Occupational Therapy’s Role in Supporting Bereaved Children in the School-System

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April 8, 2021 | 2:00 p.m. Eastern | 11:00 a.m. Pacific (1.5 hours)
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Presentation Description

Occupational therapy practitioners collaborate with other professionals to address the needs of grieving children in schools. Practitioners may implement individual, group, or school-wide interventions to address how grief impacts a child’s participation in school and extracurriculars, as well as provide strategies to facilitate healthy coping and resilience through the use of meaningful activities, or occupations. This presentation seeks to explain the role of occupational therapy in supporting the needs of students who are grieving a death, as well as discuss examples of how occupational therapy practitioners may implement grief-informed interventions to promote best outcomes. After this presentation, viewers will have an understanding of how occupational therapy services may support or complement other services provided by grief professionals in the school system.

Objectives

At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain the profession of occupational therapy and discuss why is it uniquely suited to support grieving children
  2. Identify how grief and loss impact children as occupational beings
  3. Describe how children’s grief may be integrated into occupational therapy as it relates to school-based practice
  4. Establish how occupational therapy practitioners might promote healthy coping and resilience in bereaved children through the use of occupations

About the Presenters

Jen Borio
Jen Borio is currently a third year Doctor of Occupational Therapy Student at Midwestern University. She earned a B.A. in Psychology from Rider University in 2018. In collaboration with the NAGC, Jen is currently completing her doctoral internship project which seeks to establish the role occupational therapy as it relates to supporting grieving children, as well as create evidence-informed resources for occupational therapy practitioners to expand their current approach to intervention with grieving children. Her clinical interests include working with adolescents with disabilities to facilitate the development of their functional skills to promote participation in the places in which they live, learn, and play.
Megan Lopez, LMSW
Megan Lopez joined the NAGC in 2013 and serves as the National Program Director. Megan has served as a Social Worker and Program Leader throughout her nonprofit career, and has provided support to children, teenagers and families in a variety of settings. Megan is an experienced presenter and trainer using an interactive style in her teaching and facilitating on a variety of topics related to program management, childhood bereavement support, grief in the school setting, and group facilitation. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Texas Tech University and Master of Science in Social Work from The University of Texas at Arlington. Megan resides in San Antonio, Texas with her husband and two children.

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