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Samantha Phillips, Communications Coordinator
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Talking to Children About Violence

Washington, DC, October 3, 2017 – We are deeply saddened by the news of the shooting in Las Vegas, NV. As an association dedicated to helping children and families around the globe, our thoughts and prayers are with the children, families, and communities impacted by this senseless violence.

In hopes of helping families and children cope with loss and trauma, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) compiled the following resources:

These resources are a starting point for addressing trauma and are not intended to serve as a substitute for psychiatric treatment or counseling. Our resources were created for those coping with loss and grief, and for those seeking to foster a dialogue with their children about regional and national news events.

If you would like to speak to an expert, please reach out to the co-chairs of AACAP’s Disaster & Trauma Committee:


Representing 9,200+ child and adolescent psychiatrists nationwide, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) is the leading authority on children's mental health.

AACAP Members actively research, diagnose and treat psychiatric disorders affecting children, adolescents and their families. For more information please visit