2-Day Certification Course on Grief Counseling for Children & Adolescents: Developmentally-Appropriate Assessment and Treatment Strategies for Processing Grief

Grief looks different in a child. When a child loses someone, it’s a lifelong loss. Not only have they lost someone important, they often become isolated i...
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Erica Sirrine
12 Hours 7 Minutes
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Jan 27, 2021


Grief looks different in a child.

When a child loses someone, it’s a lifelong loss. Not only have they lost someone important, they often become isolated in their pain, confusion, and self-blame. Safety and security have been replaced by trauma and anxiety.

Their understanding of death, and responses to the grief that follows, are largely influenced by their developmental level, making their treatment much different from that of an adult.

Many clinicians are unprepared…a child’s unique grief leaving them struggling in session.

This live webinar featuring grief expert, author, and speaker Erica H. Sirrine, Ph.D., LCSW, FT provides you with the assessment and treatment strategies you need to help your most vulnerable clients.

Watch Dr. Sirrine and discover how you can:

  • Better evaluate for developmentally appropriate grief symptomology
  • Provide anticipatory grief support to children facing the death of a parent
  • Talk to kids about death and tough topics like suicide
  • Match strategies and interventions to developmental level for improved outcomes
  • Use therapeutic games, arts and activities to promote healing when talking is too difficult

Best of all, upon completion of this live training, you’ll be eligible to become a Certified Child & Adolescent Grief Counseling Specialist (CGCS-CA) through Evergreen Certifications.  Certification lets colleagues, employers, and caregivers know that you’ve invested the extra time and effort necessary to understand the complexities of grief counselling with today’s youth. Professional standards apply. Visit for details.

Don’t miss this opportunity to get the skills you need to make a difference for your young clients.

Purchase today!



Critical Concepts for Treating Grieving Children & Adolescents
  • Grief vs. mourning: A distinction
  • Primary and secondary losses
  • Parental and sibling loss
  • Non-death losses experienced by kids
  • Traditional grief models & kids
  • Cognitive components of understanding grief in childhood
  • Grief concepts & loss responses by developmental age and stage (using case examples)
  • Distinctions between adult and youth responses to loss
  • Explaining sensitive topics like suicide or homicide death to kids
  • Magical thinking, guilt, and regret in childhood loss
Assessment of Grief & Loss in Children & Adolescents
  • How children and adolescents understand and cope with death
  • Six common questions following a death
  • “Things we want adults to know about our grief”
  • “De-code” the meanings of behaviors
  • Factors that influence mourning and healing in kids
  • Red flag behaviors
  • Ethical considerations for working with kids
Normal vs. Abnormal Responses to Loss in Children and Adolescents
  • Depression vs. bereavement: A DSM-5 distinction
  • Differentiating between normal, complicated, prolonged, and traumatic grief in children
Traumatic Grief in Children & Adolescents
  • Trauma exposure and traumatic loss
  • Assessing traumatic grief
  • Differentiating from normal bereavement
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Evidence-based interventions for treating traumatic grief
The Role of Attachment in Childhood Grief
  • The role of the pre-death relationship
  • Factors that influence continuing bonds
  • Assessment and expression of child and adolescent continuing bonds after death
  • Adaptive vs. maladaptive continuing bonds
  • Grief Cave Intervention
Anticipatory Grief Counseling
  • Talking to kids about terminal illness and death: Do’s and Don’ts
  • Anticipatory grief interventions
  • Explaining cancer to kids
  • Explaining the dying process to kids
  • Strategies to prepare kids for funerals & memorial services
  • Strategies to prepare children to return to school after a death
Individual Interventions to Help Children Reconcile Losses & Discover Hope
  • Bibliotherapy and journaling
  • Therapeutic games and play
  • Expressive arts interventions
  • Poetry, writing, and music interventions
  • Memorialization Rituals- Holidays and Significant Dates
School-Based and Group Interventions
  • Factors for assessing and counseling kids and teens at schools
  • Strategies for building rapport
  • 6-week support group session outline
  • Grief Camps
  • Family Camps
  • “Pamper Days”


2-Day Certification Course on Grief Counseling for Children & Adolescents: Developmentally-Appropriate Assessment and Treatment Strategies for Processing Grief

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Southeastern University

Erica H. Sirrine, Ph.D., LCSW, FT, is a licensed clinical social worker, qualified clinical supervisor and an associate professor of social work at Southeastern University. She has over 17 years of experience in the field of death, dying and bereavement and has been awarded the distinction of Fellow in Thanatology by the Association for Death Education and Counseling.

She has conducted and published research on the continuing bonds maintained by survivors following a death, and she recently authored and published Sammy’s Story, an anticipatory grief counseling book for young children experiencing the serious illness of a loved one. Dr. Sirrine has extensive expertise providing individual and group therapy to bereaved children, adolescents, adults and families. She has implemented numerous interventions and programs aimed at improving the emotional health of clients experiencing loss.

Dr. Sirrine presents seminars on bereavement and loss throughout the United States and is known for her interactive and engaging workshops. She has been distinguished as “Professor of the Year” and the National Association of Social Workers Heartland, Florida Unit’s “Social Worker of the Year.” Dr. Sirrine is passionate about equipping professionals with the tools necessary to help clients reconcile their losses, move toward healing, and regain meaning and purpose in their lives.


Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Erica Sirrine receives compensation as an Associate Professor at Southeastern University. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Erica Sirrine is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, The Association of Baccalaureate Program Directors, the National Alliance for Grieving Children, and the Florida Association of Deans and Directors. She does not receive compensation.