Bridging the Gap Between Research and Practice in a Community-Based Family Bereavement Center

Bridging the Gap Between Research and Practice in a Community-Based Family Bereavement Center 
December 5, 2012 – 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EST/11:00 a.m. to noon PST

This webinar will begin with a critical review of the literature on the effectiveness of varied grief support approaches for bereaved children and families. Thereafter, the presenters will explore lessons derived from a longitudinal program evaluation and research initiative conducted in collaboration between the University of Colorado Boulder and Judi’s House, a non-profit bereavement center that provides comprehensive care free of charge to approximately 1,000 grieving children and adult caregivers annually.Discussion will include research findings on participants and programs at Judi’s House, and the practical relevance of such findings for program development. Discussion will also include the challenges and rewards of integrating assessment and program evaluation into a community-based bereavement center to effectively address the unique and diverse needs of the bereaved.

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Meet the Presenter(s): Brook Griese, Ph.D., and Ali Giusto, B.A.

Dr. Brook Griese is Co-Founder and Director of Research and Program Development for Judi’s House, a nonprofit, community-based bereavement center for children and families in Denver, Colorado. As a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in childhood trauma and loss, Brook directs the development and implementation of programs at Judi’s House, including a structured assessment protocol and the research-based Pathfinders curriculum used in groups at Judi’s House and in schools throughout metro-Denver. Brook also oversees the integration of research and practice through a comprehensive program evaluation and longitudinal research initiative conducted since 2006 in collaboration with Dr. Louise Silvern at the University of Colorado Boulder. In addition to extensive clinical experience working directly with children and adults coping with histories of trauma and loss, Brook has published in the field and presents throughout the country to varied audiences on bereavement, trauma, posttraumatic growth, family violence, assessment and intervention.


Ali Giusto is a Professional Research Assistant at Judi’s House, a nonprofit family bereavement center in Denver, Colorado.  She helps support the integration of research and practice at Judi’s House, working closely with both the program staff and the University of Colorado research team. In addition to her multifaceted work for the research initiative, Ali has assisted with the development of the Pathfinders curriculum and serves as a volunteer in bereavement support groups at Judi’s House.  She has also contributed to the writing of publications and has presented at local and national conferences on the research at Judi’s House. Before Judi’s House, Ali worked at Cancer Treatment Centers of America’s Eastern Regional Medical Center in Philadelphia as a research associate, where she became interested in how children and families grieve. Prior to living in Philadelphia, Ali received her Bachelors degree in psychology from Yale University, and now plans to pursue a Ph.D. in clinical psychology.   


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A Little Hope






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