By Demian Russian
On a very timely and special edition of Sirius XM Radio’s (NASDAQ:SIRI) Doctor Radio Reports, host and veteran journalist Perri Peltz, along with a team of world-class doctors and experts — including Glenn Saxe, MD, the Arnold Simon Professor and Chair, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, director of the NYU Child Study Center, a physician scientist with a focus on the psychiatric consequences of traumatic events on children — will take calls and examine how to begin a recovery after the tragic events that took place on Friday.
SiriusXM’s Doctor Radio Reports: Healing After the School Shootings in Connecticut will air live on December 17th from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm ET on SiriusXM Doctor Radio (Sirius and XM Radio channel 81). Following the live broadcast, Sirius XM will air encore presentations of this special Doctor Radio Reports today at 3:00 pm and 8:00 ET and on December 18th at 10:00 am ET. Listeners nationwide are encouraged to join the live discussion by calling 1-877-NYU-DOCS (877-698-3627), emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or sending a question or comment via Twitter @NYUDocs.
Peltz’s will be joined by the following guests on Doctor Radio Reports: Healing After the School Shootings in Connecticut –
- Glenn Saxe, MD, the Arnold Simon Professor and Chair, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, director of the NYU Child Study Center, a physician scientist with a focus on the psychiatric consequences of traumatic events on children, especially the identification of the bio-behavioral processes by which symptoms emerge and persist
- Adam Brown, PsyD., Clinical Assistant Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Clinical Coordinator of the Stress, Trauma and Resilience Treatment Service at the NYU Child Study Center & NYU School of Medicine, specializes in treating post traumatic stress and trauma in kids
- Michael Aronoff, MD, Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine, co-host of the weekly psychiatry show on Doctor Radio, specializes in family/couples therapy and forensic psychiatry
- Betsy Schur Levy, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist in New York City with a full time private practice for children, adolescents and adults, consulting psychologist at 92nd Street Y Nursery School
Peltz and the panel of experts will explore a wide range of issues and offer advice and experts on topics including:
- How to help young children deal with concepts of death, dying and feeling safe: What should you say to kids who are dealing with post traumatic stress syndrome and acute trauma? What impact does a traumatic event like this have on the children who were there, their families (and extended families) and the first responders? What do you say to a child who lives in a nearby town, who is now scared to go to school? How do you answer your 5-year old who asks if this is going to happen at their school–even if they live in a different state, or across the country in California or Washington State? For the children who were in the elementary school, or who had a younger brother or sister who was there and got out safely, how do you help a child process what happened – and how can siblings be there for each other? How can parents keep the lines of communication open for their children who are in acute need of help? How do you help a child who saw the horrific events unfolding – either other students covered in blood, or a dead teacher or dead classmates, or even just hearing the sound of bullets? How do you answer kids who ask if there are evil people in the world who do these kinds of things? Developmentally – how do kids understand death?
- The mental health of the adults–parents, first responders, friends, extended family, members of the community and others–coping with the trauma and stress of the tragedy: How can the families suffering losses cope with the unbearable grief? What can you do to calm the fears of your children—and yourself? How can people cope with a general sense of hopelessness – a feeling that the world is spinning out of control, with constant horrible tragedies? How can we help people who feel like they don’t have a right to be upset about the situation to cope with their feelings about what happened (ie? I wasn’t there; I don’t know anyone involved; I know someone involved, but it wasn’t my child, spouse)?
- Trying to understand the mindset of young people who kill: What triggers their violence and can it be prevented? why would an adult go into an elementary school and kill innocent children? Was he mentally ill, and what types of mental illness could drive someone in this direction? How can we ‘find’ people at risk, someone who might do something similar in the future?
- Media coverage: How helpful are things like Saturday Night Live’s cold open this week featuring the New York City Children’s Chorus singing ‘Silent Night’ to pay tribute to the adults and children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School? How can we “zone out” the intense media coverage – the visuals which are flashing on the screen of the “shooter” Why do we seem to have a basic human “need” to know every detail of these horrific events? Is this a recent development, based on our media culture? Or more wired into our human-animal nature?
- Teachers: Addressing the heroism of the teachers who gave their lives, paying tribute to teachers’ dedication to their students and doing everything they could do to protect their students.
Dr. Saxe joined NYULMC as Chair of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Director of the Child Study Center in October 2010. He came to NYULMC from Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital where he served as the Associate Chief of Psychiatry for Research and Development. Over the last 15 years, Dr. Saxe has been a pioneer in research on the identification of bio-behavioral processes that lead to traumatic stress in children. He is responsible for publishing some of the first studies of childhood Acute Stress Disorder (ASD), as well as initial findings of bio-behavioral risk factors for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in acutely traumatized children. In 2005, his team published the first study of candidate genes as a risk factor for PTSD in children. Dr. Saxe is also the principle developer of Trauma Systems Therapy (TST), a treatment model for traumatized children and families designed to be integrated into usual systems of care. Currently, TST is used in over 40 agencies across 13 states. The manual for TST, Collaborative Treatment of Traumatized Children and Teens: the Trauma Systems Therapy Approach, was published in 2006 by Guilford Press and was recently translated into Korean. Dr. Saxe received his undergraduate degree from McGill University and his medical degree from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He completed residency training in psychiatry at Massachusetts Mental Health Center, a fellowship in traumatic stress disorders at Massachusetts General Hospital, and a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Cambridge Hospital in Boston.
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