P.O. Box 101207
Arlington, VA 22210
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Sample Session Description
A Group Approach for Adolescents Experiencing Traumatic Grief
Group intervention is a promising practice for adolescents who have experienced the death of someone close to them due to violence or who have witnessed violent death firsthand. This workshop will review traumatic reactions, explore current research, and present a ten-week grief and trauma group model designed specifically for adolescents experiencing traumatic grief.
Sample Presenter Bio
Jane Smith, Ph.D.
Dr. Smith is a licensed clinical psychologist with a practice specializing in supporting children and families affected by violence and loss. She is the author of “Reactions,” a workbook specifically for children experiencing grief and trauma, and “Group Work with Adolescents after Violent Death: A Manual for Practitioners”. Dr. Smith has published numerous articles and provided presentations for local, state, and national groups on helping children after violent death.
Sample Educational Objectives
1. To understand how traumatic reactions may interfere with bereavement during adolescence.
2. To identify critical logistics for conducting grief and trauma groups.
3. To learn about a ten-week grief and trauma group intervention format designed specifically for adolescents.
Sample Teaching Methods
Teaching methods will include lecture, case examples with artwork, question and answer sessions, and facilitated discussion. After covering information pertaining to each objective, the presenter will solicit participation from attendees by facilitating questions and discussion. To highlight activities used in the ten-week group, presenters will conduct two experiential exercises for those attendees who wish to participate.
Sample Evaluation Methods
How will this presentation include the experiences or viewpoints of victims of crime?
Co-presenter Sarah Survivor will share her experience as a Deaf victim of carjacking and her subsequent work to educate first responders on the needs of Deaf crime victims.
How is this presentation informed by the experience of service providers, first responders, or other practitioners?
This training has been provided to domestic violence service providers for three years. The interactive nature of the training allows participants to learn from the real world experience of their fellow trainees. Lessons from previous trainings have been incorporated into the curriculum.
How does the material presented a) build on existing research; or b) incorporate an evaluation component or measure outcomes?
Research has shown the healing benefit of returning personal autonomy to victims of violent crime. Working with researchers at our local university, we have adapted a trauma scale that is included in a questionnaire provided to victims at the outset and the conclusion of our services. This provides a measure of victim recovery.