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Compassion Centers To Open
updated: Aug 13, 2014, 3:54 PM

By Edhat Subscriber

Compassion Centers to Open August 14 and 15; Free Counseling available to Community Members Impacted by August 11 Killings

In the aftermath of four killings near Santa Barbara on August 11th, free counseling will be available for community members at compassion centers on Thursday, August 14 and Friday, August 15 at La Colina Junior High School and Foothill Elementary School.

Sponsored by the Santa Barbara County Department of Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Services (ADMHS), the Santa Barbara Response Network, La Colina Junior High School and Foothill Elementary School, the compassion centers will be available Thursday and Friday during the following hours:

• La Colina Junior High School Library, 4025 Foothill Road, Santa Barbara, 10 am - 12 noon; 1 pm - 3 pm; 5 pm - 7 pm. • Foothill Elementary School Library, 711 Ribera Drive, Santa Barbara, 10 am - 12 noon; 1 pm - 3 pm; 5 pm - 7 pm.

"This is an important time for us to come together and share our feelings," notes Suzanne Grimmesey, MFT, ADMHS Public Information Officer. "We invite friends, family members, students, neighbors, teachers and other community members affected by the tragedy to participate."

For more information, please contact Suzanne Grimmesey, MFT, 681- 5289 or 886-5403.

An brief guide prepared by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, "Talking with Children About Mass Violence," is a useful resource for parents and teachers. It is available online at: http://www.nctsn.org/sites/default/files/assets/pdfs/talking_to_children_ about_mass_violence.pdf



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