Grief & Loss During a Global Pandemic
Sponsored by HoriSun Hospice Community Foundation
Thursday | April 29 | 8:30 a.m. - 12 noon | 3 CE credit hours
$45 Professional Registration (3 CE)
$25 Registration (no CE)
$15 Mourning Hope Volunteer Registration (no CE)
This timely workshop, hosted by Mourning Hope and sponsored by HoriSun Hospice Community Foundation, is designed to help anyone who wants to learn more about supporting grieving children and teens during the COVID-19 pandemic (counselors, therapists, psychologists, social workers, school personnel, chaplains, nurses, physicians and others who work with bereaved youth).
COVID-19 is increasing the already disturbingly high number of bereaved children and teens. Research from Evermore shows that for every COVID-19 death, approximately nine Americans will lose a parent, grandparent, sibling, spouse or child. That’s nearly 5 million family members, friends and colleagues who are grieving the more than 525,000 Americans who have died of COVID-19. But that death count drastically underestimates the sweeping grief chasm this nation has entered; an incoming tsunami of unprecedented grief. This statistic does not account for how many other fatalities are also being grieved during this time. This statistic does not expose all the non-death losses such as missed opportunities with family and friends, students foregoing classroom learning, social isolation, and millions of jobs lost. Relentless communal grief coupled with a rising death toll is leaving a wide and growing path of grieving parents, siblings, grandparents, friends…and bereaved youth. Now, more than ever, supporting those who are grieving is vital to the holistic well-being of our children, our families and our communities.
This workshop will explore how to help children and teens cope with grief and anxiety; how to support grieving students; and how to honor grief and foster compassion resilience for ourselves as care providers.
CE Learning Systems, LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CE Learning Systems maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
Many state licensing boards accept APA approval to meet CE requirements. If you are a counselor, psychologist, social worker, LMHP or MFT, please check with your licensing board to confirm that APA is acceptable.
8:30 a.m. - 8:35 a.m.
8:35 a.m. - 9:35 a.m.
Helping Children Cope with Grief and Anxiety
Presented by: Pamela Gabbay, EdD, FT and Andy McNiel, MA
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed children’s lives in countless ways, both big and small. Bereaved children and adolescents must continue to grapple with their grief, while also coping with stress and anxiety amid all of the changes brought on by COVID-19. The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control, in partnership with Kaiser Permanente, in the 1990s affirmed the impact that stress from adverse experiences has on the long-term health of children and adolescents. The death of a primary caregiver or close family member during childhood or adolescence is a highly stressful and anxiety-ridden experience. Children’s minds are not fully formed, making them susceptible to the adverse effects of stress and anxiety after someone close to them dies. This presentation will discuss how the pandemic and COVID-19 has added stress and anxiety to children and teens who were already vulnerable due to the grief that they were experiencing. We will also discuss how anxiety and stress manifests in bereaved children and adolescents, putting them at risk for development disruption. Additionally, we will look at factors that promote healthy growth and bolster against the negative effects of stress in bereaved children and adolescents, while also discussing ways to support bereaved youth.
9:35 a.m. - 10:35 a.m.
Supporting Grieving Students during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Presented by: David J. Schonfeld, MD, FAAP
This session will begin with practical advice on how to support grieving students in any context. A wide range of topics will be covered, including what not to say, considerations related to grief across different cultures, how to initiate conversations with grieving students, identifying and addressing guilt, appropriate academic accommodations, and managing grief triggers. The unique challenges of supporting grieving students during the current pandemic will then be discussed. Free resources for addressing these challenges from the Coalition to Support Grieving Students will be shared.
10:35 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
When Hearts are Stretched: Honoring Grief and Fostering Compassion Resilience Amidst a Global Pandemic
Presented by: Tina Barrett, EdD, LCPC
For many care providers, filling your own metaphorical cup is easier said than done. The spark that draws us to our work can begin to dim when faced with daily pressures and the mounting stress among our teams. Workplace dynamics, time pressures, personal stressors, and repeated immersion in tough stories can take a toll. Then- face a pandemic. What anchors us during these times? What tools keep difficult conversations constructive and help us to productively manage the expressed anger and stress of others? How can we continually regenerate ourselves, interact in ever-more effective ways, and set up systems for healthy workplaces?
Too often, workplace wellness oversimplifies the complexity of systems. Together we’ll explore practical strategies related to individual employees, collegial dynamics, and larger work structures – with the goal of enhancing well-being and tools to address trauma and chronic stress. May you leave feeling inspired and empowered with tools to help you, your colleagues, and your employees keep on keeping on.
11:45 a.m. - 12 noon
Q&A and Closing
Tina Barrett, EdD, LCPC
Founder/Executive Director, Tamarack Grief Resource Center
Dr. Tina Barrett has over 20 years of experience with end-of-life and grief support programs and nonprofit management. Since 1994, she has specialized in family systems, strength-oriented outdoor-based support following grief and trauma. Barrett is a licensed counselor with experience in schools, psychiatric hospitals, treatment centers, group homes, and private practice. She is the Founder/Executive Director of Tamarack Grief Resource Center in Montana. Barrett serves on the Advisory Committee for the National Bereavement Camp Standards of Practice; on the Advisory Board and as a Senior Consultant for Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS); and on the National Alliance for Grieving Children (NAGC) Board of Directors.
Pamela Gabbay, EdD, FT
Co-Founder, The Satori Group
Pamela Gabbay, EdD, FT is a co-founder of The Satori Group, a national education, training and consulting organization. Dr. Gabbay is also a trainer with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, as well as an adjunct faculty member of Brandman University. Additionally, she works with The Compassionate Friends on special projects and training. She is a co-author of Understanding and Supporting Bereaved Children: A Practical Guide for Professionals.
Andy McNiel, MA
Co-Founder, The Satori Group
Andy McNiel, MA is a co-founder of The Satori Group, a national education, training and consulting organization. He is also a trainer with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and a senior advisor with youth programs for Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS). Formerly, he was the CEO of The National Alliance for Grieving Children. He is a co-author of Understanding and Supporting Bereaved Children: A Practical Guide for Professionals.
David J. Schonfeld, MD, FAAP
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement
Dr. Schonfeld is a developmental-behavioral pediatrician. He is founder and director of the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement, located at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles where he is Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at USC Keck School of Medicine.