November GSVLI: Building Virtual Communities to Support Grieving Youth & Families During Uncertain Times

Grief Sensitivity Virtual Learning Institute - Building Virtual Communities to Support Grieving Youth and Families during Uncertain Times


Lauren Schneider, LCSW, and Talya Schlesinger, MSW, of Our House Grief Support Center provide information on ways to build virtual communities and support youth and families grieving. Adapting grief supports to an online environment requires accommodations to effectively support families experiencing loss during challenging times. Session trainers explored how to appropriately adapt and develop interventions that address treatment goals using online treatment platforms.


Lauren Schneider, LCSW

Lauren Schneider, LCSW, Clinical Director of Child and Adolescent Programs, Our-House

Lauren, a nationally recognized authority on Children’s Grief, has provided trainings for mental health clinicians, educators, clergy, health care providers and graduate students throughout the community since 2000. Lauren is the author of “Children Grieve Too: A Handbook for Parents of Grieving Children”. She also created “My Memory Book…for grieving children” and contributing author for “You Can’t Do It Alone. A Widow’s Journey through Loss, Grief and Life After (2020) by Maria Quiban Whitesell as well as grief-related curricula for use at Camp Erin Los Angeles and in OUR HOUSE grief support groups. Lauren 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 maintains a private practice in Los Angeles specializing in grief and loss.




Talya Schlesinger

Talya Schlesinger, MSW, Associate Clinical Coordinator of Camp and Children’s Programs, Our-House

Talya is a clinical social worker dedicated to supporting children, adolescents and families. Talya 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. Prior to joining the team at Our House Grief Support Center, Talya worked as a medical social worker at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles on the Bone Marrow Transplant team.





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