Holiday Based Activities for Children and Families

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October 28, 2022| 2:00 p.m. Eastern | 11:00 a.m. Pacific (1 hour)
Free for NAGC Members $60 for Nonmembers

Presentation Description

This workshop will be presented by a panel of professionals who work with children who are bereaved. The panelists will be sharing activities appropriate for the holiday season for different age groups. We will have an activity appropriate for pre-school ages, elementary ages, teens, and the families as the whole. Please join us to learn about some new activies that can be used at your organization.


About the PresentersStephanie

Stephanie Heitkemper, MA MFT, LPC, RPT, FT specializes in working with children and families around change including grief, trauma, and transition. Stephanie finds energy in utilizing play, creative expression and bibliotherapy in her practice and program creation. Stephanie is the owner of Resilient Minds Counseling, PLLC in the Denver Metro area and the Camp Therapist for Camp Jojo. Camp Jojo focus’ on supporting teens who have been impacted by suicide in a unique model that weaves mental health education along hands on adventure.



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Colleen Shannon, MSW, LICSW is a clinical social worker with over 15 years of experience working with children, adolescents and adults coping with grief, loss and bereavement. She has worked with grieving children and families in hospital, communitybased and bereavement camp settings. Colleen is the Associate Program Director at The Children’s Room in Arlington, MA where she developed and now oversees the center’s Teen, School and Community-Based programs. She presents locally and nationally on topics pertaining to childhood bereavement. In addition to her work at The Children’s Room, Colleen is a consultant and group facilitator at Project Common Bond, a rogram that brings together young adults, ages 15-20, from around the world who share a ‘common bond’ — the loss of a family member due to an act of terrorism, violent extremism, or war. She is a faculty member in the postgraduate palliative care program at the School of Social Work at Smith College and works as a psychotherapist in private practice in Beverly, MA where she specializes in working children, adolescents and adults who have experienced parental and sibling bereavement, young adults coping with grief and families experiencing significant losses and life transitions.


Caitlin Koch, MS, MSW, CCLS, LSWAIC has an innate passion for journeying with children and families through their grief, as well as empowering the professionals who support them. Caitlin is currently the Executive Director at Our TreeHouse, a children’s bereavement center in Bellingham, WA, as well as a therapist in private practice. Caitlin’s education includes a BA in psychology, an MS in child life, and an MSW. Her professional affiliations include The National Alliance for Children’s Grief, The Association for Death Education and Counseling, The Association of Child Life Professionals, and the National Association of Social Workers.





Jennifer Wiles

Jennifer Wiles, MA, LMHC, BC-DMT is the Director of Children’s Services for Beth Israel Lahey Health at Home in Wayland, MA. She is the director of Camp Erin Boston and HEARTplay, a bereavement program for children, teens and young adults of all abilities in the greater Boston area Her current work focuses on Expanding the Language of Grief, which strives to make bereavement support available to those who are marginalized with limited access to services. Jennifer is a board-certified dance movement therapist/licensed mental health counselor and is on the adjunct faculty of Lesley University’s Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences where she also serves as a clinical site supervisor.