"The Gift of Listening: Hearing What Children Can't Say'' is a two-hour workshop of Jaylene Whitehurst and Margaret Wallace. The event is set for Saturday, Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. until noon at Box Chapel United Methodist Church -- a joint partner in the endeavor.
"The workshop is to help people concerned about children who are hurting as they cope with loss and difficult situations," said Whitehurst, a local licensed professional counselor and board certified coach. "The holidays can be difficult when a family is dealing with less than ideal circumstances."
According to Whitehurst, the two hours will cover practical suggestions and group discussion to assist adults in helping children recover from a variety of traumatic situations.
"It's tough enough for adults to come up with answers to tragedies," said the professional counselor. "It's even tougher for children to express what they are going through in those situations."
Whitehurst and Wallace, a licensed clinical social worker and children's therapist from Horn Lake, have more than 25 years of experience in practicing the art of listening as the first and best response to childhood traumas.
The workshop is free with parents, teachers and other adults encouraged to attend.
"Children need the gift of our presence when they are hurting," said Whitehurst.
"I feel this is a real need in our community," added Box Chapel minister Ann Ferguson. "We are happy to co-sponsor the event and glad to help any way we can."
No RSVP is necessary for the event to be held in the church fellowship hall. To reserve a copy of printed information at the presentation, individuals can reach Whitehurst at 662-808-0902 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Box Chapel is located at 3310 County Road (Kendrick Road) in Corinth.