In the wake of the deadly mass shooting in Florida, Wake Forest Counseling Professor Samuel Gladding offers suggestions for how to cope with tragedy.
“When people experience tragedy or trauma, either personally or vicariously, they have a sense of fear, a sense of anxiety, and often they become understandably upset,” Gladding said. “Even when the violence occurs far away, they can feel less safe than they felt before.”
Several strategies can help, he said:
Gladding worked with the Red Cross in assisting families of those killed in the World Trade Center attacks on 9/11 and in providing counseling after the Virginia Tech shootings. He has taught, researched and written about counseling for more than 30 years. He has made presentations and written book chapters and articles on how trauma affects individuals and communities.
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Gladding, an expert on family counseling, can address issues related to parenting, blended families, and family relationships.
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