Facilitators: Andrea Warnick, RN, MA, Lysa Toye, MSW, RSW, Andrew Blake, Liana Lowenstein, MSW, RSW, CPT-S
SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health Learning Institute
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, including medical professionals, educators, clergy, social workers, administrators, residential workers, counsellors, funeral service providers and hospice volunteers.
Description: This certificate program equips participants with the skills to provide evidence-based support to children, youth, and families grieving the dying or death of someone they care about. All 5 modules are required to complete the certificate; however individual modules may be taken separately from the certificate program. More
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.
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