Through the Lenses of Grief
A Conversation about Grieving Children, Teens, and Families in the Emotional Climate of the Coronavirus
April 21, 2020 | 3:00 p.m. Eastern | 2:00 p.m. Central | 1:00 p.m. Mountain | 12:00 p.m. Pacific (1 hour)
When children and teens experience the death or forced separation of someone in their lives, they experience a variety of intense feelings and challenging thoughts. Some find support from family and friends, while others find themselves isolated and grieving alone, often feeling different and misunderstood. The abrupt social changes necessitated by the coronavirus add another layer of complexity. This conversation will look at four specific populations: grieving parents/adult caregivers; students; youth in foster care; and grieving teens, exploring together their heightened needs and how we as professionals as well as caregivers may respond.
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.
Andy McNiel, MA, a co-founder and an executive partner with The Satori Group, LLC, a national education, management, and consulting company, providing education and consultation to the bereavement care field. He previously served as CEO of the National Alliance for Grieving Children. He is the author of Understanding and Supporting Bereaved Children: A Practical Guide for Professionals. Andy has many years of experience providing counseling and offering support groups to children, teenagers, and adults grieving the death of someone in their life. He is on the Board of Directors for the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) and is a member of the International Workgroup on Death, Dying, and Bereavement.
Monique B. Mitchell, PhD, FT, is the Director of Translational Research & Curriculum Development at The Dougy Center in Portland, Oregon. She has more than 15 years of experience serving grieving children and youth. Her experience includes conducting translational research on the lived experience of grieving children, youth, and young adults in foster care, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses on loss and grief, and developing child-centered curricula to serve grieving children. Dr. Mitchell is regularly invited to present at state, national, and international conferences to discuss best practices based on her child-centered research. Her recent publications include, 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). She currently serves on national committees for the National Alliance for Grieving Children and the Association for Death Education and Counseling.
Donna L. Schuurman, EdD, FT, is Sr. Director of Advocacy & Training at The Dougy Center in Portland, Oregon, where she has served in various roles since 1986, including 25 years as Executive Director. She writes and trains internationally on bereavement issues, and has authored numerous articles, book chapter, and the book, Never the Same: Coming to Terms with the Death of a Parent. Dr. Schuurman served as President of the Board of Directors for the Association for Death Education & Counseling, and received their Annual Service Award in 2003 and their Clinical Practice Award in 2013. She is a member of the International Work Group on Death, Dying, and Bereavement, and a founding board member of the National Alliance for Grieving Children.