Training

Professional Training

The Grief Center provides training for our Bereavement Facilitator Volunteers and more. Mental Health Professionals, Educators, First Responders, Medical Professionals, Chaplains and Funeral Professionals and educators have all found this information helpful in their professional settings. The Bereavement Facilitator Trainings are accredited by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).

Schools are impacted by grief in many ways. What do you do when a student experiences the death of a family member, or a close friend or a classroom experiences the terminal illness or sudden death of a fellow student, or faculty member? The workshop includes:

  1. Understanding how children grieve differently than adults.
  2. Learning to recognize some of the common pitfalls to which bereaved youth are vulnerable, i.e. physical ailments, substance abuse, depression, increased tardiness and absences, poor school performance, anxiety disorders.
  3. Identifying some of the key differences between bereaved youth at different developmental stages; distinguishing between elementary, middle, and high school-aged students, to create effective interventions.
  4. Understanding our typical cultural responses to grief (i.e. fear of explicitly discussing the death and obscuring the facts with euphemisms, offering platitudes, ignoring the death) are not helpful. Learn how to replace typical responses with more helpful responses and compassionate companionship.
  5. Exploring ideas for supporting students immediately following a death and throughout the school year.
  6. Exploring ideas for supporting students and memorializing after the death of a fellow student.
  7. Exploring ideas to support bereaved parents and caregivers so they may better understand and support their grieving student at home.

CGC staff have resources and information to help schools address grief and loss and promote healing. Contact Us for pricing and information on how we can come speak to your school or organization. 

Click here for a “What to Say, What Not to Say to a Grieving Student” Handout

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Vicarious Trauma: Working With a Traumatized Population

Since 2001, the staff and volunteers at the Grief Center have supported community members through their grief journeys. Along the way, we have learned how important it is to tend to our own hearts, so we may be fully present to others.

This special, in-depth training (1-2 hours in length) can be customized for your organization, to address your staff's needs.  Cost begins at $250.00 per hour of presentation time.

Contact Us for pricing and information on how we can come speak to your group or organization.

Our Notification of Death class is for Medical Professionals, First Responders and Chaplains who are on scene with families when a death has occurred and focuses on what to say when children are present to help them understand what has happened.

Contact Us for pricing and information on how we can come speak to your group or organization. 

This presentation dives into the 4 Tasks of Children's Grief, and how children grieve differently than adults. This information is appropriate for adult family members and friends of bereaved youth, as well as professional working with them in a school, medical or clinical setting.

Contact Us for pricing and information on how we can come speak to your group or organization. 



 

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