Utilizing the Inventory of Youth Adaptation to Loss: For Programs and Clinicians

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September 25, 2018 | 2:00 p.m. Eastern | 11:00 a.m. Pacific (1 hour)
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Presentation Description

The Inventory of Youth Adaptation to Loss (IYAL) was developed to understand the feelings and social supports experienced by bereaved youth to develop an evidence-base for bereavement interventions. The sample included 400 youth, permitting robust psychometric testing of the IYAL. To evaluate the reliability of the IYAL, the sample framework was national in scope, encompassed a range of different types of youth bereavement programs, and purposively sought diversity in the sample. Exploratory factor analysis identified five factors with distinct sub-scales indicating that the IYAL is a valid and reliable assessment instrument. Discussion will focus on implementation for programs and clinicians.

About the Presenter

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Jennifer Kaplan, PhD, LICSW, FT received the 2018 NAGC Excellence in Service Award. She developed the Inventory of Youth Adaptation to Loss in collaboration with bereavement programs in the US and Canada. Jennifer is Founder of Jeff’s Place in MA and FRIENDS WAY in RI and the Founding Clinical Director of Experience Camps, weeklong overnight camps for grieving youth in CA, GA, ME & NY. Jennifer is the author of You Are Not Alone: Young Adults Coping With Death, book chapters and journal articles.


1. Understand the challenges and limitations of developing a standardized or empirically based instrument to measure how a child feels, communicates, is supported by, or connects with others.
2. Identify the domains that make up the Inventory of Youth Adaptation to Loss.
3. Evaluate the initial findings of the validity and reliability of the Inventory of Youth Adaptation to Loss and learn how to utilize it in practice.

*Continuing Education Credit is not available for this webinar