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Developmentally Based Creative Interventions for Children in Grief

Contact Hours : 30

Organized by :   The American Institute of Health Care Professionals (AIHCP), Inc.

Specialities :   Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Conference Summary

Developmentally Based Creative Interventions for Children in Grief is organized by The American Institute of Health Care Professionals (AIHCP), Inc..

Credits: Contact hours of education = 30.

Course Information:
This comprehensive CEU course approaches creative activities for dealing with children in grief from two very essential viewpoints: developmental theory and attachment theory. The course has two critical objectives for the working grief professional.  The first objective, treated in the text, The Colors of Grief, is to provide a clear background in the developmental phases of growth and concomitant attachment/loss issues. It describes how development affects a child’s experience of loss. The book will supply you with an excellent outline that can help you choose age appropriate activities to deal with a child’s grief. 

The second objective is to provide you with practical activities that can be adapted to the child’s developmental stage. Two workbooks were selected to give you a comprehensive selection of activities: Healing Activities for Children in Grief and Why Did You Die?   With these books you will have a collection of hundreds of creative activities that are easily staged but provide very clearly defined grief objectives. It is my hope that these materials will give you a complete approach to creative approaches to child grief in both individual and support group settings. Course Code: GC 555. Contact hours of Education= 30.

This course is particularly designed for those who are already or were recently certified by the American Academy of Grief Counseling, and are now seeking Certification as a Certified Grief Counselor in Child/Adolescent Grief.

Course Objectives:
Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:
• To discuss loss and separation in children.
• To define the role of bonding and attaching in a child’s life.
• To define and illustrate the uniqueness of childhood bereavement.
• To identify the effects of loss on a child’s life over the years.
• To describe insecure attachment disorders.
• To identify and explain the prism of emotions present in a child’s grief journey.
• To explain the manifestation of anxiety and fear in children.
• To describe “anger” as a grief response in children.
• To evaluate the role of shame and guilt in childhood loss.
• To recognize depression as a grief response in children.
• To apply the “stages” of grief to the child.
• To provide examples of how children react in the various phases of grief.
• To describe how normal grief is experienced by children.
• To compare and contrast the various developmental stages in children.
• To describe and provide examples for the “Birth to Toddler” developmental stage.
• To describe and illustrate the elements of cognitive reasoning, social/emotional reasoning and moral reasoning in children in the Birth/Toddler stage.
• To analyze the significant features of the “Toddler to Early Childhood” developmental stage.
• To describe and illustrate the cognitive, emotional and physical aspects of the Toddler/Early Childhood stage.
• To identify and analyze the major features of the “Middle Childhood” stage.
• To describe and illustrate the cognitive, emotional and physical aspects of the Middle Childhood developmental stage.
• To evaluate the strategies to help a grieving child in each developmental stage. 
• To discuss the characteristics of the “Transitional Period” of adolescence in grief.
• To describe and illustrate the cognitive, emotional and physical aspects of the transitional developmental stage.
• To review and evaluate therapeutic activities to deal with childhood grief.
• To describe and define the objectives for a variety of creative activities to engage a child in healing grief. 
• To provide a variety of activities for each developmental stage of childhood.

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  • Contact Hours : 30
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