Helping Children Deal with Tragedies in Response to School Shootings

Guest Post by network180 In response to the recent school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, network180 shared this valuable resource for navigating the tough conversations with children after such tragedies. What parents should talk about with children: Recognize the sudden, unexpected, tragic event. Be clear that children and teachers were hurt, don’t…Read more

What the Nassar Scandal Can Teach Us

Yesterday, after a week of heart-wrenching victim impact statements, renowned sports physician Larry Nassar was sentenced up to 175 years for sexually abusing his patients — many of whom were just children or young teenagers when he first began assaulting them. Not yet known are the full consequences to be faced by Michigan State University,…Read more

Trauma-Informed Yoga Brings Calm and Healing to Survivors

The nervous system isn’t just in the brain — it travels through the whole body, meaning the emotions we feel are felt throughout our bodies. That’s why the YWCA introduced trauma-informed yoga classes for survivors of domestic and sexual violence last year, as a complement to traditional therapy. “Anxiety, depression, and trauma really do get…Read more

Welcome to the YWCA West Central Michigan Blog!

Hello and welcome! One of the parts we are most excited about with our newly redesigned website is right here, this blog. Because of the nature of what we do, addressing the issues of domestic and sexual violence, much of the work done at the YWCA is very private. However, this blog will seek to…Read more