Establishing a Trauma-Informed Parent-Child Relationship in the Wake of Covid

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September 14, 2021 | 2:00 p.m. Eastern | 11:00 a.m. Pacific (1.5 hours)
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$75, Guests with Continuing Education Credit

Presentation Description

For some grieving families, Covid-19 was the catalyst for nonstop stress, distress, and trauma. Literature shows that under persistent states of stress, family systems can become compromised in areas such as parenting practices, communication, routines, structure, and emotional cohesion (Sheidow, et al., 2014). Research shows that strong family cohesion, positive parenting practices and structure are associated with building resiliency in youth (Haine et al., 2008). Incorporating an evidence-based framework of Attachment, Regulation, and Competency (ARC), attendees will be able to increase their knowledge in these three domains and receive applicable interventions to utilize in a group setting that help facilitate the restoration of familial cohesion between caregivers and youth (Blaustein & Kinniburgh, 2018). The ARC framework is effective with diverse populations, across various developmental stages, and can be applied in clinical and nonclinical settings (Arvidson, et al., 2011). Each domain of ARC is concurrently supported with the evidence-based practices used to support grieving youth and families.


At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Recall the 8-building blocks associated with the ARC framework and how they are applicable to grieving families.
  2. mplement interventions geared towards attachment, regulation, and competency.
  3. Receive an 8-week curriculum that you can implement within your groups that targets both the caregiver group and the youth-based group concurrently.

About the Presenters

Melissa Lunardini, MA, MBA, FT, is the owner of Radical Grief Consulting. We provide education and program design and development specializing in grief, loss, and trauma. Ms. Lunardini has dedicated over fifteen years to supporting grieving children, teens, and their families. She has a proven track record for developing comprehensive suites of services in healthcare, academia, youth-based, NGO’s, and grief and loss-based industries. Some of these services include program development of grief support centers; school-based groups & curriculum, and summer grief camps. She enjoys presenting nationally and locally on topics related to childhood bereavement, trauma, and grief and loss. Melissa strives to remain active with current trends and emerging research within the field of Thanatology and was awarded a Fellow in Thanatology through the Association for Death Education and Counseling. She is a National Training Consultant for the Boys and Girls Club of America and is an active member of the National Alliance for Grieving Children. She sits on the Board of Directors and chairs the Loss and Healing Program for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention in San Diego. Ms. Lunardini is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in International Psychology with a Trauma focus.

Continuing Education

CE Learning Systems, LLC:

American Psychological Association
CE Learning Systems, LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CE Learning Systems maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

National Board for Certified Counselors
CE Learning Systems and National Alliance for Grieving Children (NAGC) are cosponsors of this program. The cosponsorship has been approved by NBCC. CE Learning Systems is an NBCC Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5951. The ACEP solely is responsible for this program, including the awarding of NBCC credit.

New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work
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New York Education Department for Licensed Mental Health Counselors
CE Learning Systems, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0072.

Texas Board of Social Work Examiners
CE-Go, a service of CE Learning Systems, is approved to offer continuing education courses by the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners (#6460). CE Learning Systems maintains responsibility for the courses.

Many state licensing boards accept APA approval to meet CE requirements. If you are a Counselor, Psychologist, Social Worker, or MFT, please check with your licensing board to see if APA is acceptable.

CE Certificate and Evaluation Process

Approximately 3 days after the conclusion of the event, you will receive an email link to CE-Go (This link will be sent to the email account you used to register for the event).

 Upon accessing the CE-Go website, you will be able to:

  • Complete an evaluation forms for each session you attended
  • Download your continuing education certificate in a PDF format

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the CE-Go process, please contact CE-Go at 877 248 6789 or by email at .

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