Grieving Children and Teens: Creative Interventions for Individual and Group Work

ID: 5732WEB

Common issues for grieving children will be explored, including factors affecting the grief response, how grief is expressed and understood at various developmental stages, needs of grieving children, and how the grief experience can vary across different religious and cultural backgrounds. A variety of creative & expressive art techniques appropriate for children ages 6-17 will be presented for social workers to utilize throughout the stages of bereavement. The techniques presented in this workshop can be utilized and adapted in clinical work with individual children/teenagers, groups, and families. Interventions include ideas and activities for psychoeducation, honoring & remembering loved ones, expressing feelings, coping, and building confidence. Participants will have the opportunity to explore many of the activities experientially. [Elective for Child/Adolescent Mental Health Certificate Program]

Fee: $60.00
Continuing Ed. Hours (CEH): 3.0 Clinical

Instructor: Crystal Zelman, LCSW, CCLS, RPT-S
Date: Thursday, January 18, 2024
Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm ET
Location: Live Interactive Online Webinar

Webinar Objectives

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants should be able to:

  • Describe common losses children experience, how they understand and are affected by death at different ages, and needs of grieving children & families
  • Utilize a variety of expressive art activities for honoring & remembering a loved one through play therapy
  • Recommend a variety of creative art and play therapy interventions for expressing grief related feelings an enhancing coping.

    Webinar Outline

    10:00 am Welcome/Introductions
    10:05 am Psychoeducation

  • Common loses children experience (definitions, prevalence)
  • How children understand and are affected by death at different ages
  • Needs of grieving children and families
  • Common do's and don'ts
  • Psychoeducation for caregivers and children
  • Religious and cultural considerations
    11:15 am Therapeutic Art Interventions
  • Honoring and Remembering
  • Feeling Expression
  • Coping
  • Esteem Building
    12:25 pm Conclusion/Q&A

    Target Audience

    Social Workers and Allied Health Professionals

    Content Level

    Beginner - Intermediate

    Webinar Completion Requirements

    To earn CE credit, social workers must log in at the scheduled time, attend the entire course and complete an online course evaluation. Certificates of completion will be emailed within 10 business days of course completion.

    System Requirements

    • Operating Systems: Windows XP or higher, MacOS 9 or higher, Android 4.0 or higher
    • Internet Browser: Internet Explorer 9.0 or higher, Google Chrome, Firefox 10.0 or higher
    • Broadband Internet connection: Cable, High-speed DSL & any other medium that is internet accessible.

    About the Instructor

    Crystal Zelman, LCSW, CCLS, RPT-S, is a licensed clinical social worker, certified child life specialist, and registered play therapist supervisor. She has been supporting children & families for over 15 years, and owns a private practice in Denville, NJ called Morris County Play Therapy. She has many years experience working with children who have a parent with cancer, children who are grieving the loss of a loved one, as well as children and families in Early Intervention. She has a passion for providing clinical support & case consultation to clinicians pursuing their play therapy certification.

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