Professor Shares Insight Regarding Parenting, Grief Process

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Dr. Cathy Bush advised parents to encourage children to vocalize their thoughts regarding the Connecticut rampage.
Dr. Cathy Bush shares insight with WPTV anchor Michael Williams.

Dr. Cathy Bush shares insight with WPTV anchor Michael Williams.

December 20, 2012

As the world tried to make sense of the horrific Newtown, Connecticut rampage in which 20-year-old Adam Lanza killed twenty-six people, many of them children, Associate Professor Cathy Bush shared insight with South Florida's NBC affiliate regarding how to talk to children about the tragic news.

In the live interview with WPTV anchor Michael Williams, Bush advised parents to support, love and assure their children while minimizing the amount of exposure they have to graphic media coverage. "Our natural instinct is to protect our children," she reflected, while reminding viewers that it's important for them to vocalize and to work through their emotions.

"This is a random act and no one knows why it happened, but we can tell our children that we love them and remind them that the majority of people in their lives are good people who are not trying to harm them," she said.

Police say Lanza, 20, went on a rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School, killing 20 six and seven-year-olds and six adults before taking his own life. Lanza also shot his mother, Nancy Lanza, to death in the nearby home they shared before heading to the school, authorities say.

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Dr. Cathy Bush holds a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Central Michigan University. For the past two decades she has studied and invested in the development of leadership in individuals and groups as a professor, a researcher, a consultant, and an executive coach. Her consulting experiences include working with a number of organizations in a wide variety of industries while providing workshops and consulting with leaders on organizational issues such as team effectiveness, process improvement, employee retention, performance management, employee satisfaction, employee assessment and selection, and change management. Dr. Bush has taught Northwood University MBA program leadership and marketing classes since 2001, and recently served as the Academic Dean of the DeVos Graduate School of Management for all Northwood University campuses.