Children's Grief and Bereavement Certificate: Provide evidence-based support to children, youth and families grieving the dying, or death of someone they care about

Children's Grief and Bereavement Certificate: Provide evidence-based support to children, youth and families grieving the dying, or death of someone they care about


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Lysa Toye, Dip EXAT, MSW, RSW
Lysa Toye is a masters-trained social worker and an expressive arts therapist. She is currently employed at the Hospital for Sick Children in their burn program, as a grief counsellor with children, youth and their families at the Max and Beatrice Wolfe Children’s Centre, Dr. Jay children’s grief program, and she has a small private psychotherapy practice working primarily with adults living with grief and trauma. She is interested in the power of mindful creativity, art, ritual, and the natural world to ground and awaken us to the full experience of being human.
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Rev. Andrew Blake
Co-founder of Sarana Institute, a charitable education centre, Andrew is dedicated to bringing mindfulness and compassion skills and training opportunities to the hospice palliative care community. In 2010, he completed Upaya Institute’s chaplaincy program, developed by Roshi Joan Halifax PhD. His final thesis, Mindful Listening at End-of-Life, explores the neuroscience of mindfulness, empathy, and compassion as a means of understanding burnout and empathy fatigue.
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Andrea Warnick, RN., MA
Andrea is an educator, grief counsellor, nurse, and thanatologist with 20 years of experience in providing grief support and education. Her passions lie both in working directly with families experiencing the dying or death of someone close to them and in teaching others how to optimize their care of the dying and bereaved, particularly when children are involved. Recognizing the provision of support for grieving children and youth as a social justice issue, Andrea brings the topics of dying, death, and grief into the necessary realm of discussion, education, and advocacy. Andrea runs her own education and counselling practice in Toronto, Andrea Warnick Consulting.
Liana Lowenstein, MSW., RSW., CPT-S
Liana Lowenstein is a Registered clinical Social Worker, Certified Play Therapist-supervisor, and Certified TF-CBT Therapist who has been working with children and their families since 1988. she presents training across North America and abroad. Recent speaking engagements include South Africa, Israel, England and Australia. She provides clinical supervision to mental health practitioners, runs a play-therapy internship program, and consults to several mental health agencies. She has authored numerous best-selling books including: Paper Dolls and Paper Airplanes: therapeutic Exercises for Sexually Traumatized; Creative Interventions for Children of Divorce; Creative Interventions for Bereaved Children; Cory Helps Kids Cope with Sexual Abuse; and Creative CBT Interventions for Children with Anxiety. Liana is winner of the Monica Hebert award for outstanding contribution and dedication to children psychotheapy and play therapy in Canada
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Esther Rhee, MSW

Esther Rhee is a social worker specializing in autism spectrum disorder, children's mental health including trauma exposure, grief counselling and family therapy. She currently works as the National Program Director for Autism Speaks Canada, supports grieving children and youth through the Dr. Jay Children's Grief Centre and is the founder of Rhee Counselling and Consulting Inc., providing counselling services to all ages, specializing in trauma exposure and individuals with disabilities. Esther's work extends from training the  Toronto Police Service, working with Military Family Services to building national program supported by the Federal Government.

In 2017, Esther was recognized as a top leading Canadian for mental health in Canada by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). Esther is the 2018 recipient of the University of Guelph's Award of Excellence, the highest honour presented to an alumni. She has been published in the Journal of Advances in Neurodevelopmental Disorders and is a frequent contributor for media outlets including news and radio stations. Esther is regularly invited to the House of Commons where she spoke at the first publicly broadcast meeting at the Canadian Senate. Her 2016 TEDx talk titled "The Autism World: Choosing In" focused on how before any change occurs, a choice must be made.