2021 Annual Symposium on Children's Grief

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The National Alliance for Grieving Children (NAGC) Symposium is the longest running and most comprehensive Childhood Bereavement Symposium offered in the United States. The NAGC Symposium draws more than 450 children’s grief support professionals and volunteers from a variety of organizations throughout and outside the United States each year. The NAGC Symposium provides these individuals with learning experiences, concrete tools and connection with like-minded individuals. Attendees are able to return home at the end of the NAGC Symposium with new information and renewed energy as they continue to provide support to grieving children and teenagers in their local communities.

The Symposium is held in a different city in the United States each year to give professionals from around the country the opportunity to attend. Conference fees are kept low to accommodate all income levels for individuals and organizations. Scholarships are offered to those individuals and programs in need of financial assistance to attend.

Symposium Goals: The Annual NAGC Symposium offers participants the opportunity to learn of the latest research and clinical developments in working with grieving children and teens;  enhance skills and knowledge to deliver state-of-the art services to grieving children and adolescents; engage in dialogue with colleagues,  clinicians, researchers, and healthcare professional to exchange ideas information, and clinical expertise.

The symposium offers varied Workshops on topics important to children's grief issues, program development, non-profit administration, activities, fundraising and grief support models, to name a few.

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Join us June 23-25, 2021 at the Omni William Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for the NAGC's  Annual Symposium on Children's Grief.

Omni William Penn Hotel
530 William Penn Place
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15219
Phone: (412) 281-7100 Reservations: 888-444-6664

LODGING: Conference hotel room Rates Starting at $175.00 per night.

Link to register: Coming Soon

*The NAGC Room Block ends June 1, 2021.

Additional Symposium Information

Target Audience: Professionals who work with children, adolescents, and their families in a variety of settings, including social work, counseling, bereavement support programs, funeral service, faith-based organizations, healthcare organizations, hospice, schools and after care programs.

Session Ranking: 
Due to the interdisciplinary nature of this Symposium, sessions have not been ranked and are appropriate for all levels of professional development - beginning, intermediate, advanced.  Symposium attendees are urged to review the session descriptions for appropriateness for personal and professional development.

ADA accommodations will be made in accordance with the law. If you require ADA accommodations, please indicate what your needs are at the time of registration. We cannot ensure the availability of appropriate accommodations without prior notifications.

Past Symposium Locations:
1997 - Oberlin, Ohio
1998 - Cincinnati, Ohio
1999 - Ann Arbor, Michigan
2000 - Portland, Oregon
2001 - Portland, Maine
2002 - St. Louis, Missouri
2003 - San Antonio, Texas
2004 - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
2005 - Denver, Colorado
2006 - Chicago, Illinois
2007 - Birmingham, Alabama
2008 - Houston, Texas
2009 - Long Beach, California
2010 - Cleveland, Ohio
2011 - Boston, Massachusetts
2012 - Orlando, Florida
2013 - Phoenix, Arizona
2014- Atlanta, Georgia
2015- Portland, Oregon
2016- Indianapolis, Indiana
2017- Richmond, Virginia
2018- San Antonio, Texas
2019- Salt Lake City, Utah
2020- Tempe, Arizona
2021 - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania