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2-Day Certification Course on Grief Counseling for Children & Adolescents: Developmentally-Appropriate Assessment and Treatment Strategies for Processing Grief

Grief looks different in a child.

When a child loses someone, it’s a lifelong loss. Not only have they lost someone important, they often become isolated in their pain, confusion, and self-blame. Safety and security have been replaced by trauma and anxiety.

Their understanding of death, and responses to the grief that follows, are largely influenced by their developmental level, making their treatment much different from that of an adult.

Many clinicians are unprepared…a child’s unique grief leaving them struggling in session.

This live webinar featuring grief expert, author, and speaker Erica H. Sirrine, Ph.D., LCSW, FT provides you with the assessment and treatment strategies you need to help your most vulnerable clients.

Watch Dr. Sirrine and discover how you can:

Don’t miss this opportunity to get the skills you need to make a difference for your young clients.

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Program Information


  1. Analyze the cognitive components of understanding grief in childhood (i.e., irreversibility, non-functionality, causality, universality) and connect these concepts to a developmentally appropriate treatment approach.  
  2. Distinguish between different types of grief and recognize the implications of different types for treatment/intervention with children and adolescents. 
  3. Perform a clinical assessment to identify grief reactions, coping mechanisms, red flag behaviors, and factors that influence mourning in grieving children and adolescents. 
  4. Design individualized therapeutic interventions to help children and adolescents express and reconcile grief. 
  5. Analyze continuing attachment bonds after death and their relevance to clinical practice with bereaved children and adolescents. 
  6. Evaluate developmentally appropriate grief symptomology for children and adolescents and assess for clinical concerns. 
  7. Investigate how traumatic loss impacts young people and use trauma-informed interventions to reduce symptomology.
  8. Utilize strategies for providing anticipatory grief support to children facing the death of a parent, family member, or friend. 
  9. Determine boundaries of professional competence and analyze ethical considerations for working with minors and families  
  10. Utilize developmentally appropriate techniques for working through regret, forgiveness, and reconciliation with children and adolescents 
  11. Assess factors that can influence the grief process, such as multicultural and spirituality considerations, nature and type of loss, and support system. 
  12. Construct concrete terms to increase effectiveness in grief work with children. 


Critical Concepts for Treating Grieving Children & Adolescents

Assessment of Grief & Loss in Children & Adolescents Normal vs. Abnormal Responses to Loss in Children and Adolescents Traumatic Grief in Children & Adolescents The Role of Attachment in Childhood Grief Anticipatory Grief Counseling Individual Interventions to Help Children Reconcile Losses & Discover Hope School-Based and Group Interventions

Copyright : 01/27/2021

Module 3: Traumatic Grief, Continuing Bonds and Anticipatory Grief Counseling

Copyright : 01/27/2021

Suicidality and Suicide Loss in Children and Teens: Prevent Suicide and Restore Hope to Kids Grieving After Traumatic Loss

Suicide shatters worlds. And working with suicide is one of the most nerve-wracking and emotionally draining parts of your job.

Whether your client is a suicidal young person, or one who’s grieving in the aftermath of a loved one’s death by suicide, the weight of the situation can leave you feeling uncertain of your next steps and looking for answers …

This recording will provide you with answers to your toughest questions and give you the tools you need to assess for suicide risk in kids and adolescents, effectively intervene in suicidal crisis, and help them cope with the feelings that can leave them at risk for suicide.

You’ll also learn how to apply play therapy interventions for children and teens whose worlds’ have been shattered following a loved ones’ death by suicide.

Along with guidance from our expert instructors, these evidence-based techniques will empower you to work with vulnerable young people experiencing traumatic grief more skillfully than ever before.

This recording will leave you feeling confident and capable in your ability to move young clients toward hope and healing!

Program Information


  1. Appraise risk factors and warning signs of suicidal behavior in children and adolescents to increase skills in risk assessment of suicidality.
  2. Analyze protective factors that may reduce suicidal behavior in children and teens.
  3. Apply play-based interventions to reduce suicidal thoughts and/or suicidal behaviors in children and teens.
  4. Implement assessment tools that identify children and teens at highest risk for suicidality.
  5. Determine the role of parents and caregivers in suicide risk assessment and prevention situations.
  6. Articulate and apply play-based interventions to address childhood traumatic grief (CTG) for children and teens who are survivors of suicide loss.


Warning Signs For Children and Teens

Risk Assessment And Crisis Response Creating The Treatment Plan Bringing The Prefrontal Cortex Back Online Suicide Prevention Treatment of Traumatic Grief After Suicide Loss Supporting School Staff, Parents and Caregivers

Copyright : 11/20/2019