are also highly practical. She is by far one the best trainers we have ever worked with."

John Stratton, director of the Ashland Center for Nonviolence, added: "Fear and trauma are concerns that will always need to be dealt with. Because this is a prevalent issue among youth today, this presentation will be invaluable to educators, parents and other professionals."

For social workers and counselors attending this event, the Ashland University Department of Social Work is offering 1.5 CEUs.

The Ashland Center for Nonviolence, located on the campus of Ashland University, is committed to exploring and promoting alternatives to violence in ourselves, our families, our communities and our world. The center is committed to finding choices when there seem to be none, as well as answering the seemingly unanswerable question, "What else can we do?" For more information about this event, or to learn more about the Ashland Center for Nonviolence, please call 419-289-5313 or visit us online at<>.

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