Individual modules/days may be taken separate from Certificate, please contact Mary Anne at 416-924-1164 x 3233 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
Grief is a confusing and isolating experience for any person, old or young. Children’s grief, however, differs considerably from adult grief, resulting in the needs of grieving children often being overlooked or misunderstood. This can have a profound impact on the social and emotional development of a child. Caregivers, including the most skilled professionals, often feel helpless when supporting children through the death of someone close to them.
The Certificate Program in Children's Grief and Bereavement explores the roots of our cultural discomfort with the topic of children and death and exposes common myths and misconceptions. This certificate program equips you with skills to provide evidence-based support to children, youth and families grieving the dying or death of someone they care about. Adults cannot change the reality of a death occurring in a child’s life, but with the right tools they can play a powerful role in shaping the story of the child’s grief experience and therefore help the child thrive in life.
This training is suitable for any professional or volunteer who is in a position to influence the support received by a grieving child. This includes front-line workers and volunteers such as medical professionals, educators, clergy, social workers, administrators, residential workers, counsellors, funeral service providers and hospice volunteers. You are welcome to take any number of modules; however, you are required to take all five modules to obtain the certificate.
1. Children at the Bedside:Preparing Children for the Death of Someone Close
Andrea Warnick RN, MA, - May 8, 2017
You will learn to:
2. When Death Darkens the Door: Supporting Bereaved Children and Youth
Andrea Warnick RN, MA, & Andrea Kwan MSW, RSW - May 9, 2017
Emerging trends in the literature on the topic of children’s grief and bereavement
Innovative and practical tips for helping children and youth understand the concept of death, and for supporting their grief process
What not to say to a bereaved child or youth
The role of cultural humility in grief work
Literary, web, and local supports available to children and youth who have experienced a death
3. Supporting Grieving Children and Families Using Mindfulness and Compassion
Andrea Warnick RN, MA and Andrew Blake - May 10, 2017
4. When Grief Gets More Complicated
Andrea Warnick RN, MA, & Liana Lowenstein MSW, RSW, CPT-S & Colleen Mousseau M.Ed - May 11, 2017
5. Dancing in the Darkness: Creative Approaches to Working with Grieving Children and Youth
Andrea Warnick RN, MA, and Lisa Toye MSW, RSW - May 12, 2017
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Monday, May 8, 2017 - Friday, May 12, 2017 9:00 AM - 4:00 PMEastern Time Zone
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