Grief Sensitivity Virtual Learning Institute

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Thank you for attending the September Grief Sensitivity Virtual Learning Institute! Recordings for each session are coming soon!

We invite you to join us for two, 2-day virtual learning institutes in September and November 2020 with leading grief experts across the country. The series is geared towards providing front-line workers with tools and strategies that can be used when addressing the needs of individuals experiencing grief and loss during COVID-19 and beyond. Download the event flyer here. This event is offered at no cost! Please register below.


GSVLI Session speakers & descriptions for our September Institute now available!

September 10 & 11, 2020: Grief Sensitivity Institute Part 1:
Grounding ourselves in the basics (frameworks, definitions, and foundational concepts)

Please see the full brochure here for complete session descriptions, date and time slots of sessions, biographies of speakers, and more.

Tracked Learning- Both Institutes (September & November) have four sessions with three learning tracks (you are open to attend any session in any track). The speakers are duplicated for both Institutes and the sessions will be connected but different.


Below, we have the line-up for September’s Institute

September 10 & 11, 2020

9:00 am-2:45 pm PT • 10:00 am-3:45 pm MT 11:00 am-4:45 pm CT • 12:00-5:45 pm ET both days


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Registration link is below for November's Institute

Please note that the Eventbrite will hold both days, November 12 & 13.

We strongly encourage you to create your own calendar holds for sessions of interest between now and when you get the Zoom links on November 11, 2020.


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The Institutes include:

  • Tracked Learning: Each Institute has four sessions that each have three learning tracks: Grief Sensitivity, Evidence-Based Practices for Clinicians, and School Mental Health. You are invited to join whichever track most fits your learning interests!
  • Reflective Discussion: On both days of each Institute, we’ll host optional breakout discussions for participants to join, listen and learn from each other’s expertise and experience.
  • Opening Keynote & Closing Activity: On Day 1, we open with a keynote to set the tone; on Day 2, we close with an integrated activity to support our learning outcomes.


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 find the agenda for our Institutes below.


If you are interested in more grief resources, the MHTTC Network has released a series of five fact sheets that cover various topics, such as defining grief, responses to grief across the lifespan, preventive strategies and protective resources for grief, cultural responsiveness, and evidence-based treatments for grief.


Grief and Self-Care

  • We recognize that for some people, attending sessions on grief can activate our own feelings and grief responses.
  • Be sensitive to your own reactions throughout the Learning Institute. Take breaks, stretch, drink lots of water, etc.
  • If you need more support, please contact:
    • National Suicide Hotline - 1-800-273-8255
    • NAMI - 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) or
    • Mental Health America- 1-800-273-TALK (8255), 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


Note: Recordings for all sessions of the Learning Institutes will be made available in the MHTTC Products and Resources Catalog. Certificates of completion will be available. CEUs are not available for these Learning Institutes.


Grief Institute Agenda

Looking for additional grief resources? Visit our webpage: Responding to COVID-19 | Grief, Loss, and Bereavement

Questions? Contact the MHTTC Network Coordinating Office at