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Continuing Education

Supporting the Special Needs of Grieving Children and Teens

Date: 11:30am - 1:30pm PDT October 3, 2019 Location: Lewis & Clark Graduate School, South Chapel

Lewis & Clark Graduate School, South Chapel

The ways that children and teens conceptualize loss, experience grief, and require support are not only different from adults, but are also fluid, changing as youth progress through developmental stages. For young people in each developmental stage, what do supportive adults need to know? 

This presentation will provide a review of current research and up-to-date understandings of the needs of young grievers, both anticipatory and post-loss. Presenters will also discuss a variety of local resources for grieving children, their families, and their supporters.

Following this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Identify common grief manifestations of children and adults
  • Recognize support needs of grieving children and adolescents
  • Recommend local resources for grieving children and families

NW Association for Death Education & Bereavement Support is a nonprofit organization that exists to promote quality death education and bereavement support for professionals and the greater community.

Event Details

Date & Time: Thursday, October 3, 2019, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The workshop will begin promptly at 11:30 a.m., end at 1 p.m., with networking from 1-1:30 p.m.
Instructors: Carrie Kilpatrick-White, MSW, LCSW, Petya P. Pohlschneider, MSW, LCSW     

Registration Rates

Noncredit: $30, includes 2 CEUs or PDUs.
Northwest Association for Death Education and Bereavement Support Members: Free. 2 CEUs or PDUs available for $15. View NWADEBS membership information
Students and L&C Staff: Free 
Lewis & Clark School Based Mentors and Supervisors: Free

Advance registration is preferred, however, walk-in registrations will be accepted. Payment can be made by credit card or check. View Parking Information

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About the Presenters

Carrie Kilpatrick-White, MSW, LCSW has been in the hospice and bereavement fields since 2012 with a focus on children’s services. She has worked in a variety of roles, including pediatric hospice social worker and children’s bereavement counselor. With a BA in sociology from Seattle University and a MSW from Eastern Washington University, Carrie has used her skills to support children and families with anticipatory grief, end of life decisions and preparation, social and behavioral issues, and grief after a loss. In her current position, Carrie is the clinical coordinator for Camp Erin, a bereavement camp for children and teens, facilitator of Me, Too grief group for children and families, and a children’s bereavement counselor for Providence Hospice. 

Petya P. Pohlschneider, MSW, LCSW holds a Masters of Economics from the University of Economics, Varna, Bulgaria in 1999. After moving to Portland, Oregon, she earned an MSW from Portland State University in 2007. Her passion is serving patients and their families at end-of-life, and she has been working for Legacy Hospice Services since graduation. After four years as a Medical Social Worker, Petya became the Bereavement Coordinator at Legacy Portland Hospice & Hopewell House, and the Clinical Coordinator for ME, TOO Child & Family Grief Program in 2011. She provides grief counseling and support to individuals and groups who have experienced loss of a loved one. She especially values working with children and their families, both in her professional role and as a volunteer at Camp Erin, a grief camp for children. 

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