November is Domestic Violence Awareness month. IMFFA brought Mrs. Julia Silva, Director of the Violence Prevention Office at the American Psychological Association to provide a workshop for parents at the IMF about consequences of children stress and trauma, and how to prevent these.
Mrs. Silva is a psychologist, but more importantly she is an Ex-IMFFA Member, since her spouse used to work for the IMF. This means she is familiar with the institution’s lack of work-life balance and was able to elaborate on this subject.
With a very interesting presentation, Mrs. Silva explained the science behind a child’s mind and how often we take the wrong approach by trying to rationalize with children, when they are entirely emotional beings.
I found the event to be very educational and eye-opening, we were presented with a lot of useful information and many strategies and resources that can be employed to prevent the harsh consequences of children stress and trauma.
I am really glad that we got the opportunity to meet Mrs. Silva, and I certainly hope she will keep coming back to IMFFA as many more families can benefit from this kind of presentation.
Mrs. Silva kindly gifted the IMFFA office with brochures and books about this topic. Don’t hesitate to pass by or ask for information.