In collaboration with Jewish Family & Children’s Services, HSI offers a dynamic and new class to focus on the impact that traumatic loss has on children. In the wake of homicide, caregivers often struggle with how to parent children left in their care, especially when they are grieving the loss themselves. This new program offers an opportunity for children and caregivers to come together and experience a coordinated trauma sensitive curriculum that educates about child development, parenting, trauma and grief.

You are not alone

The tragedy of homicide rips into a family with an overwhelming cascade of emotional, social and often economic repercussions that compromise the day-to-day functioning of children and the adults caring for them. Feelings can range from “running wild” to a total “shut-down”. This rush of emotions can shift quickly in content and intensity. The effects (for both adults and children) are felt in the person’s sense of self, ability to get along with others, and ability to control or “self-regulate” emotional states.


We assist parents, guardians and caregivers who are raising children between 5-17 years old who have lost a loved one to homicide.

This includes youth whose:

  • Parent(s), guardian(s), or relative(s) were murdered
  • Loved one was killed in a vehicular homicide (DUI)
  • Loved one’s case is an unsolved homicide or “cold case”
  • Loved one was murdered in another state, country or many years ago

Program overview

Parenting through Trauma classes are presented in a 10-week cycle. A series can be joined at any time. The classes focus on providing adults and children with practical skills that can be used immediately to: manage stress and flooding emotions; and maintain healthy interpersonal relationships. Skills which are taught include: Mindfulness; Communications and Listening; Problem-Solving; and Specific Parenting Skills for difficult situations that may arise.

Each class period ends with a family time activity for adults and children together. Sessions 5 and 10 are devoted to a 2-hour Family Day with story-telling, games, and celebration.

Enroll Today

For more details about Parenting through Trauma, click the button to contact us through email.

To register, call the Jewish Family & Children Services at 520-795-0300 (press “0” to speak with a receptionist).


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