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Trauma from Family Separations

October 21, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

In our relationships with family, friends or colleagues, we may know children who have been separated from their parents due to a death, incarceration or a military deployment. Many of us are aware of research describing the disturbing effects of when a child is separated from his/her parents. Sadly, we are now witnessing how our government’s immigration policy is purposely separating children from parents without consideration for the devastating consequences this may have on a significant number of youth. In order to be better informed about the traumatic effects of forcibly separating children from their mothers/parents, the Potluck Society is hosting a presentation on this topic.

We are delighted to invite all community women including our members, their guests and all YWCA members. We will meet for fellowship on October 21, 2018 from 2 to 4 pm and to hear from two experienced clinicians — Cara Ruddy and Maggie Masterton who specialize in working with children suffering from trauma.

From their years of experience, Cara and Maggie will discuss the consequences of child and parent separations, including the profound impact on a child’s development, trust issues and future relationships. They will share case studies from their practice related to the effects of trauma upon children as well as some of the techniques they use to help children heal. Finally, they will help to facilitate a discussion with our members illuminating the effects of the present immigration policy which detains and separates children from their parents. We truly hope you will join us.


LOCATION: Our event will be held at the Princeton YWCA Bramwell House, which is located directly behind the main building of the YWCA at 59 Paul Robeson Place. There is ample parking especially on Sundays. You are welcome to bring a friend but please send us her full name through our email address (potlucksociety@gmail.com).

POTLUCK TRADITION: This is a Potluck event so please remember to bring a dish or beverage to share, or $10 donation for the food kitty.

About Our Speakers

Cara Ruddy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Registered Play Therapist. She co-owns Princeton Play Therapy and Counseling Center in Princeton, New Jersey. Cara has worked with children, adolescents, adults and families for the past 13 years and is passionate about using expressive therapies to help her clients along their healing journey. Cara is a graduate of Wheaton College and Bryn Mawr School of Social Work and Social Research. She has received advanced, post graduate training in child development, attachment theory, Play Therapy, Mindfulness Based Play-Family Therapy, Sand Play Therapy, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy.  Cara is dedicated to working with clients of all ages, with a special interest in healing from trauma, anxiety, adoption and foster care issues, divorce, depression and parenting support.

Maggie Masterton is a licensed clinical social worker specializing in the treatment of children, adolescents, and families.  Maggie has over ten years of experience working with children and teens in schools, community mental health agencies, and private practice, and is the co-owner of Princeton Play Therapy and Counseling Center in Princeton, NJ.   Maggie received her Master of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania and her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Rutgers University. She has received advanced training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Sand Play, and Play Therapy. Maggie’s clinical practice is informed by the latest research in trauma and child development. A strong focus of Maggie’s training and clinical work has been around helping clients heal from trauma, work through parenting struggles, and overcome anxiety and depression.


October 21, 2018
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Potluck Society


Bramwell House at YMCA
59 Robeson Place
Princeton, NJ 08540 United States
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