Translating the Unique Needs of Grieving Young Adults Into Effective Support Group Services

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Presentation Description

The 2019 CBEM indicates that by age 25, 12.8 million young adults in the U.S. will experience the death of a parent or sibling. Too old for teen groups and developmentally too young for most adult ones, young adults, especially those not in higher education settings, are left with few options for community grief support. In this workshop we’ll explore the unique needs of grieving young adults and discuss effective ways to serve this population. Attendees will hear directly from a variety of grieving young adults via audio clips from The Dougy Center’s international podcast, Grief Out Loud.


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

  1. Cite current literature on the unique needs of grieving young adults
  2. Identify the benefits of a group support group setting for grieving young adults
  3. Identify the components of an effective grief support group for this population

About the Presenter

Jana DeCristofaro, LCSW, is the Community Response Program Coordinator at The Dougy Center for Grieving Children and Families. On staff since 2002, Jana coordinates peer support groups for children, teens, and young adults, and provides consultation and training for grieving families, students, community members, and professionals locally and nationally. She created an online toolkit ( to make it easier for schools and organizations to access the information they need when grief hits their communities. One of her favorite parts of her role is hosting and producing Grief Out Loud, The Dougy Center's podcast.

Literature References

  1. Arnett, J. (2015). Emerging adulthood: The winding road from the late teens through the twenties. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
  2. Burt, K. & Paysnick, A. (2012). Resilience in the transition to adulthood. Development and Psychopathology, 24, 493- 505.
  3. Nelson, L. & Luster, S. (2014). “Adulthood” by whose definition? The complexity of emerging adults’ conceptions of adulthood. In J. Arnett (Ed.), Oxford handbook of emerging adulthood.

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CE Learning Systems and National Alliance for Grieving Children (NAGC) are cosponsors of this program. The cosponsorship has been approved by NBCC. CE Learning Systems is an NBCC Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5951. The ACEP solely is responsible for this program, including the awarding of NBCC credit.

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  • Complete an evaluation forms for each session you attended
  • Download your continuing education certificate in a PDF format

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