Taking Children’s Bereavement Groups to the Great Outdoors

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August 25, 2020 | 1:30 p.m. Eastern | 10:30 a.m. Pacific (1.5 hours)
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Presentation Description

Since the onset of COVID-19 in early March, most centers and programs suspended in-person support groups, leading them to find new and innovative ways to support their grieving families. As we look toward September, many centers and programs are now gearing up to resume grief support groups in an uncertain landscape. We know that online and Zoom groups have been an important part of support, but children and teens miss being together in person. Since it may not be possible or probable to have your

groups return to your centers or former meeting space, why not consider bringing your groups to the great outdoors? Together, we will explore how to facilitate outdoor groups in a safe and physically distanced way that provides a space for kids to connect and have fun, while continuing to support them in their grief. We’ll guide you through choices of various outdoor and spacious indoor venues (because for many, cold weather sets in). We’ll also discuss group activities and needed supplies. Additionally, we’ll discuss safety concerns and other critical considerations. 

About the Presenters

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.

Lynn M. Snyder, LPC, ATR-BC, FT is the Founder/Director of Common Ground Grief Center located in Manasquan, New Jersey. The center is dedicated to supporting children, teenagers, young adults and their family members who have experienced the death of a parent/adult caregiver or sibling. Lynn is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Registered, Board Certified Art Therapist, and holds a Fellow in Thanatology (FT) from ADEC. She has presented both locally and nationally on childhood bereavement. Lynn is a 2014 Women of Achievement Award recipient sponsored by the State Federation of Women’s Clubs and Douglas Residential College as well as a 2015 nominee for First Lady Mary Pat Christie’s New Jersey Heroes. Lynn also designed and taught a course on grief counseling for children at Monmouth University for their graduate mental health counseling program. Lynn recently completed her first children’s book, Little Ruby’s Big Change: Talking with Children About Loss, Change and Hope.

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