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Childhood Grief: Interventions for Working with Bereaved Children and Adolescents

  • Over 25 therapeutic tools and interventions to help children and adolescents mourn
  • Multiple demonstrations, experimental exercises, and case studies will be covered
  • Curriculum for bereavement support group for children & adolescents

This workshop artfully blends theory with practice so that even the most seasoned practitioner will leave feeling refreshed and better equipped to treat bereaved children and adolescents.

Join Dr. Sirrine as she will be presenting on case examples from her years of experience with bereaved children and adolescents. She will provide new information about continuing attachment bonds to the deceased, one of the latest constructs of study among bereaved youth. While tailored toward clients in mourning, you will find many of the intervention strategies transferrable to other presenting problems among youth such as divorce, anxiety and depression.

Through a combination of demonstrations and experiential activities, you will leave this workshop with over 25 concrete intervention techniques that will forever change your clinical practice with bereaved youth. Passionate about her clinical work with children, Dr. Sirrine brings a “tool-kit” of her favorite therapeutic games and strategies so you can easily develop your own following the training. Watch this seminar and become better equip to intervene with children, adolescents, and families experiencing illness or death. Dr. Sirrine’s enthusiasm and presentation style make this workshop one you will draw upon for many years in practice!


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Erica Sirrine
6 Hours 14 Minutes
Audio and Video
17 Dec, 2014
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Continuing Professional Development Certificates - PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This online program is worth 6.25 hours CPD.



Erica Sirrine's Profile

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Ph.D., LCSW, FT, Professor

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.

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  • Demonstrate an understanding of developmentally appropriate grief reactions throughout childhood and adolescence.
  • Identify the components of understanding death.
  • Discuss effective strategies of intervening with bereaved children, adolescents and families.
  • Identify support group topics and activities for bereaved children and adolescents.
  • Explain memorialization activities to assist children and adolescents in processing feelings of grief and bereavement.
  • Appraise the benefits of designing grief interventions using modalities such as the arts and play.



  • Six Common Questions Following a Death
  • Four Components of Understanding Death
  • Distinctions among Adult and Youth Bereavement


  • Normalizing the Dying Process and Grief Experience
  • Intervention Techniques for Funeral Ritual Preparation
  • Intervention Techniques for Returning
  • Children to School After a Death


  • Depression and Bereavement: A Distinction
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
  • Proposed Criteria- Persistent Complex
  • Bereavement Disorder


  • Significance of Pre-Death Relationship to the Deceased
  • Assessment of Continuing Bonds Following Death
  • Common Expressions of Continuing Bonds to the Deceased


  • Options for Assessing and Counseling Youth at School
  • Strategies for Rapport Building
  • Grief Symptomatology with Case Examples from Infancy-Age 18
  • Signs of Concern/Red Flags


  • Bibliotherapy
  • Games and Play
  • Art and Illustration
  • Poetry, Writing and Music
  • Memorialization Rituals - Holidays and Significant Dates
  • Grief Camps
  • Family Camps
  • Pamper Days
  • Holiday Gatherings


  • Parent/Caregiver Involvement
  • Curriculum and session topics for a 6 week support group
  • Facilitator Activities and Techniques

Target Audience

Case Managers, Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, Psychologists, Social Workers, and other Mental Health Professionals



Overall:      4.9

Total Reviews: 44


Lia L - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

"Excellent seminar. Engaging and informative."

melanie k - LAURYS STATION, Pennsylvania

"best presentation ever been to"

Victoria R


Carol M - ANNAPOLIS, Maryland

"wonderful speaker. would love to see her come to Maryland"

Eileen C - Holland, Pennsylvania

"One of the best workshops on this topic that I've ever experienced. I've been doing child grief work for a long time, and I still found it very valuable and re-invigorating. Dr. Sirrine's animated, passionate, compassionate speaking style made for a wonderful day that flew by!"

Wendy S - GREELEY, Colorado

"Excellent! I loved her!"

Amanda P - Bethany Beach, Delaware

"Erica was awesome!!!"

Lisa G - BETHLEHEM, Pennsylvania

"Dr. Erica Sirrine was the best speaker I have had through PESI. "

Michelle W - Perkasie, Pennsylvania

"very helpful"

Katie M - AMBLER, Pennsylvania

"I was concerned about the ability of a webcast to hold my attention the entire day while in my home office. Erica was absolutely wonderful! Passionate and knowledgable. I am very grateful to have had this training."

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