TO: UCSB Staff and Faculty

FR:  Pati Montojo, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist, Academic and Staff Assistance Program (ASAP) Manager, Human Resources

RE:  ASAP – Mass Shootings Trauma Support  


Words fail to describe the horror and sadness we felt as we learned about the horrific mass shootings in Uvalde, Texas and Buffalo, New York. We recognize that nearly 8 years ago to the day, our community was suffering from a heinous violent event in Isla Vista.  It is important that we tend to the collective trauma that we may encounter in the wake of tragic events impacting our country, communities of color, children, and families. We know that these traumatic events can have a significant impact on us as employees. The frequently occurring mass shootings can be extremely difficult to process- ASAP is here to support you. We have set aside drop-in times this week, 5/31 to 6/3 with ASAP psychologists to help cope with common reactions and types of stress that may continue after mass violence events.


We have curated a list of resources that may be helpful in supporting and talking with your child and/or in supporting your own processing and coping as a working parent.

  1. CRWS_How to talk to youth about scary events.pdf
  2. CRWS TeensTalking About Frightening Events.pdf
  3. CRWS_Spanish_Talking to Children_Violent Events.pdf


View Drop-In availability and book a time here.