Making Sense of Senseless Killing

In the wake of another mass school shooting, we look to the past for clues and to trauma experts for solace.

Five Ways Children Overcome Tragedy

By Kathryn Seifert Ph.D.

Five things adults can do to help children overcome tragedy.

Talking With Children About the Newtown Shooting

By Eileen Kennedy-Moore Ph.D.

Tips for talking to kids about scary news

The Bipolar Gun Debate

By Thomas J. Leeper PhD

Addressing gun violence requires moving beyond the usual frames

Is It Possible to Predict Violent Behavior?

By Fredric Neuman M.D.

Can a psychiatric examination predict, and prevent, a mass murder?

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