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Faith Formation: Talking about Grief & Trauma with Tweens & Teens

Resources including: Children & Family Curricula & Storytime; Confirmation/Affirmation of Baptism; Denominational Resources; Tween & Teen Mental and Spiritual Health; Sexuality & Identity; and Online/At-Home Tech

Welcome

Welcome to The Ministry Lab's curated list of resources to help caregivers and parents engage youth in conversations around grief and trauma. Here you'll find:

  • Books & Downloads
  • Blogs, Podcasts & Articles
  • Websites & Curricula
  • Videos and Webinars

See also our Contemplative & Mental Health Practices for Children & Youth and/or Hope & Resilience guides for developing self-awareness and tools for navigating distress, anxiety, and trauma.

If you don't find a resource to fit your need, don't hesitate to consult with The Ministry Lab's director, Emily Meyer, who is happy to assist you.

Books & Downloads - for Tweens/Teens

The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.     Fire in My Heart Ice in My Veins     Healing Your Grieving Heart for Teens     Struggle to Be Strong 2019     When a Friend Dies 2019

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Websites for Tweens/Teens

iBme's website is informative. Retreats and courses may be life-changing.

Scarleteen discusses COVID-19 from the perspective of sexual and mental health for young people. They offer free text, message board, and live chat options for immediate help for kids suffering abuse, or those feeling depressed, anxious or confused. Includes links to additional resources for mental and sexual health questions.

Resources for Parents & Caregivers

Responding to Student Trauma

Poetry Unbound: incorporate poetry into a personal or group contemplative practice, worship/liturgical element, or fodder for small group discussions among tweens, teens and/or adults.

Listen to the trailer and subscribe on Apple PodcastsSpotifyGoogle PodcastsOvercast, or wherever you listen.

shared Nine Tips for Talking to Kids about Trauma, following the Paris attacks of 2015. The tips are just as relevant, today.

     

provides links to resources and intervention sites, along with tips for working with children, teens and families, an entire page of Resources in the Wake of Community Trauma and Beyond, and includes Trauma Resources for Children and Families; contact info for their Mobile Crisis Mental Health Services may be helpful for some families to have on hand.

Websites & Curricula

shares several resources about well-being in Covid-19 times, including this list geared toward caring for Youth.

Virginia Theological Seminary’s building faith blog talks about the effects of trauma on faith in youth and their Trauma-Informed Tools for Youth Camp Ministry can be adapted for at-home or small group use.

offers a 4-week curriculum on anxiety and faith for high school students.