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Helping Children Cope With Loss

Eileen Zatta, MSSA, LISW-S has been practicing in the field of trauma recovery for the past 18 years. She has been with the Children Who Witness Violence Program at FrontLine Service in Cleveland, Ohio since its inception in 1999. She was a Crisis Intervention Specialist for 3 years and was promoted to Program Manager in 2002. She provided oversight of all referrals that came from police for children exposed to domestic violence, community violence, and other types of trauma. The CWWV team provides a crisis response to families in their homes to assist with practical needs as well as assessment of and intervention for symptoms of trauma. In 2008, Ms. Zatta also became the Program Manager of the Traumatic Loss Response Team, a new program that was one of the first in the country to provide an immediate response to family members who lost a loved one to homicide. Her team provides assistance with death notification, crisis intervention services, assistance with practical needs related to the loss, and support with managing trauma and grief reactions. Ms. Zatta has been trained in Psychological First Aid, Skills for Psychological Recovery, and Trauma Focused – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She also was a member of a Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention Learning Collaborative at Yale University’s Childhood Violent Trauma Center.