Expanding Our Outreach during Challenging Times

Connecting with Grieving Children, Teens and Young Adults of All Abilities in an Online Format

April 2, 2020 | 2:00 p.m. Eastern | 11:00 a.m. Pacific (1.5 hours)

Presentation Description

This webinar will provide a practical approach to running bereavement groups in an online format. We will offer plans for 3 online groups (including a theme, art project and movement activity) designed by the presenters. We have conducted these groups for children, teens and young adults of all abilities in our HEARTplay at Home program in the past few weeks, and now we are happy to share our work with the NAGC community. We will discuss both the wonderful moments and the challenges that these groups presented to us. Webinar participants will have an opportunity to practice the activities and will be given the resources to offer these groups in their own programs. Time will be reserved for questions and discussion.


About the Presenters

Jennifer Wiles, MA, LMHC, BC-DMT is the Director of Children’s Services for Beth Israel Lahey Health at Home. She is the director of Camp Erin Boston and HEARTplay, an award-winning bereavement program for children, teens and young adults in the greater Boston area. She is an active member of NAGC, where she serves on the Education and Symposium Committees. She has presented her work at the National Symposium on Children’s Grief, the American Dance Therapy Association’s national and regional conferences, and at Lesley University. She has published articles on the Eluna website and the American Journal of Dance Therapy and has taught bereavement work internationally at the Apollo Institute, Beijing, China. Jennifer is a board-certified dance movement therapist and licensed mental health counselor and is on the adjunct faculty of Lesley University’s Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences where she also serves as a clinical site supervisor.

Katie McGrail, MA, R-DMT currently serves as Children’s Services Coordinator at Beth Israel Lahey Health at Home, and as Assistant Director of Camp Erin Boston. She is a Registered Dance/Movement Therapist (R-DMT), a 200-hour certified yoga instructor, and is pursuing her LMHC license. Katie’s experience includes pre-bereavement and bereavement work with children and families, work with adults living with challenges including memory loss, homelessness, and acquired/traumatic brain injury as well as teaching dance and yoga to movers and shakers across the lifespan. She holds a BA in Sociology-based Human Relations and a MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a Specialization in Dance/Movement Therapy.

Stewart McKenzie, BS is completing a Master’s of Social Work degree at Bridgewater State University and an internship at Beth Israel Lahey At Home Health in Children’s Bereavement Services. He has volunteered at Camp Erin Boston for the past eight years, an experience which led him to pursue a degree in social work. Stewart was a high school math and special education teacher and track coach. In his free time he enjoys running, biking, and watching Boston sports teams.

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