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Grief-Informed Best Practices: Supporting Students Who are Grieving

  • Tuesday, March 21, 2023
  • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Universal Technical Institute (UTI) - Lisle, IL


  • Registration includes a 1 yr. ISCA Professional Membership

Registration is closed

Join Dougy Center’s knowledgeable trainers to explore the fundamentals of grief education and how to support students who are grieving. In this training, participants will:

· Learn about the core principles and tenets of grief-informed practice

· Develop increased awareness of how the language we use around loss and grief impacts those who are grieving

· Identify best practices and approaches to support students who are grieving

· Explore the implications of pathologizing grief and the new diagnosis of Prolonged Grief Disorder

This event is capped at 50 participants - Be sure to register early! Participants will recieve 6 hours of PD credit (PEL's and LPC,LCPC,LSW) for attending this event. 

Donna L. Schuurman, EdD, FT, is the Senior Director of Advocacy & Education at Dougy Center, and previously served as Dougy Center’s Executive Director from 1991–2015. Dr. Schuurman is an internationally recognized authority on grief and bereaved children, teens, and families, and the author of Never the Same: Coming to Terms with the Death of a Parent (St. Martin’s Press, 2003), among other publications. Dr. Schuurman’s articles and other contributions have been published in scholarly journals and textbooks, and she is interviewed regularly for national and regional media. She has worked directly with families and communities impacted by large-scale tragedies and natural disasters, including as a trainer for the FBI and National Transportation Safety Board family assistance staff. She is a national trainer for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and co-authored Children, Teens, and Suicide Loss, a joint publication of AFSP and Dougy Center.

Monique B. Mitchell, PhD, FT, is the Director of Training and Translational Research at Dougy Center. Dr. Mitchell is a nationally recognized authority on children, teens, and young adults who are grieving in foster care, and is the National Director of the L.Y.G.H.T. program. She is the author of The Neglected Transition: Building a Relational Home for Children Entering Foster Care (Oxford University Press, 2016) and Living in an Inspired World: Voices and Visions of Youth in Foster Care (Child Welfare League of America Press, 2017), among other publications. Dr. Mitchell has trained and researched extensively on grief-informed best practices for children and youth who are grieving, taught undergraduate and graduate courses on loss and grief, and developed child-centered curricula. She has worked directly with children, youth, and young adults who have been impacted by death and non-death losses in Canada, Honduras, and the United States.

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