Safe Conversations

These panel discussions will focus on how our schools and community are responding to potential threats to safety and well-being, and how parents can respond to their children’s anxieties about gun violence and their own fears. In addition to speakers from Alexandria schools and the Alexandria police department, we will also have professionals from the fields of clinical psychology and family counseling who will be presenting information. They will be lots of time for questions and discussion among the panelists and the audience.

How Are Schools and Communities Reacting to Acts of Violence?

Sunday, November 3, 7-8:30 PM in Haverkamp Room

We’ll talk about how schools are training teachers and students to act under different circumstances, led by a school security official and a representative of the Alexandria Police Department. We will also discuss the impact of traumatic stress on children, and Alexandria city programs that help youth develop protective factors, reduce risk-taking behaviors, and promote safety.

How Can Parents Respond to Their Children’s Anxieties & Their Own Fears?

Sunday, November 17, 7-8:30 PM in Haverkamp Room

We’ll hear from a child psychologist about how to talk to children who might be fearful for their safety. A Navy Veteran and former Scout Leader will give a safety presentation on how to help protect children from intentional and accidental gun violence, a leading cause of death for children. We’ll also hear the student perspective on gun violence and school/community responses to promoting safety. We’ll learn about various support resources available.