Thursday, April 26, 2012

Grieving Children: How You Can Help

The Hospice Foundation of America (HFA) will present a live, online webinar focusing on Grieving Children: How You Can Help on Wednesday, May 9 from 1pm – 2pm ET.

This webinar will offer child and adolescent grief, developmental benchmarks, intervention strategies, grief responses and the newest theoretical models regarding child and adolescent grief. The live webinar features Kenneth Doka, PhD, MDiv; David Crenshaw, PhD, ABPP, RPT-S; and Pamela Gabbay, MA, FT.

“The understanding that grief is not something you ‘get over’ has important ramifications for young people,” states Dr. Doka, Senior Bereavement Consultant at HFA. “Losses they experience early in life may be revisited at critical times throughout their lives. The more those who work with children and adolescents realize this, the more equipped they will be to help young people cope with grief and incorporate loss in their lives in ways that are mentally and physically healthy.” During the program, the panelists will offer proven approaches and techniques that can support and comfort the sometimes invisible population of grieving children. Participants will have a chance to hear discussions of time-tested literature as well as newer research.

This program is ideal for a range of healthcare professionals including counselors, social workers, clergy, nurses, and also educators, teachers and other school-based professionals.

Register now to learn from the experts.

Webinar panelist David Crenshaw is Director and Founder of the Rhinebeck (New York) Child and Family Center, LLC, and board certified in Clinical Psychology. Dr. Crenshaw has written numerous books on child and adolescent grief and was awarded the Excellence in Psychology Award by the Hudson Valley Psychological Association. Ken Doka is Professor of Gerontology at the Graduate School of The College of New Rochelle and senior consultant for HFA. Additionally Dr. Doka has served as President of the Association for Death Education and Counseling and was elected to the Board of Directors for the International Work Group on Dying, Death and Bereavement. Pamela Gabbay is the Director of Mourning Star Centers and Programs at The Mourning Star Center for Grieving Children in Palm Desert, California where she works with grieving children, teens and their families. She serves on the board of the National Alliance for Grieving Children and also serves as camp director of Camp Erin in Palm Springs.

Register now to participate in the live presentation and interact with the panel during a question and answer segment at the end of the presentation. Or choose to view the program at a time that better fits your schedule, up to one year after the initial live air date. Registration is $85 for an organization or $35 for individuals. CEs are available for an additional $10 per person. Learn more about this and other programs in the Lunch 'n Learn series.

Click here to register today!