Helping Schools Become Better Prepared to Meet the Needs of Grieving Students

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Live NAGC Webinars are
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New York Life Foundation

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

Presentation Description

Schools play a significant role in the development of children but often feel ill-equipped to provide consistent support to grieving students and their families. This challenge is accentuated during times of crisis such as the current pandemic and compounded by the capacity of school staff to support grieving students while also addressing academic expectations and the social emotional learning (SEL) needs of all students. This webinar will review dissemination, training, service delivery, referral and policy consultation strategies which community bereavement programs can offer schools to help them create a supportive school culture and to establish practices to meet the needs of grieving students.  The unique challenges of supporting grieving students during the COVID-19 pandemic will be discussed.  Resources from the Coalition to Support Grieving Students will be reviewed, and the Grief-Sensitive Schools Initiative will be introduced.  Participants will be invited to share approaches they have successfully used to support schools.

About the Presenters

David J Schonfeld, MD, FAAP is a developmental-behavioral pediatrician.  He established and serves as Director of the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement (NCSCB).  The NCSCB is one of the two Lead Founding Members (along with the New York Life Foundation) of the Coalition to Support Grieving Students. 

Thomas Demaria, PhD is both a clinical and school psychologist and Fellow in both the Trauma and Clinical Divisions of the American Psychological Association.  Dr. Demaria is a consultant and advisor to the NCSCB.


Continuing Education Credit is Not Available