Sometimes People Treat Newcomers Badly: How to Talk to Kids About Immigrants and Refugees

While America is a nation of immigrants, there still are places in this land where people who come here from other countries are not welcomed. This story focuses on the experiences of one girl to illustrate some of the misconceptions and prejudices that can fuel fear, ridicule and even persecution. It also points the way to peace, understanding and acceptance. More

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About Richard Wallace Klomp

Richard (Rick) Wallace Klomp is a seasoned Mental Health Professional who is committed to helping children deal with challenging and potentially-painful situations that can arise in their lives. As a board-certified, Licensed Professional Counselor, Rick has one Masters degree in Organizational Behavior and a second Masters degree in Community Counseling (which actually focused on helping individuals change.)

He is a proactive Behavioral Scientist who has worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) since 2001. He also is an Adult Educator & Organizational Development leader with government, health care, private practice, and consulting experience who adds value as a collaborative change agent. He has demonstrated proficiency at establishing rapport with diverse individuals and groups to facilitate development of relevant skills, knowledge & attitudes necessary to improve wellness, resilience & performance. Professionally he has leadership, listening, collaborating, teaching, culture change, team-building, coaching/counseling, training, conflict resolution and diversity management skills. He also has experience counseling adults who were molested as children and has completed specialized training in the use of Prolonged Exposure Therapy to treat PTSD.

His writing skills were honed when he received his Bachelors degree in Communications with an emphasis in Print Journalism. In his work with Smashwords, he integrates his passion for protecting children with his considerable experience in counseling and psychology to produce books that adults can use to facilitate productive conversations about tricky topics with children who are important to them.

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