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It could be really hard for a parent to answer the question, "Has my dad killed someone?" It's a tough question and it's really hard to think about what would be the best answer I could give my child. So the first thing to do as a parent is to think about what is your child really asking, what are they concerned about. And you can learn that by asking them, "Well what do you think about that?" And hear what they're saying and try to just understand what their curiosity is. Maybe they're concerned that, "Well if my dad killed somebody, maybe someone might kill him." And so that's a very different answer that you might give then. But say an adolescent who's maybe deciding how they feel about death and dying. You might need to give a different level of response to that versus a child who is maybe contemplating whether or not they are okay with war or violence. And in that case you would need to give a very different response and probably have a different conversation about what that means.
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Catherine Mogil, PsyD

Family Trauma Therapist

Dr. Catherine E. Mogil is an assistant clinical professor at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior in the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is a licensed clinical psychologist and serves as the director of training and intervention development for the Nathanson Family Resilience Center and as the co-director of the Child and Family Trauma Service.

Dr. Mogil is also a consultant for the National Military Family Association's Operation Purple Family Retreats, the Uniformed Services University, and a special military project with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. Her recent research focuses on the effects of multiple deployments on military families, including the role of parental functioning on childhood mental health. Working with children of all developmental stages, Dr. Mogil has been involved in several intervention development and translational research projects that examine the efficacy of parent-assisted interventions for infants and toddlers in foster care, school-aged children with developmental disabilities, and adolescents with autism spectrum and other disorders.

Dr. Mogil is certified in parent-child interaction therapy, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, and leadership education in neurodevelopmental disabilities. She received her doctorate from Pepperdine University and completed her clinical internship at UCLA. Dr. Mogil also completed a postdoctoral fellowship specializing in the prevention and treatment of child and family traumatic stress at the University of Southern California and Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

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