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Child Grief Counsleling Certification Program: Using Play Therapy in Child Grief Counseling

Child Grief Counsleling Certification Program: Using Play Therapy in Child Grief Counseling

Finding Grief Through Play The mind of a child differs greatly than an adult.  This is due to an array of psychological and biological differences than stem from a lack of development in the brain.  It is important for grief counselors who specialize in grief and adolescent grief care to understand these differences because they directly effect how children grieve. In the case of younger children, grief can be found in many things, most notably play.  The child’s need to play is not only for fun but is a way a child communicates and expresses herself.  Through this expression, a counselor or psychologist

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Companioning the Grieving Child

Companioning the Grieving Child

Treatment versus Companioning the Grieving Child Treatment of grief is a very cold term.  In some ways, it sees grief as a pathology in itself.  Is not the very meaning of treatment to ”cure”?  Grief cannot be cured but neither is it pathological.  It is a natural feeling that comes with the ability to love.  Hence grief is part of the human condition and can only be cared for in regards with coping, accepting and accomodating loss into one’s life.  Companioning the grieving child is less about curing but walking with the grieving child.  It sees grief as a process and not an event. Dr. Wolfelt

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Child Grief Counseling and Bereavement Education: Dimensions of Child Grief

Child Grief Counseling and Bereavement Education: Dimensions of Child Grief

Child Grief and Its Manifestations Child grief manifests itself in many ways.  The child and adolescent grief counselor can pinpoint these manifestations and help adults better understand what their child is feeling.  If anyone is familiar with or has children, some of these manifestations may have been seen in a child you know.  Here is a list of Dimensions of Child Grief to look for. 1. Shock or apparent lack of feeling.  Children sometimes show no emotion and will simply ignore the obvious and go outside and play.  This does not mean it does not affect the child and it should be not be

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The Healing of the Grieving Child

The Healing of the Grieving Child

Six Reconciliation Needs of the Grieving Child When children grieve they need to meet various tasks in overcoming their grief and adjusting to the post grief world.  It is also important for grief counselors, parents, and concerned adults to help the grieving child meet these needs to adjust. The first task or need is for the child to acknowledge the death. In helping a child acknowledge this, it is important for adults to convey the finality and concrete nature of death.  Examples should include telling the child that we will no longer see the body walk, talk or breathe.  In addition to this, it is

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Program in Child Grief Counseling: Ten Misconceptions About Grieving Children

Program in Child Grief Counseling: Ten Misconceptions About Grieving Children

Mistakes Adults Make About Grieving Children Adults make many mistakes about the nature of child grief.  Maybe they are well intentioned mistakes or maybe the parent or adult merely cannot handle his or her own grief.  Regardless, misconceptions about how to handle grief and children can lead to major problems down the road.  Alan Wolfelt lists ten misconceptions about grief below. 1. Grief and Mourning are the same experience.  The reality is mourning is the external expression of grief. 2. Children Grieve for only a short time.  Grief is a process not an event and children will experience the grief due to the

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Child and Adolescent Grief: Advice from the Companioning the Grieving Child

Child and Adolescent Grief: Advice from the Companioning the Grieving Child

Grief Rights for Kids The improper handling of children grief leads to many future problems for the child.  Well intentioned adults many times offer the wrong advice or entirely ignore the issue at hand.  Alan Wolfelt offers these grief rights to children in their grieving. 1.  The right to have my own unique feeling about death. 2. The right to talk about the death when I feel comfortable to do so 3. The right to express grief how I feel 4. The right to ask and receive help during grief from adults 5. During grief, the right to get upset about normal and everyday problems 6.

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Adolescent and Child Grief Program

Adolescent and Child Grief Program

Children Express Grief Over Fallen Family Children from the Virginia area where able to meet in a large meeting and ceremony to consolidate their grief in one group in Washington D.C.  The program is for children who have lost loved ones in Afghanistan and allows the children to express grief together over their loss. SFGATE writes about this in “Good Grief Camp 2012″ At least 500 children who have lost loved ones in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars  attended the annual four-day “Good Grief Camp” in Arlington, VA and Washington,  DC. To read more, click here The expression of grief

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Death and Child Grief

Death and Child Grief

Death and Child Grief The earliest memories of death and its imprint on the young mind can be quite scarring and traumatic for children.  Depending on the level of mental development some children cannot even fathom what death itself means much less grasp the grief that is associated with it.  Eventually as the age of reason comes, the emotional aspect of missing someone correlates with the intellectual reality of what death and missing that someone means in regards to life.  It is within that age of reason that parents or other family members need to address death with children.  Obviously

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Child Grief and Bereavement Counseling

Child Grief and Bereavement Counseling

Everyone deals with death in their own way, but children are a bit different. Most young children really don’t understand death, even those who do can have a hard time dealing with their feelings. It’s important to make sure kids are getting the care they need during a time when they lost someone close to them. Child grief  and bereavement counseling is something that any parent should seriously consider. This is a great solution since most kids don’t want to talk to their parents or other family members about their feelings. Most parents don’t even know what questions to ask

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Child and Adolescent Grief Counseling Education Program

Child and Adolescent Grief Counseling Education Program

Thank you for visiting our AIHCP web blog. This category of the blog focuses on the specialty practice of Child and Adolescent Grief Counseling Education Program. Our blog provides our visitors and professional members and students an ever expanding platform for related articles, information, discussions, event announcements and much more. We invite your participation by posting comments, information, sharing and authoring for our blog. Please visit us often and be sure to book mark us! To become certified by the Child and Adolescent Grief Counseling Education Program, one needs to take the core courses.  Those qualified can become certified. Certification