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Thursday, May 26th 2022

Dancing in the darkness: Creative approaches to working with grieving children and youth

Lysa Toye, MSW, RSW and Lisa Robinson, MSW, RSW
presented by SickKids CCMH Learning Institute

Live webinar

May 26, 2022 | 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST

Play, creativity and the arts have a unique capacity to respond to human suffering. They offer experimental spaces for the exploration of ideas, feelings and questions around the experiences of death and grief.

This experiential training will explore play-based, arts-based, and other creative approaches to both psychoeducation and counseling/psychotherapy. The facilitators will share ways of using such approaches to facilitate grief education and support in schools. Along with ways of supporting grieving children and youth virtually. They will present many easy to use (and modify) creative techniques in working with grieving children and youth. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in safe, experiential activities to better understand the process of using creative approaches. No art experience is necessary.

The learning objectives of this webinar are to provide participants with:

Creative approaches to supporting children and youth who are grieving the dying or death of someone in their life
Art and play-based strategies to add to their therapeutic toolkit
Strategies for supporting grieving children and youth in schools

This webinar is part of the Children’s grief and bereavement certificate program. Participants may register for any of the certificate program’s individual webinars as a stand-alone training.

Registration fee: $250 ($225 with promo code CAVERSHAM)

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About the Facilitators:

Andrea Warnick, RN, MA, RP 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 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

Lysa Toye, MSW, RSW, ExAT is a Registered Social Worker, Psychotherapist, Expressive Arts Therapist and EMDR practitioner in full-time private practice. She has worked in paediatric and adult health, mental health, grief and palliative care agency settings for over a decade, including the Dr. Jay Children's Grief Centre and the Hospital for Sick Children, and in private practice for nearly a decade. Lysa specializes in palliative, grief and complex trauma and dissociation work with children, youth and adults. Her practice offers counselling and psychotherapy using a variety of relational, integrative therapeutic modalities, including expressive arts therapy, EMDR, ego state and structural dissociation work, Brainspotting, and mindfulness and compassion-based approaches.

Lysa has taught extensively, authored several book chapters and online resources on grief, and currently co-teaches in the SickKids/Sarana Institute's Mindfulness and Compassion in Healthcare and End of Life Care Certificate Program, in the SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health Certificate Program in Children's Grief and Bereavement and in Wilfred Laurier's Grief and Bereavement Certificate Program on Religion, Spirituality and Self-Care.

Lysa is passionate about supporting children, youth, adults and families living through adversity, grief and trauma to grow and give voice to their experiences through mindful, creative and expressive integration of body, heart and mind, as well as a deep engagement with the wider world.

Esther Rhee Carnat, MSW is a registered social worker and grief therapist specializing in children and youth mental health and autism spectrum disorder. Esther previously worked as the national program director for Autism Speaks Canada for nine years where she focused on increasing family support, program development and national capacity building. Esther's work has been published in the Journal of Advances in Neurodevelopmental Disorders and she is a frequent contributor for media outlets including news and radio. She has also worked at numerous children's mental health agencies and volunteered working with children and youth at Dr. Jay Children's Grief Centre and Camp Erin, a camp for grieving children. Esther's work extends from training the Toronto Police Service and working with Military Family Services to building national programs supported by the federal government.

Esther was recognized as a Top 150 Leading Canadians for Mental Health by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). In 2018, Esther was the proud recipient of the University of Guelph's Award of Excellence, the highest honour presented to an alumnus, and was awarded the Dr. Jay Children's Grief Centre's Harold Heft Award for her contribution to supporting grieving children and families.

Tracy Woloshyn, MPS, RP is a registered psychotherapist and grief counsellor who specializes in helping individuals and families living with life limiting illness or grieving a death. psychotherapy (Buddhism) and a diploma in mindfulness and mental health from Emmanuel College (University of Toronto/Toronto School of Theology). She has completed specialized training in child, youth and adult grief and mindfulness-based end of life care. She is an Integrative Trauma and Attachment Treatment Model (ITATM) practitioner.

Tracy's past clinical experience includes work with The Dorothy Ley Hospice and with palliative care teams at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and the Scarborough Health Network, where she supported individuals and families grieving both expected and sudden deaths, including medically assisted dying. Tracy works in private practice with Andrea Warnick Consulting. She is based in Toronto, Ontario.

Lisa Robinson, MSW, RSW

Lisa is a registered social worker who focuses her professional and creative energy on supporting children, youth and young adults through tough situations with a focus on the intersections of anxiety, trauma and grief. With over 10 years of experience working with children and families affected by life-threatening illnesses in organizations including Camp Oochigeas and SeriousFun Children's Network, she has seen the impact that therapeutic intervention can have on children's ability to engage in life. She uses narrative therapy as her primary therapeutic framework while incorporating elements of play, CBT and mindfulness practices to develop both a collaborative understanding of the individual experience and coping skills to move through these experiences. Lisa is also trained in the Integrative Trauma and Attachment Treatment Model.


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