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New resource for children who have experienced trauma

New Directions and the Canadian Centre for Child Protection team up


For Immediate Release

(WINNIPEG, MB) – Today New Directions for Children, Youth, Adults & Families (New Directions) and the Canadian Centre for Child Protection (Canadian Centre) launched a new resource for those working with children who have experienced trauma.

This storybook, Big Feelings Come and Go, explains the concept of freeze, flight and fight in a child-friendly way. An age-appropriate resource, the book helps adults introduce methods of self-regulation in a way children can follow along and practice.

“We want kids to trust themselves, and their feelings,” says Dr. Jennifer Frain, CEO of New Directions. “When kids can pinpoint what they’re feeling, they’re more capable of dealing with their reactions in the moment. We’re thrilled to have worked with the Canadian Centre to provide this much needed resource to families and organizations dealing with childhood trauma and those big feelings, every day.”

The Canadian Centre works to reduce victimization and sexual exploitation of children through a number of national programs, services, and resources.

“New Directions’ expertise in child trauma and recovery drove the direction of this book,” says Noni Classen, Director of Education at the Canadian Centre. “We are excited to work together and bring in our educational expertise, helping create a resource that will foster children’s ability to manage overwhelming feelings arising from trauma experiences and stress.”

Big Feelings Come and Go can be ordered or downloaded from www.protectchildren.ca.

For more information or to arrange an interview contact:

Communications, Canadian Centre for Child Protection
Phone: 204-945-8074
Email: communications@protectchildren.ca
Communications Coordinator, New Directions
Phone: 204-226-4517
Email: Lori.hunter@newdirections.mb.ca

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About the Canadian Centre for Child Protection: The Canadian Centre for Child Protection is a national charity dedicated to the personal safety and protection of children. Our goal is to reduce the sexual abuse and exploitation of children, assist in the location of missing children and to prevent child victimization. The Canadian Centre operates Cybertip.ca — Canada’s national tipline to report child sexual abuse and exploitation on the internet, as well as other prevention and intervention services to the Canadian public.

About New Directions: New Directions is a non-profit organization providing a combination of services that are responsive to the changing social, psychological, cultural, educational and vocational needs of people in their communities. New Directions has been in operation for over 133 years and currently serves over 2,000 Manitobans. We offer services ranging from family counselling to resources for youth, job training to specialized living support, community treatment homes to foster care, and a variety of resources utilized by individuals with intellectual disabilities, the Deaf community and the Indigenous community.

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