Grief on the front lines: Fostering healthy grief in ourselves and those who we support

Grief on the front lines: Fostering healthy grief in ourselves and those who we support

Facilitator

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Andrea Warnick, RN, MA
Andrea is a Registered Psychotherapist whose passion lies in helping families and communities support people of all ages who are grieving the illness or death of someone close to them.
With a degree in nursing, a Masters degree in Thanatology (the study of dying and death) and years of nursing and counselling experience both in Canada and abroad, Andrea brings to her work a rare mixture of medical and psychosocial expertise.
Andrea developed and teaches the 5 Day Certificate Program in Children’s Grief and Bereavement at SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health in Toronto, and was a founding member of Ontario’s Children and Youth Grief Network. During her seven years of working as a grief counsellor at the Dr. Jay Children’s Grief Centre in Toronto, Andrea started and directed Camp Erin Toronto, a free overnight bereavement camp. She is also a founding board member of the Nightingale Centre for Grieving Children, Youth and Families, in Guelph.
Andrea is a member of the clinical team at Canadian Virtual Hospice (CVH) where she responds to questions about children and grief asked by professionals and family members from across Canada. At CVH Andrea was also the project lead for the development of KidsGrief.ca, a free online grief resource which was launched in 2017, and is currently the project lead for KidsGrief.ca for Educators, which launched in the fall of 2020.
Andrea lives with her partner, kids and pets in Guelph Ontario, from where she runs a group practice of therapists who provide grief support to individuals and communities across Ontario.
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Olivia Tischler
Olivia is a Registered Social Worker who holds a masters degree in social work and public health from Columbia University. She has worked in various capacities including working with children affected by cancer, working with families of children with life-threatening illnesses and in victim services at Bellevue Hospital in NYC.
Olivia currently works at the Hospital for Sick Children as a social worker within the department of Psychiatry. She is also an active part of the Andrea Warnick Consulting group practice, where she provides therapy for individuals who are navigating grief before and after the death of someone in their lives. She has facilitated workshops on grief within various health care settings, and has taught courses and lead education sessions for multiple organizations across Ontario. Olivia is passionate about supporting individual in their grief, as well as sharing knowledge within grieving communities so that they can best support each other.
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