Facilitators: Andrea Warnick, RN, MA, Colleen Mousseau, M.Ed, and Liana Lowenstein MSW, RSW
SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health / Hincks-Dellcrest Institute
This is Module 4 of the Children's Grief & Bereavement Certificate. Individual modules may be taken separately from the certificate program. More
This Training is Suitable for: Front-line workers and volunteers, medical professionals, educators, clergy, social workers, administrators, residential workers, counsellors, funeral service providers and hospice volunteers.
Description: This workshop will focus on how to support some of the harder-to-serve populations of grieving children and youth including those with learning disabilities, those with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, as well as those who have experienced a death through homicide or suicide. Please note, that while this workshop will be trauma-informed, the emphasis will be on recognizing, not treating, children and youth who are experiencing Childhood Traumatic Grief.
SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health
114 Maitland Street
Seminar Rooms ABC, 2nd floor
Toronto, Ontario M4Y 1E1
This workshop will focus on how to support some of the harder-to-serve populations of grieving children and youth including those with learning disabilities, those with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, as well as those who have experienced a death through homicide or suicide. The concept of "Complicated Grief" will be touched on, and ways of identifying when a child may be experiencing Childhood Traumatic Grief (CTG) will be highlighted. Please note that while this workshop will be trauma-informed, the emphasis will be on recognizing, not treating, children and youth who are experiencing CTG. Clinical examples, practical tools and resources will be shared through small and large group discussion with the aim of enhancing participant's confidence in their ability to provide grief support in clinically challenging situations.
You will learn:
Support strategies for some of the harder-to-serve populations of grieving children and youth such as those with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, Learning disability, and/or grief related to homicide and suicide
Ways of identifying Childhood Traumatic Grief (CTG)
Literary, web, and local community supports available to support these populations of grieving children and youth
About the Facilitators:
Andrea Warnick 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 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 Herbert award for outstanding contribution and dedication to children psychotherapy and play therapy in Canada.
Colleen Mousseau is a psychotherapist with a certificate in cognitive behaviour therapy. For over 15 years she has been passionate about her work with children, youth, adults and families. Her work has included supporting individuals facing a terminal illness, grieving children and teens, including those living with autism spectrum disorder. She has focused her academic and professional careers on exploring ways to meet the unique needs of individuals living with grief and trauma through evidence-based and innovative approaches. Colleen maintains private psychotherapy practices in Toronto and Hamilton, dedicated to supporting youth and adults through their anxiety, depression, grief, trauma and other social-emotional difficulties. She is also a counsellor at the Max and Beatrice Wolfe Children's Centre, Dr. Jay Children's Grief Program.
Lysa Toye is a Masters trained Social Worker and Expressive Arts Therapist with a collaborative certificate in Palliative and Supportive Care. She has worked in pediatric and adult health, mental health, and palliative care settings for over a decade. Lysa works as a counsellor and psychotherapist with the Dr. Jay Children's Grief Centre and in private practice. She has taught extensively, authored several book chapters, and currently co-teachers in the SickKids/Sarana Institute's Mindfulness and Compassion in Healthcare and End of Life Care Certificate Program. She is passionate about supporting children, youth, adults and families living through end of life, grief and trauma to grieve, grow and give voice to their experiences through mindful creativity, art, ritual and the natural world.
Andrew Blake is 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 for understanding burnout and empathy fatigue. www.andrewblake.ca