Child Development Stages and the Grief Process-Developing and promoting new healthy family dynamics and relationships
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About the Event
This session will teach clinicians how to perform creative/artistic activities they can use to help system involved children to process grief experiences and build stronger relationships with those around them. First participants will learn about how a system involved child’s developmental stage interacts with their processing of grief. Then they will learn 2 different activities that can be applied to helping system involved children process their grief and communicate their feelings.
- Learn about the different models of grief and how stage of development influences how they engage in grief process
- Use creative and artistic activities to help children process and articulate their feelings.
- Practice leading a client through activities designed to facilitate personal safety, foster positive changes in family dynamics, and age appropriate coping strategies
9:30am-9:40am Instructor introduce self, my professional and personal history with grief and education
9:40am-10:00am Group introduces selves: Who are you? What job do you do?
10:00am-10:20am Teaching: Personal and professional experiences with bereavement. Identifying safe space
10:20am-10:55am Large Group activity: Creating (Draw/marker/crayon) a safe space in grief discussions/engagements
10:55am-11:20am Teaching: Understanding grief, recognizing regression, and children's development.
11:20am-11:40am Break out exercise: Dramatic reading & response
11:40am-11:55am Break (CEUs will not be issued for this time)
11:55am-12:10pm Teaching: Family dynamics and the changing roles in and after grief
12:10pm-12:30pm Breakout Activity: Read the scenario and write a dialog or script for how you might playfully integrate grief tasks into an engagement/activity with the child.
12:30pm-12:.50pm Teaching: Challenges in using arts engagements in groups
12:50pm-1:15pm Final Activity Discussion/reflection in large group – How will you use this in your work?
1:15pm-1:30pm Closing discussion and Evaluations
Meet Our Trainer
“We can create together. We can heal together. We can mark the moments of ritual together. May the work of our hearts and hands speak together the truth of our lives.”
Shoshana has been working with communities and professional caregivers educating and training on the issues and challenges around progressive illness, trauma, death and bereavement for families for over 36 years. In that work she has supported people in many ways and forms as they experience illness, grief, healing, recovery, and transformation.
She began her grief and loss professional journey during the illness and death of both of her parents when she was a teenager. She subsequently served a residency in Berkeley to become an interfaith chaplain and now describes herself as “a Jewish chaplain, who works from an interfaith perspective”.
She has trained, counselled, and supported adults and children dealing with terminal illnesses, (and students/volunteers wanting to learn) using art modalities and non-traditional approaches
The thread that stitches together all the pieces of her work life is care, compassion and comfort for suffering people who find themselves outside the system of norms in American mainstream culture.
As a person who has lived outside those norms all her life, Mama Shoshana says with conviction, “We have our unconventional ways, and I am here to tell you that they are valid. There are many roads up this mountain called life, and we survive the craziness by stitching together all we learn from one another.”
Shoshana has developed a range of learning interventions and activities including:
- Developing an ethical will
- Developing a "spiritual toolbox" for journeying through life's deepest challenges,
- Bereavement training programs for social workers, care aides, case managers and paraprofessionals
- Grief support programs for groups and teams
- Needs assessment tool for anticipatory grief and loss in clients and families
- Art-therapy based grief support for children
She is also the author of The Phoenixx Haggadah.
This course meets the qualifications for (3.75) BBS CEUs for LCSWs and MFTs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences & is provided by Fred Finch Youth Center, CAMFT Provider #045295.