Listening to What Kids are Saying About Coping in a COVID-19 World
June 11, 2020 | 2:00 p.m. Eastern | 12:00 p.m. Pacific (1.0 hours)
There have been a considerable number of articles and webinars about how kids are emotionally and physically coping during the COVID-19 pandemic. Much of the focus from professionals pertains to worry and concern about how children and teens are doing emotionally. Conversely, some bereaved children and families have found this time of being at home together a welcomed experience. Through an art activity that was completed with participants from the Common Ground Grief Center in New Jersey and Heartlinks Grief Center in Illinois, bereaved families have shed light on a different experience. The art activity illustrated that many children and teens are coping and adapting during this time.
While there are children and teens that have been negatively impacted by the pandemic and are not faring well, there are others who identify positive experiences of being at home with family for an extended period of time. We will share and discuss examples of the art activity, which highlights individuals’ personal perspectives about their Covid-19 experience. Parents, and/or adult caregivers were invited to complete the activity; their experiences will also be shared. The art activity, along with instructions and a template will be available to all participants. There will be ample time for discussion.
Lynn M. Snyder, LPC, ATR-BC, FT is the Founder/Director of Common Ground Grief Center located in Manasquan, New Jersey. The center is dedicated to supporting children, teenagers, young adults and their family members who have experienced the death of a parent/adult caregiver or sibling. Lynn is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Registered, Board Certified Art Therapist, and holds a Fellow in Thanatology (FT) from ADEC. She has presented both locally and nationally on childhood bereavement. Lynn is a 2014 Women of Achievement Award recipient sponsored by the State Federation of Women’s Clubs and Douglas Residential College as well as a 2015 nominee for First Lady Mary Pat Christie’s New Jersey Heroes. Lynn also designed and taught a course on grief counseling for children at Monmouth University for their graduate mental health counseling program. Lynn recently completed her first children’s book, Little Ruby’s Big Change: Talking with Children About Loss, Change and Hope.
Diana Cuddeback, LCSW is the Founding Director of Heartlinks Grief Center in Belleville, Illinois. Since her first Children’s Grief Group in 1991, Diana has provided children, families, and individuals innovative grief programming. She is a co-author, along with Ellen Krohne and Matthew Ellis, of Heartbroken: Grief and Hope Inside the Opioid Crisis. Diana presents locally, regionally and nationally on a variety of topics including grief and bereavement, substance-related loss, and suicide prevention. Diana is a certified QPR presenter, grief counselor and clinical trauma professional. Diana founded the Heartlinks Grief Center in 1997. Heartlinks serves individuals of all ages before and after a loss due to death in the St Louis Metro-East area. Diana and the Heartlinks team, provide individual and family counseling, grief support groups, as well as portable grief outreach programs and grief education. Diana’s mission is to create a meaningful community of support for grieving people filled with learning, activity, fun and connection.
Pamela Gabbay, EdD, FT, has been a part of the field of thanatology for more than 20 years. She is the co-author, along with Andy McNiel, of Understanding and Supporting Bereaved Children: A Practical Guide for Professionals. She is also a co-founder of The Satori Group, a national organization providing education and consultation to the death, end-of-life, and bereavement fields. Dr. Gabbay is part of the training corps for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and is an adjunct faculty member at Brandman University. Formerly, Dr. Gabbay was the Director of the Mourning Star Center for Grieving Children and the Camp Director for Camp Erin - Palm Springs. Additionally, she served on the Board of Directors of the National Alliance for Grieving Children (NAGC) and currently serves on ADEC’s Credentialing Council. Dr. Gabbay holds a Fellow in Thanatology (FT) from ADEC and earned a Master of Arts degree in Cognitive Psychology from Claremont Graduate University. She earned a Doctor of Education degree in Organizational Leadership from Brandman University.