Penn State Harrisburg to host discussion: “Helping Children Cope with Trauma"

This year’s Penn State Harrisburg Reads book is “Just Mercy” by Bryan Stevenson. In keeping with the book’s themes of justice and mercy, the program will host a panel discussion on Thursday, November 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Olmsted Gallery Lounge (W107) that will explore the long-term effects of parental incarceration on children.

In the discussion, experts will explore the immediate and long-term effects of parental incarceration on children. Participants will discuss ways to support children in the aftermath of traumatic events, maintain a trauma-responsive school culture and provide needed services to at-risk children.

Members of the panel include Doug Wilburne, Franklin County chief adult probation officer; Carolyn Griess, Penn State Harrisburg teaching professor and certified youth mental health first aid instructor; Matt Brelsford, Pennsylvnaia certified school psychologist; and Josh Ramirez, school-based therapist and Penn State Harrisburg adjunct professor. The panel will be moderated by student Kristen Marie Clemons.

The event is sponsored by the Student Activities Fund. The first 50 students to arrive will receive a $5 coupon for any Penn State Harrisburg restaurant, and each student attending will be entered into a drawing for a smart notebook.

For more information, please contact Perdeta L. Bush at [email protected] or 717-948-4393 or visit