After the Loss: Supporting Children and Families Following a Death
This presentation of “After the Loss: Supporting Children and Families Following a Death” will focus on the developmental impact of a death experience, manifestations of grief, neurobiological effects of grief, standards of care, and factors relevant to working with bereft children, adults and families. Medical Professionals, Clinicians, Mental health professionals and others working with grieving children/families will benefit from the content and skill development offered through this seminar. Educational information will be provided about bereavement in children/families, as well as tools and resources available for helping those experiencing loss, including the professionals themselves. Content will be provided in a lecture based format with opportunity for experiential activity, questions and discussion from attendees.
o Proposed Audience:
§ Hospital and Healthcare Professionals
· Physicians (Pediatricians, Oncology, Emergency, Hospitalists, PCP, etc.)
· Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants
· Hospice professionals
· Social Workers, Child-life Specialists, Case managers
§ Mental Health Providers
· Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Psychotherapists (LMFT, LMFT, LCSW)
Peter Willig, L.M.F.T., F.T., is Clinical Director of the Children’s Bereavement Center® (CBC). He is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Fellow in Thanatology with over 25 years of clinical experience working with individuals and groups, including children, adolescents, couples, and families. Mr. Willig began his work with children/families at Miami Children’s Hospital Department of Psychiatry and has worked with the CBC since its inception. He is responsible for oversight and facilitation of CBC programming, orientations, research, the CBC Training Institute, and Community Outreach programs.
Mindy Cassel, Ph.D., C.T., is Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of the Children's Bereavement Center® (CBC). She is a Licensed Psychologist and Thanatologist. Since 1999, as Executive Director, she oversees CBC's operations, management, strategic planning, financial development, and expansion. Dr. Cassel's professional career in the Miami community spans more than 30 years, during which she has worked with individuals, families, and children in the areas of loss, trauma, rehabilitation, and life transition.
Kathy Kramer, LCSW, CT, is the Director of Program and Training for the Children’s Bereavement Center®. Ms. Kramer has been working in the mental health field for 15 years, 8 of which have been with the CBC. As the Program Director, for the CBC, Ms. Kramer coordinates, implements and supervises all peer support groups for children, teens, young adults and adults. Ms. Kramer is a principal in the training and supervision of all CBC volunteers, interns and facilitators. Additionally, she conducts community trainings and presentations and is responsible for current research initiatives exploring the effectiveness of peer support groups on children and adult functioning after loss.
Susana Blanco, Ph.D. is an educator and psychologist in private practice. Dr. Blanco has trained with the Children’s Bereavement Center and has acted as a group Facilitator in our Peer support programs. She earned her master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from University of Miami and her doctoral degree from University at Albany, State University of New York. She completed her clinical internship at Boston Medical Center in the Center for Multicultural Training, and her post-doctoral training at Edith Nourse Veteran's Hospital in Bedford, MA. In addition to having worked as a full-time academician at the doctoral level, she has conducting research, co-authored journal articles and presented at national and international conferences on various topics.