Santa Barbara County Psychological Association Offers Resources in Wake of Mass Shooting

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Source: Santa Barbara County Psychological Association

(SANTA BARBARA, CA) – Psychologists in the Santa Barbara County region joined colleagues Monday in expressing deep sadness over the mass shooting of concertgoers in Las Vegas, NV, on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017. Several local families were directly impacted by the tragedy.

“We want to insure people that many of the feelings they are experiencing – shock, anger, fear – are normal responses to a trauma,” said Dr. Laura Ciel, president of the association that represents more than 190 licensed clinical psychologists, graduate students in psychology, and post-doctoral trainees.

Psychologists counsel victims to seek safety, process with friends and loved ones the feelings they are experiencing, and to access help if they are not finding that their symptoms decline over time. Taking proactive, empowering action – such as donating blood or supporting survivors by donating to vetted organizations – can be helpful. Specific guidelines exist for explaining and reassuring children during such times. Excessive exposure to media coverage of traumatic events is not recommended for anyone, especially children. 

As in previous tragedies, many members of the SBCPA community offer short-term, low-cost or no-cost therapy to community members who have been touched by this event and who need help managing more difficult or lasting responses.

In addition, the SBCPA pointed to helpful resources of the affiliated American Psychological Association about the aftermath of such tragedies and how they impact both adults and children. 

The following links to pages on the American Psychological Association’s website address trauma after mass shootings, talking with children, and media exposure.

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REX OF SB Oct 03, 2017 10:54 PM
Santa Barbara County Psychological Association Offers Resources in Wake of Mass Shooting

#5671, I completely hear what you're saying. The problem is, there are already so any guns on our streets that I don't see how gun control can solve anything at this late stage in the game. You can make all guns illegal tomorrow, but what do you do about the hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of guns that are already out there? My own opinion is one that I'm sure would not be condoned by most people (even the liberals): automatic death penalty for anyone using a gun for any crime whatsoever. That is the ONLY way to bring about gun control. Unfortunately, that's never going to happen.

420722 Oct 03, 2017 02:38 PM
Santa Barbara County Psychological Association Offers Resources in Wake of Mass Shooting

This amendment was created by people that thought women were worthless, that having a slave was ok and when weren't even smart enough to have created cars, electricity, gas cooking, computers or telephones. We even thought you could cure a cold by rolling up and orange and jamming it up the nostrils I mean come on, we were inhumane back then why do we still have laws from when we didn't know right from wrong????

a-1571496267 Oct 03, 2017 01:26 PM
Santa Barbara County Psychological Association Offers Resources in Wake of Mass Shooting

Yetti: It appears that you have missed the point. Simplistic solutions to complex issues are not going to do any good...and you know that. Maybe we should have yet another protest Santa Barbara...express our RAGE and then have meal on State St. in front of hungry homeless people eating out of the trash cans...where is the protest for people in our community dying from hunger and exposure? Collectively we turn our backs and have no shame.

yetti Oct 03, 2017 12:37 PM
Santa Barbara County Psychological Association Offers Resources in Wake of Mass Shooting

IT IS TIME for some serious action to limit gun ownership in this country. All major issues like: Owning fully automatic machine guns in Nevada, Amassing a F'N Arsenal like this nut job with 60 guns!, Owning an Assault Weapon ( WHY?), should all be on the table for possible revocation or serious limits. Hunters and sportsmen, like myself, should be forced to only own the right tool for the right job, period. There is no justifiable reason to amass an arsenal just because you have a small wiener and want to buy respect! A hunter gets a single action rifle for actual fair chase hunting. A person concerned about their personal safety can buy one semi auto pistol or shotgun for protection in their home. Get over it folks.. Just like giving up our privacy on the internet to suppress foreign terrorists, NOW it is time for the gun nuts to give up some of their so called rights to protect the rest of us against complete nut jobs Like Mr. Paddock in Nevada that just killed 60 innocent civilian citizens!

a-1571496267 Oct 03, 2017 12:47 PM
Santa Barbara County Psychological Association Offers Resources in Wake of Mass Shooting

Ducky - did this guy have any mental health issues that we know of? I mean, other than wanting to kill a bunch of people. Stop blaming mental health. The unspeakable violence resulting from any "mental health" issues he had would have been severely limited had these types of guns not been available for him to purchase. It's so damn simple.

a-1571496267 Oct 04, 2017 08:48 AM
Santa Barbara County Psychological Association Offers Resources in Wake of Mass Shooting

JQB - Do you think background checks would have caught this guy? No. What about mental health checks/reports from Dr.s? Nope, he didn't have a record of this. So, how is my statement that more restrictions (eg, people with mental health issues can't get guns) or tougher background checks (eg, people with a record of violent crimes can't get guns) would not have stopped him false? You've done a lot of jabbing at people here, but haven't provided any explanations.....you know, the hard work in a discussion.

a-1571496267 Oct 03, 2017 02:41 PM
Santa Barbara County Psychological Association Offers Resources in Wake of Mass Shooting

Where in the Constitution (it's capitalized out of reverence and respect, unlike wearing an American flag hat or swimsuit or flying it on your pickup truck.....) are you referring to? Nothing prohibts gun control nor does anything say healthcare is merely a "privilege." Explain yourself instead of re-posting your do-nothing comment 5 times.

a-1571496267 Oct 03, 2017 12:02 PM
Santa Barbara County Psychological Association Offers Resources in Wake of Mass Shooting

Gun ban or "control?" Control sounds like more restrictions, tougher background checks, etc. None of that would have stopped this guy. Now, if guns were just less available due to bans on certain types of guns, then it may have affected his ability to shoot so many people. But, if you start talking about outlawing certain types of guns, people will start freaking out about their 2nd Amendment "rights" to own any type of gun they want. A slippery slope.....

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