When our children experience a traumatic event, we can feel powerless to help. We fear getting it wrong or reminding them of the hurt. Or we miss important cues that signal a child is in distress, leading us to address problematic behaviors with discipline or frustration.
Counselor Darby Strickland wants parents to know that they are just the right person to help their child. After a distressing event, a parent’s shepherding can play a vital role in their child's healing—helping them to feel loved by you and the Lord. You can help children navigate their fears, guide them through their distress, and assist their recovery. Your child does not need you to be an expert in trauma; your child needs you to engage with them as they suffer, pointing the way toward hope and healing.
Darby A. Strickland, MDiv, is a faculty member and counselor at the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF). She is a contributor to Becoming a Church That Cares Well for the Abused and author of Is It Abuse? A Biblical Guide to Identifying Domestic Abuse and Helping Victims, the children’s book Something Scary Happened, and the minibook When Children Experience Trauma. She writes regularly for the Journal of Biblical Counseling. Darby and her husband, John, have three children.
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