Kids and Loss: How to Work with the Uniqueness of a Child’s Grief
In the past year families have been confronted with death on a scale not witnessed in generations.
And children are often impacted most intensely following the loss of an immediate or extended family member. Trauma, pain and confusion replacing safety and security.
But 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.
Join Dr. Erica Sirrine for this powerful session so you can better understand the unique nature of grief in children and adolescents and get developmentally appropriate treatment strategies to help these vulnerable clients find hope and healing!
Dr. Erica Sirrine is a licensed clinical social worker with over 20 years of experience in the field of death, dying, and bereavement. She earned a PhD in social work and has been awarded the distinction of Fellow in Thanatology by the Association for Death Education and Counseling. Dr. Sirrine has conducted and published research on grief and bereavement, including a recent study on college student experiences of loss amid the COVID-19 pandemic that was featured in TIME magazine. She maintains a blog on grief and is the author of Sammy’s Story, an anticipatory grief counseling book for young children experiencing the serious illness of a parent.
Dr. Sirrine has extensive expertise providing individual and group therapy to children, adolescents, adults, and families experiencing illness and loss. She has implemented numerous interventions and programs aimed at improving the emotional health of clients and currently serves as the Director of Social Work at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Dr. Sirrine frequently presents seminars on bereavement and loss throughout the United States and is known for her interactive and engaging workshops. A former university dean and professor, she has been distinguished as “Professor of the Year” and the National Association of Social Workers Heartland, Florida Unit’s “Social Worker of the Year.”
Financial: Dr. Erica Sirrine has employment relationships with Southeastern University and St. Jude Children's Hospital. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Erica Sirrine is a member of the Association for Death Education and Counseling, the Council on Social Work Education, the National Alliance for Grieving Children, the National Association of Social Workers, and Baccalaureate Program Directors.