NAGC Member Work Groups
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 NAGC membership.
- NAGC will support the formation and outcomes of work groups as needed.
- Work groups will be facilitated by member(s) who will report to the NAGC 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 NAGC staff by agreed upon timeline.
- All outcomes/products will have a secondary review.
- All products of work groups are owned by NAGC 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.
New! Preschool Resource Work Group
In October 2020, we are launching a Preschool Resource Work Group.
Our next collaborative project is to develop a resource for preschool age children that can be used with a caregiver. The goal is to provide a resource that allows parents and caregivers to interact with a young child and have tools to discuss death and the loss of someone special. The outcome will be a resource that utilizes a young child’s natural tools of expression including art, music, movement and play. If you have experience with preschool age children and/or skills and knowledge as a poet, musician, play therapist - We NEED you!
If you are a current NAGC Member and are interested in utilizing your awesome skills and knowledge to benefit others who share the mission of serving grieving children, please log into the NAGC Member website to access and complete the application by Monday, September 28th
Workgroup: Preschool Resource
Staff Support: Vicki Jay
Timeline: October 2020
(once this Workgroup has met its timeline and outcomes, it will dissolve)
Weekly in October (Monday October 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th at 3pm ET/ 2pm CT/1PM MT/12pm PT)
We will meet for 1 hour with some work required outside of the meeting times.
Development of an interactive/expressive resource for bereaved preschoolers.
APPLICATION FOR NAGC MEMBERS
For questions contact
Grief Talk Workgroup (Completed)
Beginning in August 2020, we are launching a Grief Talk Work Group. Currently, we are working on a Campaign for the National Children’s Grief Awareness Month in the Fall of 2020. This group will meet beginning in August, with an expected outcome of developing tips on how to talk to a bereaved child.
If you are a current NAGC Member and are interested in utilizing your awesome skills and knowledge to benefit others who share the mission of serving grieving children, please log into the NAGC Member website to access and complete the application by Monday, July 27th
Workgroup: Grief Talk
Staff Support: Deirdra Flavin
Timeline: August - October
(once this Workgroup has met its timeline and outcomes, it will dissolve)
Weekly in August (Tuesday Aug 4, Aug11, Aug 18 & Aug 25 at 12pm ET/9am PT)
2 x in September (Dates TBD)
2 x in October (Dates TBD)
Development of tip sheet(s) on how to talk to a bereaved child/teen.
Application of Developed Resources:
• Tip Sheet(s) will be on the NAGC website and fully downloadable at no charge.
• Toolkit will be on the NAGC website and fully downloadable at no charge.
• Both resources will be shared with all NAGC members.
NAGC Latinx Work Group
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 NAGC 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 NAGC 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 NAGC community.
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.
Application Opens: October 2019.
Application Deadline: October 28, 2019.
Notification: Applicants will be notified via email by December 13, 2019. Meeting times will be established by Workgroup members once membership has been determined.
The NAGC Research & Evaluation Work Group
The NAGC Research & Evaluation Workgroup is being formed to create a peer-to-peer networking opportunity for researchers who are members in our NAGC community. The Workgroup will consist of a maximum of 10 NAGC 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) NAGC 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 NAGC community.
Deliverables: 1) Workgroup members will present two webinars a year, 2) Contribute research insights, updates, and current studies with the NAGC community via the Forum newsletter, 3) Provide constructive and thoughtful discussion on research topics raised by the Research & Evaluation Workgroup.
Application Deadline: September 23, 2019.
Notification: Applicants will be notified via email by November 8, 2019. Meeting times will be established by Workgroup members once membership has been determined.
Commitment Period: January – December 2020 [Monthly]