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Talking with Kids about Tragedy

Jeff Gorter
August 30, 2017

In light of the 24-hour news coverage of the events surrounding Hurricane Harvey, many individuals may struggle in how to speak to their children. In this brief video, R3 Continuum’s Clinical Director, Jeff Gorter, LMSW shares seven simple suggestions for talking to kids about tragedy. As the rescue and response efforts continue, our thoughts continue to be with everyone affected by Hurricane Harvey.


Jeff Gorter, MSW

VP, Crisis Response Clinical Services

Jeff Gorter, MSW, is VP, Crisis Response Clinical Services for R3 Continuum. Mr. Gorter brings over 29 years of clinical experience including consultation and extensive on-site critical incident response to businesses and communities. He has responded directly to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Hurricane Katrina, the Virginia Tech shootings, the Deepwater Horizon Oil spill, the earthquake/tsunami in Japan, and the Newtown Tragedy,Orlando Tragedy, and Las Vegas Tragedy. He has conducted trainings and presented at the American Psychological Association Annual Conference, the World Conference on Disaster Management, the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Annual Meeting, Employee Assistance Professionals Association (EAPA) Annual World Conference and at other state and national venues on a variety of topics. Mr. Gorter also currently serves as an adjunct faculty member at Western Michigan University in the MSW Graduate Program.