This practical guide provides a framework and useful techniques for helping bereaved youth in numerous settingsThis welcomed addition to the field of childhood bereavement is brimming with innovative yet practical interventions for human service professionals helping grieving youth in a variety of settings. Written by noted experts with over 40 years of combined experience, this comprehensive "how to" book provides both a framework for understanding how grief impacts the lives of children, and models, techniques and interventions for individual, family, and group counseling. The book is based on best practices and the authors experience working with grieving families. It includes hands-on tips for interacting with and helping grieving children. Specific guidelines are provided for individual and group support including practical methods for creating meaningful spaces for young people to find help, encouragement, and healing. The book's developmental, environmental, cultural, and social considerations equip professionals with the tools to better understand the mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual reactions of their young clients. Additionally, the book offers insightful information on professional accountability, ethical concerns, educational recommendations and training. Professionals who work with bereaved children daily and those who occasionally encounter them in their practice will find a wealth of resources in this book.Key Features:Brimming with innovative, practical interventions to support grieving children and teensProvides individual, family, and group counseling models, techniques, and interventionsEmbodies strategies for working with bereaved youth that can be used in a variety of settings, including mental health, health care, schools, and faith communitiesOffers a framework for understanding how grief impacts the lives of children
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Andy McNiel, MA, currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer for the National Alliance for Grieving Children (NAGC). In his role as CEO, Andy serves the childhood bereavement field as a national fundraiser, thought leader, and ambassador for issues related to childhood bereavement support, traveling extensively throughout the United States. Andy has served as a non-profit manager and leader throughout his career, and has provided support and counseling to bereaved children, teenagers, and adults in a variety of support settings. He is a nationally recognized presenter and trainer, using a balance of humor, teaching, and facilitating on a variety of topics related to strategic planning, non-profit leadership, childhood bereavement support, adult bereavement issues, and group facilitation. He holds a BA in Religion and MA in Counseling.|Pamela Gabbay, MA, FT is a childhood bereavement consultant and adjunct faculty member at Brandman University. She is part of the national Training Corps for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Formerly, Pamela was the Director of the Mourning Star Center for Grieving Children. She created and served as the Camp Director for Camp Erin, Palm Springs, a bereavement camp for children in Southern California. Pamela served two terms on the Board of Directors of the National Alliance for Grieving Children. Formerly, she was the President of the Southern California Chapter of the Association for Death Education and Counseling. Pamela earned her Master's degree in Cognitive Psychology from Claremont Graduate University and was awarded the Fellow in Thanatology by the Association for Death Education and Counseling. She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Education degree in Organizational Leadership from Brandman University.
"Understanding and Supporting Bereaved Children: A Practical Guide for Professionals by Andy McNiel and Pamela Gabbay is now required reading for my graduate student intern cohort here in Boston. I find it so useful and clear. It serves as a great introduction to those new to the field, and as a helpful affirmation to those of us who have been doing the work for a while!"
--Jennifer Wiles, MA, LMHC, BC-DMT "Heart Play Program " "This book is exactly what the authors intended it to be: a practical guide for professionals who work with bereaved children. Andy McNiel and Dr. Pamela Gabbay have written a comprehensive text that clearly demonstrates their many years of knowledge and experience working in the bereavement field. The authors have put together a book filled with solid information relevant to current practice in the field of Thanatology as well as excellent examples that link scholarly information to practical use. They also provide many wonderful activities in the book which can be used by professionals who work with bereaved children. As a professor at a Monmouth University teaching a course in grief counseling, my students use this as their required text for the course. They have given very positive feedback on this book and appreciate the clear, concise way in which the information is portrayed. This book is a must for professionals wanting to know more about how to work with bereaved children."
--Lynn M. Snyder, LPC, ATR-BC, FT "Common Ground Grief Center "
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