In support of Educators and Professionals that work with children ages 5-25, the Children’s Grief Center of New Mexico will be hosting a FREE 2 – Hour Supporting Grieving Students Workshop on Tuesday, September 26th from 5pm – 7pm at the Farmington Civic Center Exhibit Hall. The Supporting Grieving Students workshop is approved for 2 CEUs for counselors, psychologists, and social workers by the NASW – NM, but it is also a great resource for educators, school nurses or anyone working with children ages 5-25.
The workshop will include:
- Understanding how children grieve differently from adults.
- Learn to recognize some of the common pitfalls to which bereaved youth are vulnerable, i.e. physical ailments, substance abuse, depression, increased tardiness and absences, poor school performance, anxiety disorders.
- Identifying some of the key differences between bereaved youth at different developmental stages. Distinguish between elementary, middle, and high school-aged students, to create effective interventions.
- Understanding our typical cultural responses to grief (i.e. fear of explicitly discussing the death and obscuring the facts with euphemisms, offering platitudes, ignoring the death)arenot helpful. Learn how to replace typical responses with more helpful responses and compassionate companionship.
- Exploring ideas to support bereaved parents and caregivers so they may better understand and support their grieving student at home.
Jade Richardson Bock, Executive Director of the Children’s Grief Center of New Mexico, is an experienced and published professional in the field of grief. In her last twelve years of working for the Center, she has grown the program from serving 50 individuals annually to serving over 500, and expanded programs in response to community need. Ms. Bock was recently named one of Albuquerque’s top “Forty under 40” Executives by Albuquerque Business First, and in 2013 the Grief Center was awarded Non Profit of the Year in the Crisis Resources Category by the same institution. In 2008 she accepted the “Distinguished Contribution to New Mexico Families Award” from the New Mexico Association for Marriage and Family Therapy on behalf of the Children’s Grief Center. Her most meaningful and poignant education in childhood bereavement and grieving families began at age 17 when her father was killed in an accident at work.
CEU Certificates will be issued upon completion of the seminar.