Bereavement Education

Whether you are looking to start a new children's grief center, revamp an existing program, or search out new ideas these trainings may be the answer for you. Several of your colleagues have developed amazing training opportunities for you to take advantage of. The list below is just a few of the trainings available. If you know of a training that you think should be added please email that information to

Trainings and Conferences


July 23 - July 27, 2018
The Dougy Center
3909 SE 52nd Ave., Portland, Oregon
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily
Tuition: $1,300*
Join The Dougy Center's knowledgeable staff for an opportunity to discover the fundamentals of developing and operating peer-to-peer support groups for grieving children, teens, and families. Learn with colleagues from around the United States and beyond who plan to start or who have already directly established programs for grieving children.
For more information and to Download registration forms, Click HERE.

August 20, 2018
Online Webinar

What's Your Grief will be holding a webinar entitled 'Going Back to School After a Death'. As you know, it’s common for parents and children to be apprehensive about heading back to school after experiencing the death of a loved one.  Though having a schedule and structure that involves interactions with friends, teachers and school counselors can be helpful, managing the transition can be worrisome and stressful.  In this webinar, we’ll discuss challenges and considerations related to going back to school after a loss and we’ll offer parents and caregivers suggestions for supporting their children as they ease into a new school year. See details here:

Friday, September 21st and and Saturday, September 22
Texas Children's Hospital Pavilion, Houston, Texas
Restorative Support for Families after Traumatic Death: Building a Bereavement-Informed Community
This two-day conference will include both national and local speakers and various panel presentations to cover topics such as: bereavement after suicide, community supports post-death, spirituality, cultural competence, and the integration of theory and practice with bereaved children.The goal of this training is to equip local and regional service providers with up-to-date information surrounding traumatic bereavement in children and adults and how to support them in the aftermath of violent death.
You may register through this link:

Friday, November 9th 
Erin's House,Ft. Wayne Indiana.
Erin's House will be hosting the 2nd Annual Midwest Children's Grieving Centers - Workshops
Please contact Debbie Meyer with any questions or to register, email her at


Hospice Foundation of America
Hospice Foundation of America offers a series of online webinars with prominent experts focusing on adolescents and grief. HFa's Senior Bereavement Consultant Dr. Kenneth Doka is joined by another grief expert for each program; topics include: youth suicide (with Dr. Jack Jordan); , Adolescents and Traumatic loss (with Dr. Carla Sofka); and Adolescents Coping with Life-Threatening Illness (with Dr. Nancy Hogan). HFA Webinars are affordable ways to conveniently access information from some of the best-known names in the field; the programs are archived online and can be used for both individual education or as a staff or volunteer training opportunity. Continuing Education (CE) credits are available for a wide range of professionals and are included in the registration price.

For more information, please click HERE


Certificate and Degree Programs

This list is provided to our members seeking continuing education, certifications and degrees related to childhood bereavement. If you know of degrees, certifications or programs offered in your area, please send us their contact information.

Note: The NAGC does not endorse any program included on this list. Those interested in seeking further education in the grief support field should thoroughly research the programs listed.

Listing is Alphabetical

Arizona State University (School of Social Work)
Education Programs Offered:
Trauma and Bereavement Certificate
Contact Information:
411 N. Central Avenue, Suite 800
Phoenix, AZ 85004-0689
(602) 496-0800 (P)
(602) 496-0960 (F)

Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC)
Education Programs Offered:
Certification in Thanatology
Fellow in Thanatology
Contact Information:
111 Deer Lake Road, Suite 100
Deerfield, IL 60015 USA
(847) 509-0403 (P)
(847) 480-9282 (F)

Bristol Community College
Education Programs Offered:
Certificate in Thanatology
Contact Information:
777 Elsbree Street
Fall River, MA 02720
(508) 678-2811

Hood College
Education Programs Offered:
Master of Arts in Thanatology
Certificate in Thanatology
Contact Information:
401 Rosemont Ave.
Frederick, Maryland 21701
(301) 663-3131

Madonna University
Education Programs Offered:
Post-Master's Certificate in Bereavement
Contact Information:
36600 Schoolcraft Road
Livonia, Michigan 48150
800-852-4951, ext. 5667

Marian University
Education Programs Offered:
Master of Science in Leadership with a Concentration in Grief & Bereavement
100% online Master of Science in Thanatology and a Graduate Certificate in Thanatology
Contact Information:
Tracy Qualmann
45 S. National Ave.
Fond du Lac, WI 54935-4699
(920) 923-7159 (P)
1-800-2-MARIAN and ext. 7159

The National University System, Center for Integrative Health
Education Programs Offered:
Graduate Certificate in Bereavement Studies (On-line)
Contact Information:
11355 North Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, CA 92037
(866) 682-2237 Ext. 3530

University of Maryland
Education Programs Offered:
Death, Dying, and Mourning: Applied Thanatology Online Graduate Certificate Program
Contact Information:
Michelle Pearce
Program Director
Graduate School
620 West Lexington Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
(410) 706-6164