General Training Programs – Workshop I: Helping Students Face Loss
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; 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!"