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Elementary School Trainings

When your students are facing stressful life events, such as family illness, a divorce or a parent out of work, do you know the best practice for helping that child be able to learn in your classroom?

The Good Grief Program is ready to help when there’s a crisis in your school to train your crisis team or to train and support your faculty and staff before a crisis so that you can help promote resilience in your students as they face losses and teach!

Children’s developmental paths are often challenged by life’s bumps in the road. Our workshops give teachers and specialists the tools and strategies to gently guide children over the bumps so that they can learn.

Workshop I
Workshop II
Workshop III

Workshop I
Good Grief in the Elementary Classroom Promoting Resilience

Children often “act out” when they are in pain. Learn specific classroom strategies to help your students at each developmental age cope with change, loss, transitions and crisis. This workshop trains teachers to be ready to assist students through a crisis involving loss rather than “bringing in counselors from the outside” to assist only those students having difficulty. In this workshop, we will work interactively with faculty to explore the four psychological tasks using several anecdotes to make the learning pragmatic. 

Topics will include myths and inhibitors to the mourning process; how children understand death differently as they develop; how grief “looks” different in children; the power of school-based commemoration; and how to identify those youngsters who are having difficulty “going on” and what to do about it. Although this workshop deals with the most difficult topic, death, teachers report enthusiastically that this workshop is truly about “life!”

Workshop II
Training a Crisis Team to Manage With Confidence

Addresses the how, what, when and why of crisis management; includes the Good Grief Program Crisis Plan. This is a must for teams that haven’t been trained recently. Our researched, tested approach is hands-on, consensus building, and skill-enhancing; it prepares your team for giving leadership to staff, parents and students when it’s most needed. 

For Crisis Teams… a Tune Up!

If you have a plan and you have new leadership within your team this ‘tune up’ is especially for you!

And When a Crisis Occurs… Call for Our Crisis Consultation!

Our staff will help you on-site to provide guidance to your team when you need it.
Although many schools can point to a crisis plan that is available for implementation at the time of crisis, several years of experience training teams suggests that most plans contain the crisis but stop short of assisting students and faculty with the psychological issues that confront them at the time of loss.

The crisis team training will address the how, what, when and why of school crisis management. The training is lively, interactive and provides the team with an opportunity to learn and interact together, a pre-requisite for working together in a stressful crisis. 3 hours

A Sampling of the Questions We Will Address Together

  • What constitutes a “crisis”?

  • How and when do you inform students of a death?

  • In what ways are the concerns different if the death is anticipated, unanticipated, caused by suicide, AIDS, the result of a murder, an outcome of family violence or witnessed by other students?

  • What do you do if the community has information that the family is unwilling to reveal?

  • How do you identify which students and faculty are more at risk?

  • How do you know if you are doing enough?

  • How do you involve parents?

  • What commemoration policy is appropriate, especially if the death was a suicide?

  • How do you assist the school community in “going on”?

  • How do you effectively deal with the media?

The issues are many and complex; the crisis action plan must address each issue completely and specifically. At the end of the training, you will have the complete Good Grief Crisis Protocol, a working document. 

Workshop III
Good Grief! A Kids' Support Group – When Bad Things Happen

Everything you need to know to facilitate a school-based support group (for school counselors – upon request). In order for children to thrive academically, they need to feel supported as they face stressful life events such as family members’ illnesses, death, and divorce.

A school-based support group is a wonderful way of acknowledging loss, mitigating the isolation that children experience and providing a rich opportunity for expressing difficult feelings and offering peer support. This training can be tailored to your counseling staff’s needs. The training includes a developmentally appropriate curriculum with activities.

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Call: 617.414.4005 or 617.921.4008
Fax: 617.414.7915

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Department of Pediatrics
Good Grief Program
Vose Hall, 403
92 East Concord Street
Boston, MA 02118

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