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December 2019 Newsletter

As the end of 2019 approaches, we look back with gratitude for the support, dedication, and energy that the members of PU4P have given to the Parkland community. In forming this organization, it was clear that we would be in the community offering therapeutic support for the long haul. We met with organizations and professionals from other mass traumas who reminded us that the broad support only lasts so long but the people who are affected will need therapeutic support, guidance, and intervention well beyond the initial overwhelming amount of support. We couldn't have done so without such incredible members who understand, or have the desire to understand, the ongoing and long term needs of a community who has experienced a mass trauma. We know there is more work to be done ahead and as this new year approaches, one that we anticipate to be another challenging year with the legal case, traumatic triggering, and grief / restorative oriented tasks being a central focus, we ask our members to stay connected with us, encourage colleagues to join, and continue pushing forward to provide support to our community that is still so much in need of our assistance. Thank you for your commitment and your efforts in this past year and for continuing on into the new year with PU4P.

Program Spotlight Meadow's Movement

Meadow's Movement honors the life of Meadow Pollack who was a senior at MSD when she was killed in the tragic shooting. Members of Meadow's Movement along with members of Ride for Meadow raised funds to open a beautiful playground in Coral Springs. To read more about Meadow's Playground, click here. In addition to the beautiful collection of tributes, gathering space for friends to honor Meadow, and unity of people who want to create safety in the community through Meadow's Movement, Meadow's father also founded Americans for CLASS (Children's Lives And School Safety). To learn more about the activism and advocacy being done by the Pollack Family through Americans for CLASS, click here.

PU4P  Updates Therapists and Mental Health Practitioners - We are reaching out to you as the board of Professionals United for Parkland.. Since the shooting on February 14th, 2018 we have been working hard to support the community together. We need trauma trained therapists to be on our Vetted Therapists List that we provide to organizations and agencies so they may refer individuals and families. The holidays, the trial, and the anniversary are approaching so we will receive more requests for our list. Soon the grant for individual services should be released and we were asked to send the most updated list. We will be able to send your information for referrals through this collaboration. More than anything, we need to have good quality therapists who have trauma training to offer the community. Your commitment to be on the list is to provide two pro-bonos a year. In exchange, you will be on our online directory (soon to be live on the website). In addition, all the community agencies including Children Services Council, United Way, and Eagles Haven have this list. Professionals United for Parkland is hoping we can add more qualified trauma therapists to our vetted list. If you know of anyone you can share this with, please feel free to share with them. Please send your information to info@pu4p.org to begin or update your vetting for the PU4P list. Don't forget to check our Facebook page for the most current events, updates, and information about PU4P! Thank you for your support of PU4P and your dedication to the Parkland community


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