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Children’s grief and bereavement certificate program

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Children’s grief and bereavement certificate program

Children’s grief and bereavement certificate program

Presented by SickKids CCMH Learning Institute

Dates: January 30, February 6, 13, 20, and 27, 2024
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET
Facilitators: Andrea Warnick, RN, MA, RP, Liana Lowenstein, MSW, RSW, CPT-S and Lysa Toye, MSW, RSW, ExAT

This training is suitable for: Any professional or volunteer who is in a position to influence the support received by a grieving child. This includes frontline workers and volunteers such as medical professionals, educators, clergy, social workers, administrators, residential workers, counsellors, funeral service providers, and hospice volunteers.

Grief is a confusing and isolating experience for any person, old or young. Children’s grief, however, differs considerably from adult grief, resulting in the needs of grieving children often being overlooked or misunderstood. This can have a profound impact on the social and emotional development of a child. Caregivers, including the most skilled professionals, often feel helpless when supporting children through the death of someone close to them.

The Children’s grief and bereavement certificate program explores the roots of our cultural discomfort with the topic of children and death and exposes common myths and misconceptions. This program equips participants with the skills to provide support to children, youth and families grieving the dying or death of someone they care about. Adults cannot change the reality of a death occurring in a child’s life. However, with the right tools they can play a powerful role in shaping the story of the child’s grief experience and help them thrive in life.

Individual modules include:

  • Children at the bedside: Preparing children for the death of someone close to them – January 30, 2024
  • When death darkens the door: Supporting bereaved children and youth – February 6, 2024
  • Using mindfulness and compassion to support grieving children and families – February 13, 2024
  • When grief gets more complicated: Supporting harder-to-serve populations – February 20, 2024
  • Dancing in the darkness: Creative approaches to working with grieving children and youth – February 27, 2024

Please note:
This is a five-module/webinar certificate program. You must complete all five modules within a year to obtain the certificate. Each of the modules may be taken on their own as a stand-alone training.

Registration fee:
Save 30% off this training by using the discount code BFCM2023! This offer is valid from November 15-29, 2023. Register now!
General - $1,200 ($840 with code BFCM2023)
Student - $1,080 ($756 with code BFCM2023)

For full program overview and registration details please visit:

Continuing Education (CE) information: 30 CE hours

SickKids CCMH Learning Institute has approval from the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) for participants of our programming to apply the number of CE hours earned in the program towards their continuing education hours.

Other licensing boards and professional organizations will grant continuing education credits for attendance at their own discretion; participants will need to submit the course outline and certificate for their consideration.

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