The effects of emotional trauma on a child's brain development and function will be a common theme for presenters during a workshop focusing on the effects of violence on the nation's children.
The workshop, titled 'Violence Prevention and the Arts - Helping Children Cope with Trauma', will be held on Wednesday at the Girl Guides Association headquarters in St. Andrew.
It is being hosted by Survivors Unlimited in association with the Violence Prevention Alliance, Jamaica.
The workshop targets educators, counsellors, law enforcement and other professionals whose work brings them into contact with troubled children.
Participants will explore how art, music and other modalities are being used to help traumatised children learn new coping strategies, relaxation techniques and techniques for reframing stressful situations to manage their response to situations perceived as stressful.
Presentations will be made by Dr. Ganesh Shetty, child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist with the Kingston and St. Andrew Health Department; Marie Reynolds, clinical social worker and paediatric psychotherapist; art therapist Lesli-Ann Belnavis; and Ouida Lewis, percussionist and lecturer in West African Hand Drums, Edna Manley College.
The keynote lecture will be delivered by Dr. Coretta Brown-Johnson, clinical behavioural specialist-psychologist, and lecturer at the School of Dance, Edna Manley College of the Performing Arts.
The event is being supported by GraceKennedy Limited, Cari-Med Foundation, the Spanish-Jamaican Foundation, and First Global Limited.