By Cynthia Germain
The Kewaunee County University of Wisconsin Extension Office has recently started a unique educational series aimed at providing skills and hope to parents with children who have experienced trauma. The 16 hour series was developed by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and is taught by the UW Extension Family Living Coordinator, Renee Koenig, and Carol Stuebs of the Kewaunee County Human Services Department. They both serve on the Hope committee, Helping Outreach Preventing and Educating, and assist families that have experienced trauma in all of its forms. Koenig indicates that it is important to teach not just parents but professionals caring for children in the community so that children can get past traumas and become more resilient.
The series has begun and meets on three Saturdays for four hours and two Thursday evenings for two hours. There are currently 21 people attending this series, and the Thursday evening sessions include a meal and child care. The next series will be offered after the first of the year and those interested can call the extension office to reserve a seat.