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Parenting Great Kids Podcast - Episode 215

Supporting Children through Grief and Trauma

with guest Dr. Julie Kaplow

Hosted by Dr. Meg Meeker | October 21, 2023 | 41:32 min.

Sooner or later, your child will experience grief or trauma. As a parent, there’s nothing more painful than seeing your child struggle and not find relief. Dr. Julie Kaplow, a renowned expert in childhood trauma and grief, shares how to foster your child’s recovery, healing, and growth.

Today's Guest(s)


Dr. Julie Kaplow

Julie Kaplow, PhD, ABPP, is an accomplished clinical psychologist and expert in childhood trauma and grief. She holds several leadership positions, including Executive Vice President at the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute, where she focuses on trauma and grief programs and policies, as well as Executive Director of the Trauma and Grief (TAG) Center at The Hackett Center for Mental Health in Houston, Children’s Hospital New Orleans, and Tulane University School of Medicine. Dr. Kaplow also leads the Lucine Center for Trauma and Grief, providing no-cost teletherapy to traumatized youth in Texas and Louisiana. Her work includes research, publications, and grant-funded programs aimed at enhancing resilience in children facing adversity, and she has contributed to important advisory groups in the field of mental health. Prior to her current roles, she held key positions at Texas Children’s Hospital/Baylor College of Medicine, and she has a strong educational background in psychology and clinical training.


If you want to support your child through their grief and trauma, but you feel unsure of what to do, this episode is a must-listen. Maybe you’ve been told to just give it time or try to distract them, but deep down, you know these actions aren’t meeting your child’s needs. Dr. Julie Kaplow shares practical ways to support our children through their healing journey, including the importance of self-care as you help your kids.


In this episode, you will be able to:

  • Learn practical strategies to help your child cope with grief and trauma and support their healing journey.
  • Discover the importance of open communication about grief and how it can strengthen your relationship with your child.
  • Understand the unique challenges children face in experiencing grief and trauma and gain insights on how to navigate them.
  • Gain valuable insights on how to navigate your own emotions as a parent while supporting no your child through their grief and trauma.



With the escalation of global conflict dominating the news right now, your kids may be exposed to images online or on social media that will frighten or traumatize them. Help them process by teaching them to pray to God for His protection over all children caught in the crossfires of this war – and the families of those whose children are lost or missing.  



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