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Education Sessions for Heart Parents

Session 4: Understanding and Managing Medical Traumatic Stress in Children, Youth, and Families

Thursday, November 4, 7:00–7:45 pm

Presented by Dr. Winnie Chung, Registered Psychologist, Medical Psychology, BC Children’s Hospital

Please join us for our fourth parent education session on Thursday, November 4, at 7:00 pm, via Zoom. This will be a 30-minute live presentation followed by a 15-minute Q&A.

Please RSVP to Sam at saitken@childrensheartnetwork.org to receive the Zoom link. If you have a specific question for Dr. Chung, please include it with your RSVP, and we will do our best to accommodate.

Topic

The experience of trauma is a significantly challenging reality for many children, youth, and families impacted by a heart condition. In this presentation, Dr. Chung will provide information on mental health symptoms related to stress and trauma, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). She will discuss ways to support children and youth in coping with their heart condition and medical procedures, and ways to minimize risk for developing longer-term trauma-related mental health symptoms. She will also share strategies to support parents’ coping and adjustment as they care for their children with a heart condition, and discuss ways to access mental health support for children, youth, and parents.

Speaker

Dr. Winnie Chung is a registered psychologist who is passionate about working with children, youth, and families experiencing diverse medical and mental health conditions. She obtained her PhD in psychology from The Ohio State University. She completed her residency at Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School and a post-doctoral fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Orange County. Dr. Chung specializes in supporting children, youth, and families in hospital intensive care units, inpatient medical wards, and outpatient medical clinics, with a particular focus on caring for patients and families with cardiac diagnoses and related concerns. Dr. Chung also provides support to health care colleagues through critical incident stress management debriefings in the hospital setting.