Local psychologist Dawn Huebner

We're pleased to welcome back Dawn Huebner, PhD, local clinical psychologist and bestselling author of the popular "What to Do When" books for kids. Her new book is Something Bad Happened: A Kids' Guide to Coping with Events in the News.


When children learn about something big and bad - even when they hear only bits and pieces - their brains get busy trying to make sense of it. Where did it happen? Why did it happen? And especially, will it happen again?

Something Bad Happened guides children ages 6 to 12 and the adults who care about them through tough conversations about national and international tragedies. The non-specific term "bad thing" is used throughout, keeping this a flexible tool, and so children are never inadvertently exposed to events their parents have chosen not to share. Fear, sadness and uncertainty about the "bad thing" all are normalized, and immediately usable coping tools provided.

For children and parents to read together, this one-of-a-kind resource by child psychologist and best-selling author Dawn Huebner provides comfort, support and next steps for children learning about troubling world events.

IMPORTANT NOTE: While this is a book for kids, this event is for ADULTS. Dr. Huebner will be speaking frankly and answering questions openly about tough topics, so it may not be appropriate for kids. 


Praise for Something Bad Happened:

"Dawn Huebner has a gift for speaking with children about difficult topics. Something Bad Happened is kind, informative, and filled with compelling images that will help children understand and cope with their reactions to upsetting events. At a time when scary stories fill the news, Dr. Huebner's wise and compassionate book is a resource that every parent, teacher, and counselor will want to have on hand."  -Eileen Kennedy-Moore, PhD, co-author of Growing Friendships: A Kids' Guide to Making and Keeping Friends

"In the digital age, children are often exposed without filters to tragic and disturbing news. We want our children to understand, stay calm, and be proactive. EVERY parent and child can benefit from the compassionate, practical, step-by-step guidance Dawn Huebner offers on how to make sense of the all-too-often upsetting event." --Mary Alvord, PhD, Psychologist, Co-author of Conquer Negative Thinking for Teens and Resilience Builder Program for children and adolescents


Dawn Huebner, PhD is a Clinical Psychologist specializing in the treatment of anxious children and their parents. She is the author of the award-winning What To Do When Your Worry Too Much, five other What To Do Guides For Kids, and Outsmarting Worry (An Older Kid's Guide to Managing Anxiety). She lives in Exeter, New Hampshire.

Event date: 

Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Event address: 

Water Street Bookstore
125 Water Street
EXETER, NH 03833
Something Bad Happened: A Kid's Guide to Coping with Events in the News Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781787750746
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Jessica Kingsley Publishers - September 19th, 2019