- What if you asked yourself, instead, if you need this? Do you feel confident in your skills and knowledge to support grieving children in your life? This is just as much for you as it is for the child(ren) in your life.
2. I grew up a grieving child. However, I appeared “fine.” Because children are “resilient,” right? This false idea that children somehow “bounce back” or aren’t as affected by adults is the exact reason why every caregiver should participate in this program. A child may even say they’re “fine” when asked. Why? Because they learned this from you and other adults in their life. “I’m fine” is society’s go-to phrase when we’d rather not talk about it, are stuffing our real feelings down, or don’t feel safe expressing ourselves.
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I'm not a parent, is this for me?
Whether you’re a daycare provider, social worker, school administration, foster care worker, military family service provider, or licensed therapist looking to expand your knowledge, this is for you if you’re wanting to know what to do to help a child grieving, specifically.
How does the group program work?
Both in-person and online meet once weekly for 4 weeks up to 2 1/2 hours each session.
Both in-person and online, consist of group discussion as well as break-out discussion in groups of 2.
This program is not about your grief. This program is to address the grief of children in your care.
What's the difference between online & in-person?
Not much, other than the in-person is local to my region of ND. The format is quite similar, with a few tweaks here and there.
We use Zoom for the online version, and, you are provided with guidance on the use and function of it. In fact, before you even participate, we have a pre-boarding call on Zoom to go over the platform and the program. So, once we begin session one, you’re comfortable (and confident) with what to do and what to expect.
Is this only for working on the death of a loved one?
All losses are welcome! Death, divorce, and diagnosis are the most common, but there are over 40 losses that cause grief.
What can I expect from our time together?
During each 2 1/2 hour session, you’ll be welcomed into a confidential, non-judgmental space where you’ll be expected to fully participate and engage in the material.
From me, you can expect a guided hand, walking you through the material, and to create a space of safety first.
You’ll leave the program armed with new tools and knowledge to help grieving children in your life. Never again will you not know what to say or do for a child experiencing loss of any kind.
What should I bring?
A notebook and something to write with. Books and worksheets will be provided for you.
Do I have to attend every week?
Yes! Your participation is key! If you miss a group session after the first week, you’ll be asked to leave the program with the opportunity to finish with another group at another time.
How is the Helping Children with Loss Program different from therapy?
Unlike traditional therapy, this program equips you, the caregiver, with a pre-established framework with a distinct focus on grief, and a limited number of sessions.
Therapy for children is wonderful, and this program is the perfect companion for any child working with a therapist.
It is encouraged that you share that you’re taking this program with your child’s therapist.
A child can work through all kinds of issues with a therapist, however, at the end of the day, they spend the rest of their time with their caregivers/caretakers. Are YOU equipped to address an emotional need if it arises? This program helps you to feel confident that you are!
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