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Registration: 8:45am

Program: 9 - 12:30pm

Understanding and Supporting Childhood Grief: A Developmental Perspective

Children experience many different types of losses in their lives including those from death of a loved one, as well as parental separation and divorce. Age affects how these losses impact children in the present and across their development. This session will explore children's emerging awareness and understanding of loss and death and the physical and emotional reactions that children and teens experience while grieving. Participants will learn why some children respond to loss with resiliency while others become traumatized, especially when the death is sudden or violent. Case materials, DVD, and small group exercises will be integrated throughout the presentation.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how children experience loss and death at different ages.
  • Recognize signs of grief in children and teens.
  • Describe various types of interventions to use with grieving children and teens.
  • Identify factors that contribute to fostering resiliency in bereaved children.

Presenters: Judy Feigon Schiffman, Director Barr-Harris Children's Grief Center, Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute, and clinicians from the Barr-Harris Center

Admission: $20 for program. Payment is at the door.

3.5 CEUs: No additional CE fee for Social Work/Counseling. $10 additional fee for Clinical Psychologists.


Jewish Child & Family services is a partner with the Jewish United Fund in serving our community.


Beth Hillel Congregation B'nai Emunah
3220 Big Tree Lane
Wilmette, IL 60091

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