NACG Member Work Groups

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The overall goal of these groups is to identify and share best practices on topics relevant to the field of childhood bereavement.

We are excited about the wealth of information that can stem from these groups and will serve the greater community!

Depending on the response to each Work Group, as well as the topic and timeline, not everyone who applies to participate may be selected to participate. Please know that this will be an on-ongoing process with the goal of including input from as many of the membership as possible. If not now, then later your input will be important! We ask for your patience, as we navigate this process.


Expectations of all Work Groups

  • Work groups will be formed from need and interest of the NACG membership.
  • NACG will support the formation and outcomes of work groups as needed.
  • Work groups will be facilitated by member(s) who will report to the NACG staff.
  • Work groups will have a limited number of participants.
  • Work groups are expected to achieve an identified outcome in an agreed upon timeline.
  • Timelines and meeting frequencies will be determined by the need and the work group.
  • The outcomes/products should be representative of the consensus of the work group.
  • All products/outcomes must be submitted to NACG staff by agreed upon timeline.
  • All outcomes/products will have a secondary review.
  • All products of work groups are owned by NACG as a collective member organization.

 Work Group Ground Rules

During meeting calls:

  • Remember purpose of work group is for the greater good, not self.
  • All members of the group have valuable input to contribute and need to be heard.
  • Explore all options and opinions. Use open questions and be open to questions from others.
  • Please be mindful you will be representing a part of the field; speak for them, not just for yourself.
  • Each meeting will have a sharing component, a reporting component, a drafting/iterating component, and possibly a homework component.
  • Homework should be done before the next meeting.
  • The goal of the Work Group meetings is to share, decide, and act.
  • Everything is shareable and transparency is important.
  • Please refrain from working on other projects on your laptop/phone during calls.


NACG CGAM Focus on Schools Work Group (In Session) 

In honor of Children's Grief Awareness Month (November 2021), the NACG is pleased to announce that we will focus on schools with tools and resources to support bereaved students across the country. 

We will support schools and caregivers in creating guidance for bereavement plans and policies. We invite you to be part of that. If you are an active member of the NACG, have experience in working with bereaved children in a school setting, and have a passion for making a difference through open collaboration in a team environment, we invite you to apply!  

Eligibility Criteria: 1) NACG member, 2) Experience working with bereaved children in a school setting, 3) Commitment to meeting stated expectations and deliverables.  We will meet for 90 minutes with some work required outside of the meeting times.

Expectations: Weekly for 5 weeks beginning August 31st (Tuesday, August 31st, September 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th at 12pm ET/11 am CT/10 am MT/9 am PT)

Deliverables: 1) Develop tools to support schools in developing individual bereavement plans for students, 2) Develop tools to support schools in drafting bereavement policy, 3) Develop the rights of the grieving student charter.

This workgroup is made possible with funding from the New York Life Foundation.

Apply for this workgroup here


NACG Research & Evaluation Work Group (In session) 

The NACG Research & Evaluation Workgroup is being formed to create a peer-to-peer networking opportunity for researchers who are members in our NACG community. The Workgroup will consist of a maximum of 10 NACG members who are currently conducting research and/or evaluation on grieving children and/or youth. Please note that only one member per organization is permitted to join the Workgroup.

Eligibility Criteria: 1) NACG member, 2) Currently conducting research on grieving children and/or youth, 3) Published at least one peer-reviewed article or book, 4) Commitment to meeting stated expectations and deliverables

Expectations: Meeting monthly via an online platform to discuss trends and best practices in the field, brainstorm and problem-solve with one another on current projects and designs, disseminate research findings, and share research insights and information with the NACG community.

Deliverables: 1) Workgroup members will present two webinars a year, 2) Contribute research insights, updates, and current studies with the NACG community via the Forum newsletter, 3) Provide a constructive and thoughtful discussion on research topics raised by the Research & Evaluation Workgroup.

Application Deadline: Opens annually in December.

Notification: Applicants will be notified via email in January. Meeting times will be established by Workgroup members once membership has been determined.

Commitment Period: Annual [Meeting Monthly]

This workgroup is made possible with funding from the New York Life Foundation.

This workgroup is made possible with funding from the New York Life Foundation.



Work Groups Coming Soon

NACG Grad Student Work Group 

Description:
The NACG Grad Student Work Group is being formed to create a peer-to-peer space for connection, collaboration, networking, and professional development for graduate students who are members of our NACG community. 

Eligibility Criteria: 1) NACG member, 2) Currently a graduate student studying, working and/or interested in children and/or youth grief, 3) Commitment to meet stated expectations.

Expectations: Meeting monthly via an online platform to engage and connect with peers and other NACG workgroups, discuss trends and best practices in the field, brainstorm and problem-solve with one another on current projects, complete intermittent work between calls, and contribute to NACG events.

Deliverables: Open to be defined by Workgroup members and NACG staff as meetings start.

Application Deadline: Opens on August 30th and closes on September 13th, 2021.

Notification: Applicants will be notified via email mid September 2021 about their acceptance. Meeting times will be established by Workgroup members once membership has been determined. Our first meeting will happen in the first week of October 2021.

Commitment Period: October 2021 –  June 2022 [Monthly meetings] The Grad Student Work Group will run following the academy calendar and Workgroup members are expected to commit for a minimum of a year.

NACG Latinx Work Group 

Description:
According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the Hispanic/Latino population grew 43% between 2000 and 2010 and contributed to 56% of the overall U.S. population growth. The Latino population is projected to increase to 29% of the overall US population by the middle of the 21st century, an increase driven primarily by births and not immigration. With this shift in population across the U.S., it is imperative that service providers are equipped to respond to the growing need.

This NACG Work Group is being formed with an expected outcome of developing best practice guide and tips on “How to work with the Latinx Bereaved Community” This will benefit all in our field! The Work Group will consist of a maximum of 8 NACG members who are currently working within agencies that have implemented programming for the Latinx community. Please note that only one member per organization is permitted to join the Work Group.

Expectations:
Meeting monthly via an online platform to discuss trends and best practices in the field, brainstorm and problem-solve with one another on current projects and designs, disseminate best practice guide with the NACG community.

Deliverables:
1. Completing any homework/assignments within the agreed upon time frame.
2. Maintaining an open, productive dialogue and exhibiting a commitment to finding a consensus within the group.

Commitment Period: Annual [Meeting Monthly]

NACG Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Work Group

 

Completed Work Groups

NACG Grief Talk Workgroup: Resources developed and launched in November 2020.  Guides are available here. 

NACG Preschool Resource Work Group. Resource in development.  Watch for the product announcement!

NACG Grief and Disabilities Work Group. Resource in development.  Watch for the product announcement!

NACG Family Workbook Work Group. Complete.  Resource in development.  Watch for the product announcement!  This workgroup was made possible with funding from Dignity Memorial.