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Insights on Discussing Trauma and Violence

After a week with tragic shootings across the country, President Fayneese Miller and faculty members gave expert insights about how to better understand and heal from violence.

With degrees in psychology and work in applied social psychology, President Miller provided insights and personal experiences on WCCO TV about how to best talk to children about racial inequality. She explained that conversations should not be about individual people, but about action, society, and hopes. You can watch the video of her interview below.


Robin Parritz, professor and chair of the Psychology Department, also explained to the Star Tribune the best approach to talking with kids about the traumatic events. She advised that in conversations with children, it is best to validate their fears but also give them hope.

Professor Jillian Peterson, from the Criminal Justice and Forensic Science Department, gave insights about how to process violence on FOX 9. As a forensic psychologist, Peterson explained that the better we understand the root of the violence, the better we can overcome the grief.

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