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FREE 2-Day Live Virtual Event

Kids Grief Summit

January 24–25, 2024
$629.94 Value – Absolutely FREE!
Can't attend live? Register anyway for 14-day free access to the training!
*CE hours, certification, and certificate of completion are available for an additional cost. Register for more information.
Plus, get a FREE physical copy of When Someone Dies with the optional CE upgrade packages!

Pain can last a lifetime for kids who never learn to process grief.

During these two days, you'll get tools to help your young clients through all types of losses, from death to the stressors of everyday life!  Tools like...

Therapeutic games * Art expression * Stories * Commemorating activities * and More

...bringing them back to a place of safety and security!

You'll get step-by-step guidance including:

  • An innovative and developmentally appropriate model for assessing bereaved children to create a grief support plan
  • Engaging interventions to help children grieving from suicide, homicide
  • Tools to resolve guilt, commemorate the deceased, manage grief outbursts
  • And so much more!

AND as a special bonus, this training will give you ALL the education you need to become a Certified Child & Adolescent Grief Counseling Specialist (CGCS-CA) through Evergreen Certifications! Professional and clinical experience standards apply to be eligible for certification. Learn more about the CGCS-CA certification at www.evergreencertifications.com/CGCSCA.

The growing numbers of bereaved children and teens only intensify the pressing need for you to gain transformative tools to support your young clients.

Don't miss your opportunity to join thousands of your colleagues during this completely free 2-day Kids Grief Training event and get the therapeutic approaches, and clinical interventions to help your clients heal.

FREE 2-Day Live Virtual Event

Kids Grief Summit

January 24–25, 2024
$629.94 Value – Absolutely FREE!
Can't attend live? Register anyway for 14-day free access to the training!
*CE hours, certification, and certificate of completion are available for an additional cost. Register for more information.
Plus, get a FREE physical copy of When Someone Dies with the optional CE upgrade packages!
Summit Schedule – Day 1
Wednesday, January 24, 2024
8:30 AM to 4:30 PM Central
Liana Lowenstein, MSW, RSW, CPT-S
The Epidemic of Grief: Innovative Tools for Grieving Children and Their Families
Featuring Liana Lowenstein, MSW, RSW, CPT-S | Click here for information about Liana Lowenstein
 

Join award-winning author and international speaker Liana Lowenstein, as she equips you with the knowledge and tools needed to work effectively with grieving children, teens, and families.

You will learn up-to-date grief theory, an innovative model for assessing bereaved children, and a variety of creative techniques to address typical and traumatic grief. You'll also learn engaging interventions to help children bereaved by suicide, homicide, mass violence, military casualties, natural disasters, traumatic separation, and other types of loss.

Watch the creative interventions come to life through demonstrations and actual client sessions. A must-see session!

Up-To-Date Grief Theory and Foundational Knowledge

  • Key definitions: Grief, disenfranchised grief, prolonged grief disorder, traumatic grief
  • Differences between typical and traumatic grief
  • Factors that impact children's grief reactions
  • Children's concept of death at different ages and stages
  • The tenets of grief informed practice

Figuring Out What's Going On: Assessing Bereaved Children and Teens

  • Areas to assess
  • Innovative model for assessing the unique needs of bereaved children and their families

Getting Innovative: Play and Expressive Arts to Help Children Through Their Grief Journey

  • Therapeutic games, art, and stories to help bereaved children open up, learn healthy coping tools, express sadness, resolve guilt, commemorate the deceased, manage grief bursts
  • Family play therapy interventions to open communication between children and their caregivers

What To Do When Grief Gets More Complicated

  • Equip caregivers with sensitive and age-appropriate ways to talk with children about tough issues such as suicide, homicide, and drug overdose
  • Unique activities to address the toughest situations: Suicide, homicide, mass violence, military casualties, natural disasters, and other types of loss
  • Evidence-based treatment for traumatic grief

Summit Schedule – Day 2
Thursday, January 25, 2024
8:30 AM to 4:00 PM Central
Tashel Bordere, PhD, CT
Homicide Loss & Grief Among Black Youth
Featuring Tashel Bordere, PhD, CT | Click here for information about Tashel Bordere

In this session you’ll learn about concerns and experiences of Black youth bereaved by homicide loss and culturally-resonant strategies for effective outreach and practice:
  • Homicide Rates and Patterns of Trauma, Loss, and Grief among Black Children and Adolescents  
  • Common Grief Reactions to Traumatic Loss within Cultural Context  
  • Factors that Complicate Grief for Youth and Families Bereaved by Homicide   
  • Suffocated Grief and Bereaved Black Youth   
  • And more... 
A compelling session you don’t want to miss!
  • Social Justice Theories and Concepts 
  • Homicide Rates and Patterns of Trauma, Loss, and Grief among Black Children and Adolescents  
  • Common Grief Reactions to Traumatic Loss within Cultural Context  
  • Factors that Complicate Grief for Youth and Families Bereaved by Homicide   
  • Homicide Loss in Relation to the Covid-19 Pandemic 
    • Systemic inequities, and social unrest  
  • Suffocated Grief and Bereaved Black Youth  
  • Limitations in research and practice   
  • Culturally conscientious, grief-informed practices in research, clinical work, and programming with youth and families coping with deaths by homicide
    • 5 A’s, rituals, continuing bonds

Andrea Warnick, RN, MA
Untangling Grief: Supporting Children Through Substance-Related Loss
Featuring Andrea Warnick, RN, MA | Click here for information about Andrea Warnick
 

Death of a significant person represents one of the most powerful disruptions in all aspects of a child or youth's emotional existence...

...and when a death is related to substance use, there are additional layers of complexity to a child's grief process due to challenging elements such as feelings of guilt, confusion, and isolation. An important element in any child's grief process is their ability to narrate their understanding of the death to both them and others.

Join Andrea as she shares innovative and practical strategies for supporting a healthy grief process including:
  • Approaches to help children understand their grief and the cause of death
  • Helping children develop their narrative of the death
  • Creative ways to express and process their grief

Stories and important messages from children, youth, and their families will be woven throughout.

Common Barriers

  • What holds families and professionals alike back from entering into conversations about death with a child?
  • Strategies and approaches for navigating these barriers
  • Risks and limitations

Grief Literacy

  • What is grief literacy and why is it important?
  • How do we explain the following to kids: “Death”, “Overdose”, “Substance Use”, “Cremation”, “Grief”

Talking with Children about a Death from Substance Use

  • Language to avoid
  • A sample conversation

5 Common Concerns of Grieving Children

  • Why it's important for adults to initiate the conversation about these 5 common concerns
  • Examples of ways to address these concerns

Practical Support Strategies

  • Addressing informational gaps
  • Modeling grief
  • Helping the child narrate their story
  • Fostering connection with the person who died

Signs that Children May Need Additional Support

  • Irish child bereavement pyramid
  • Indications that children need more support than what they are currently receiving

Useful Resources

  • Literary, web, and program resources

Linda Goldman, MS, LCPC, FT
Climate Change and Youth: Turning Grief, Loss, and Anxiety into Action
Featuring Linda Goldman, MS, LCPC, FT | Click here for information about Linda Goldman
 

Too many of our young people have become fearful and grief-stricken, after a lifetime of bombardment by media information and images suggesting their planet could become so injured it might die during their natural lifetime.

In this session, Linda Goldman will help you embolden children, teens, parents, and caring adults in acting for the health and wellbeing of everyone on Earth.

Linda creates a foundation of understanding that our youth are grieving losses related to climate change and shares:
  • Practical tools to promote engagement with children and older youth about climate change and the grief surrounding it
  • Promote age-appropriate dialogue about climate change
  • Case Studies and techniques to use with young people about climate change
  • Current research on the impact of climate change on young people

We can travel with young people toward a path whereby everyone, young and old, expresses their grief and anxiety, then resets their moral compass to a commitment, a resolve, and a willingness to act in a way that ensures unity for ourselves and the world around us.

Grief and loss issues in today's world focusing on climate change

  • Cognitive developmental understanding of young people
  • Generations impacted by climate change 

Promoting dialogue with youth about climate change

  • Definitions
  • Conversations
  • Age-appropriate resources for dialogue (in handout)

Case Studies and techniques to use with young people about climate change

  • Environmental activities with children and climate change
  • Provide informative websites for young people (in handout)

Current research on the impact of climate change on young people

  • Research has just begun and mostly limited to the past few years.
  • Hickman et al. 2022
  • The Hispanic Resource Foundation 2020
  • Luis et al. 2020

Erica Sirrine, PhD, LCSW, FT
Could This Be Grief? Strategies for Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Non-Death Losses
Featuring Erica Sirrine, PhD, LCSW, FT | Click here for information about Erica H Sirrine
 

While grief is most often associated with death, children and adolescents experience grief from a variety of non-death losses as well.  

And our young clients have experienced unprecedented and cumulative losses over the past three years. Some of these include parental divorce, school changes, trauma, personal breakups, abuse or neglect, foster care or adoption, physical and mental illness, parental substance use, and more.  

Join Dr. Erica Sirrine, expert in death, dying and bereavement in this session on moving beyond a traditional “staged” or linear model of grief to help you understand and address the complexities of non-death losses. You'll be empowered to engage in grief-informed practice to help your young clients integrate losses into their ongoing lives in adaptive ways

Non-Death Losses Impacting Children and Adolescents 

Examine the Pandemic's Impact on Childhood Grief and the Clients you Serve 

Common Emotional, Social, Physical, and Spiritual Reactions to Non-Death Loss  

  • Impact on your young clients

Moving Beyond a Staged or Linear Model of Grief Counseling to Support Your Grieving Clients 

  • Using the Core Principles of Grief-Informed Practice to enhance your work and advocacy for grieving children and adolescents 
  • Consider current limitations of the research and intervention risks  
FREE 2-Day Live Virtual Event

Kids Grief Summit

January 24–25, 2024
$629.94 Value – Absolutely FREE!
Can't attend live? Register anyway for 14-day free access to the training!
*CE hours, certification, and certificate of completion are available for an additional cost. Register for more information.
Plus, get a FREE physical copy of When Someone Dies with the optional CE upgrade packages!
Frequently Asked Questions
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Yes! You get replay access for 14 days after the summit. Replays will be available within the week after the event ends and will be in the same place where the live sessions took place in your account portal. You also get to keep any session slides and handouts that you download!

Please note you would need to watch the presentations as they are presented live in order to receive live credit. Self-study credit is not available for the archive recordings of the live training sessions.
Yes! The self-study CE package (including up to 12 self-study CE hours) is just $99.99 – exclusively for registrants. Plus, when you upgrade to CE credit, you're eligible to become a Certified Child & Adolescent Grief Counseling Specialist – CGCS-CA through Evergreen Certifications.
Just register today with your name and email, then click the "LIVE CE" button on the next page to purchase your credit package for just $99.99 – for up to 12 live CE hours if you attend each session in full.
Yes! Just register above and then click the "Self Study" CE button on the next page and purchase the recording package. You'll get unlimited access to the recordings and be able to earn self-study CE at any time in the future.
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FREE 2-Day Live Virtual Event

Kids Grief Summit

January 24–25, 2024
$629.94 Value – Absolutely FREE!
Can't attend live? Register anyway for 14-day free access to the training!
*CE hours, certification, and certificate of completion are available for an additional cost. Register for more information.
Plus, get a FREE physical copy of When Someone Dies with the optional CE upgrade packages!

*If you purchase Live CE, please note you would need to watch the presentations that are being presented live in order to receive live credit. Click here for CE Credit breakdown.

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