A tapestry has many different colored threads, textiles and textures that are woven together to make a beautiful, cohesive and inclusive work of art and community. Tapestry making, now a lost art, served as a concrete art-form, and a metaphor for how families and communities told stories about their lives and connections. Our communities are struggling to find ways to reach and touch young people and the events that are tearing at the fabric of their futures. Tapestries is a creative, and inclusive facilitation guide and offers exploratory support for advocates and centers that must begin to look at layers of losses to stay relevant in their communities, and with more diverse funding sources. Young people and the people that love and advocate for them can use the ideas and activities in TAPESTRIES to weave a colorful, and meaningful dialogue about change and loss and how this impacts development, ideas about their loss stories and as a foundation for hope. Appropriate for established advocates and for any program looking for relevant and resonant ways to interact and engage with new and diverse participants in grief support and youth development programming.
Alesia Alexander, LCSW, CT, is a therapist, author and grief, loss and inclusion consultant who serves as co-director of the Tapestries Institute, which provides customized education, training and consultation services to meet the needs of individuals, groups, and organizations interested in doing grief support and inclusion work in their community. Alesia was featured in the PBS documentary Speaking Grief and has worked in community, non-profit, and individualized settings for over 20 years, Certified in Thanatology, she has been honored to walk with young people and families living with loss.
Financial: Alesia Alexander is the founder, executive director, and consultant for Project KARMA, Inc. She has employment relationships with Lotus Therapy Tapestries Training Institute. She is a consultant for Catch Your Limit Consulting Inclusion and receives royalties as a published author. Alesia Alexander receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Alesia Alexander is a member of the Association for Death Education and Counseling and serves on the advisory board for the Speaking Grief Initiative.
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