Exploring Día de los Muertos as a Way to Support Bereavement Programming

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October 6, 2020 | 3:00 p.m. Eastern | 12:00 p.m. Pacific (1 hour)
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Presentation Description

Día de los Muertos, or “Day of the Dead” in English, is a holiday celebrated throughout Latin America in which family and friends gather to remember their loved ones who have died. Designed for grief center professionals, this webinar will provide information regarding Día de los Muertos and how to implement the holiday intentionally into grief support programming. Ideas for activities and virtual engagement opportunities will also be included.

About the Presenter

Cristina M. Chipriano, LCSW-S is the Director of Spanish Programs and Outreach at Bo’s Place, a bereavement center in Houston, TX. She oversees the programming for and outreach to the bereaved Hispanic/Latino community of Houston. Cristina has also developed trainings/workshops for peer bereavement centers across the country that are seeking to provide culturally competent, bilingual grief support for bereaved families and education and training for professionals to support Hispanic/Latino populations.  She helped develop a grief and bereavement specific Spanish-language training that is offered at Bo’s Place for those providing services to Spanish-speaking families. Cristina also co-facilitated a quarterly program call for members of the National Alliance for Grieving Children (NAGC) who had an interest working with the Latino bereaved community.  In addition, she oversaw the translation of the NAGC’s “When Someone Dies: A Child-Caregiver Activity Book”. Cristina will be overseeing the NAGC Latinx Work Group whose purpose will be to develop a best practice guide and tips on “How to work with the Latinx Bereaved Community”.            

Cristina also provides psychotherapy within a clinical social work practice setting; primary specialization in grief therapy with children and adults, individuals and families. Cristina is serving on the Content Advisory Board for the WPSU Public Broadcasting Station/National Public Radio: The Grief Initiative Project. She previously served on the Executive Board of the Latino Social Workers of Greater Houston and continues to be a member of the Advisory Board for the network.

Cristina has a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Science from the University of Texas at Austin and a Masters of Social Work from the University of Houston Graduate Collage of Social Work. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with supervisor status (LCSW-S) and formerly worked as a medical social worker in the Houston Medical Center. Cristina has been a social worker for 7 years.

Continuing Education credit is not available