2023 MHTTC Grief Sensitivity Virtual Learning Institute

This November, in honor of Children's Grief Awareness Month, the MHTTC Network hosted a two-day, no-cost, training experience for the mental health and school mental health workforce. We worked with leading grief experts across the country to strengthen grief sensitivity skills, techniques, and interventions.

The theme for our 2023 GSVLI was

Working with grief in the context of violence: Strengthening our skills to strengthen ourselves

Day 1 - Wednesday, November 1st, 2023: General Mental Health Workforce Sessions

Special focus on gender-based violence, institutional violence, community violence and grief

Access the slide deck from Day 1 here.

View the Day 1 video recording here.

Day 2 - Thursday, November 2nd, 2023: School Mental Health Workforce Sessions

Special focus on school violence & grief

Access the slide deck from Day 2 here.

View the Day 2 video recording here.

Access the full program inclusive of speaker bios and further details here

View the MHTTC GSVLI 2023 Faculty Curriculum Vitae & Resources here

A summary of 2023 GSVLI participant feedback and reflections is also available for download here.

Please note: This was a 2-day event. Session programming for both days ran from 9:00 am-3:00 pm PT * 10:00 am-4:00 pm MT * 11:00 am-5:00 pm CT * 12:00-6:00 pm ET. Certificates of completion were offered for this event, but will not be administered after February 1, 2024.


The Institutes are for Community Mental Health Practitioners, Social Workers, Psychologists, Therapists, School Mental Health Personnel, School Counselors, Educators, School Administrators, and anyone interested in enhancing their grief sensitivity.

You can view recordings from either day and any session no matter your role to support your interests and learning. The populations you serve may be discussed across each Institute day, settings, and sessions.


Both days of the GSVLI were rich with faculty who offer grounding and foundations for grief sensitivity for the mental health or school mental health workforces and its intersection with violence. Faculty shared where we have been as a field, where we are now, and where we are going (new research, findings, and learnings to impact our practice).

Each day began with a grounding keynote, offered two panels to deepen our learning, and a workshop session.

  • Helplines and Support
    • 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline - 988
    • NAMI - 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) or [email protected]
    • Mental Health America- Text MHA to 741741
    • SAMHSA’s National Helpline - referral and information - 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
    • SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline - 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746
    • Help Texts


Learn more about grief, loss, and bereavement on our Network's resource page: Grief, Loss, and Bereavement.

You can also access archived recordings and resources from GSVLI 2022 and 2020!

For any questions, please contact [email protected].

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