Discussing Grief and Loss with Young Children

Our children don't need to feel alone when facing grief and loss-- and neither do educators.

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Description

Young children face challenging life circumstances-- the death of a loved one, divorce, family restructuring, community violence, incarceration of a loved one, and other tragedies. In such trying times, young children often turn to their educators, unsure of what to do and how to express themselves. Such situations can be overwhelming for school staff-- and present serious responsibilities to respond in an appropriate manner.

This workshop examines grief and loss, and offers strategies for adults to respond in productive and supportive ways. Our children don't need to feel alone when facing grief and loss-- and neither do educators.

About the Instructor

Michele Lansing Palter, AM, MS Ed, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker with master’s degrees in education and social work. She has worked in schools for over 10 years, specializing in child and adolescent mental health and its intersection in education, as well as relationship-centered treatment for trauma. Michele has served as a child, adult, and family therapist, as well as a consultant for schools, seeking to support students, their families, and teachers in cultivating stronger and healthier relationships. Currently, she directs Connect, JPA’s consultation and training program for teachers, administrators, and social workers, oversees JPA’s internship program, and maintains a clinical practice at JPA.

Objectives

This workshop will help participants:

  • understand grief and loss faced by young children
  • debunk common misconceptions about how kids understand and cope with grief and loss
  • explore a variety of techniques to use when responding to children's experiences of loss

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