Crisis and loss are common in the lives of youth, whether due to a death or crisis involving their individual family or one that affects the entire community. These experiences can have a significant impact on functioning and the capacity to learn which can be supported with accommodations, in the classroom and beyond. It can also have a long-term impact on their social and emotional development that can be lessened with appropriate support.
Educators, service providers, and other community adults play a vital role in providing important support to youth. This support promotes their understanding of the event, helps them learn coping strategies to accelerate adjustment and minimize their distress, and minimizes maladaptive coping mechanisms and behavioral difficulties.
Yet most educators and other caring adults have had limited to no professional training in how to support students in the aftermath of crisis and loss. This workshop will help community adults learn skills in how to talk with and support individual students or the entire class/school as they struggle to understand and cope with a crisis or loss in their lives. Implications for adult crisis and loss also will be explored.
The National Resilience Institute is a Supporting Organizational Member of the Coalition to Support Grieving Students, of which our center is a Lead Founding Member.
Presentation by Dr. David Schonfeld, Director, NCSCB
April 10, 2019
CRST International Graduate Center
1650 Matterhorn Drive Northeast
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402