Keeping it Real: Expectations for Ourselves and Our Children During a Global Pandemic
May 26, 2020 |3:00 p.m. Eastern | 12:00 p.m. Pacific (1.0 hours)
We are all experiencing grief and loss during this time. We are grieving things we were looking forward to, we have lost the normalcy of our daily routines and we have lost control of being able to plan for the future. Often when we are grieving we have unrealistic expectations for ourselves. Similarly, having unrealistic expectations can heighten our level of distress. This webinar will help you to identify the things within your control, so that you are able to establish realistic expectations for yourself and others.
Objectives: Following this webinar participants will be able to:
1. Identify a range of experiences as grief and loss.
2. Identify 3 things that are currently within our control.
3. Describe examples of realistic expectations for adults and children during this time.
About the Presenter
Alexa Livelsberger, LCSW is the Outreach and Education Coordinator at Highmark Caring Place, a center for grieving children, adolescents and their families where she works to heighten awareness of children’s grief through consultations, presentations and trainings for professional and community groups. Lexi has a master’s of science in social administration from Case Western Reserve University and is a licensed clinical social worker in Pennsylvania. Lexi has worked with children and families in a variety of settings throughout her career, including community mental health, kinship care, and victim service fields.
Janet Arida, PhD, RN, LCSW, CT earned a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Northwestern University, a master’s degree in Social Work from The University of Chicago, and a PhD in Nursing from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a licensed clinical social worker and earned certification in Thanatology from the Association for Death Education and Counseling. Janet is currently a child grief specialist as well as the Outreach and Education Coordinator at the Highmark Caring Place in Warrendale, PA, where she oversees peer support groups for grieving children and their families. Additionally, in her role as Outreach and Education Coordinator, Janet works to heighten awareness of children’s grief through consultations, presentations, and trainings for professional and community groups. Prior to joining the Caring Place as a staff member, Janet was a clinical instructor and researcher in end-of-life issues in the School of Nursing at the University of Pittsburgh. During her career, she has worked with children, adolescents, and families in a variety of clinical and community-based settings in both the Chicago and Pittsburgh areas.