Divorce, natural disasters, death of a loved one, terrorism, depression, navigating a difficult home life —these and other crises have a profound impact on the mental and physical health of young teens and create emotional trauma most are not equipped to deal with. This program features poignant interviews with real teens who share their experiences with emotional crises: Brianna, 15, leaves her friends and school in New Orleans after a devastating flood destroys the city, Cedric, 14, still deals with the fears created from believing his mother perished in the World Trade Center attacks; Alex, 12, has to deal with the sudden death of his stepfather in an airplane crash; Christiana, 13, still wonders if she’s responsible for her parents divorce. Clinical physiologist Dr. Robin Goodman, a past consultant to the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, comments on these and other experiences using them to illustrate the different types of crises typical of middle school students, the stages of a crisis, and the resources and strategies that students can use to both cope with and eventually move past the crisis.
video, plus teacher’s resource book, student handouts and pre/post tests in digital format
Columbus International Film & Video Festival: The Chris Statuette
CINE Golden Eagle Award
Highly Recommended Designed for a teen/young adult audience, but worthwhile for adults as well, Coping with an Emotional Crisis is a first-rate production on the trauma, subsequent reactions, and methods for teens to cope with an emotional crisis. Quick cuts between teens of various gender and ethnicities describing their individual crises are supported by expert explanations from consultant Dr. Robin Goodman of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.
This program is effective on several fronts: from the coverage of the types of traumatic stress than can occur, be they short-lived minor upsets such as losing a pet or moving to a new neighborhood, or major tragedies like the death or loss of a loved one, a national catastrophe like Hurricane Katrina, or chronic abuse; the reactions that can occur from physical illness to emotional feelings of guilt, sadness, or numbness; the means of expressing feelings like the importance of crying and how some means of expression can even be detrimental to a person; to seeking support from family, friends, or counselors. As the program emphasizes, the most important thing is to realize that it is perfectly OK to get help dealing with emotional issues. Once that is acknowledged, then one can find help and begin the process of dealing with the crisis.
Since this program is aimed at a younger audience, it provides more of an overview than an in-depth coverage, but it does go into enough detail to offer a complete, well-rounded package for helping teens manage a difficult emotional situation.
Highly recommended, this video/workbook program is a very good choice for high school media centers, community college collections, and is also appropriate for college health sciences collections that deal with adolescent health and development. Human Relations Media has once again proven their expertise in creating educational programs for the young adult audience.
- Lori Widzinski, Health Sciences Library, University at Buffalo, State University of New York
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