The Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice and the Joseph T. Quinlan Bereavement Center in Newton invite teachers, school counselors, social workers, and psychologists to participate in a two-day program designed to help create on-site grief support systems for bereaved students. Learning to recognize possible grief-based behaviors in your classroom will allow you to respond appropriately and to quickly assist your students. These are skills that you can use throughout your career with children of many ages.

The workshop will take place on Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 11-12. Training topics will include:

• Recognizing grief in children and teens

• Developmental perspectives in grief

• Normalizing grief

• Supporting young people as they process their grief

• Addressing death and loss within the school community

• Creating/facilitating peer support groups

Participants will each receive a copy of the books Finding the Words: How to Talk with Children and Teens about Death, Suicide, Funerals, Homicide, Cremation and other End-of-Life Matters and the Healing in the Classroom Workbook.

The event runs 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. each day and the cost is $200, which includes lunch on both days. The registration deadline is Oct. 6. Contact Diana Sebzda, Director of Bereavement at 973-948-2283 or dsebzda@karenannquinlanhospice.org. You may visit www.karenannquinlanhospice.org for more information.

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