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Grief Sensitivity Virtual Learning Institute
September GSVLI: Building Virtual Communities to Support Grieving Youth and Families During These Uncertain Times
October 2, 2020

Original Broadcast Date: 9/10/20

While the world was grappling to find footing as the pandemic erupted, we leaned into the time-tested OUR HOUSE model of grief support; harnessing the inherent healing power of connection, for the first time, through an online format. In this session, we  share lessons learned wading through the challenges of supporting families on overwhelm. We teach how we addressed JW Worden’s Tasks of Mourning using interventions that can be facilitated by volunteer group leaders via an online platform. We share the magic that can happen when you create virtual spaces with intention for children to connect and support one another around their grief and losses, in spite of Zoom fatigue and physical distance. OUR HOUSE is a grief support center based in Los Angeles, California.

Download the slides HERE.


Speaker Bios:

Lauren Schneider is a nationally recognized authority on Children’s Grief. She has provided trainings for mental health clinicians, educators, clergy, health care providers and graduate students throughout the community, and has authored books and curricula on the topic of grief (e.g., “Children Grieve Too: A Handbook for Parents of Grieving Children,” Camp Erin Los Angeles curriculum). She is the Associate Producer of “One Last Hug...and a few smooches” an Emmy award winning HBO documentary about Children’s Grief. She trains and supervises OUR HOUSE group leaders as well as MSW and MFT clinicians and students. Lauren Sneider maintains a private practice in Los Angeles specializing in grief and loss.

Talya Schlesinger is a clinical social worker dedicated to supporting children, adolescents and families. She completed her undergraduate studies in Biopsychology, Cognition and Neuroscience as well as Community Action and Social Change at the University of Michigan. She then received her MSW from the University of Michigan with a concentration in Children and Youth in Families and Society, and a minor in Human Services Management.

This webinar was one of the sessions of September's Grief Sensitivity Virtual Learning Institute (GSVLI). For more information on how to access resources from September's GSVLI and how to register for November's GSVLI, please click here.