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Understanding Childhood Traumatic Loss Through the Lens of Multidimensional Grief Theory

October 12, 2023 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT


About This Webinar

The death of a loved one in childhood is one of the most common adversities that an individual may face, with an estimated 6 million children experiencing the death of a parent or sibling before the age of 18 (Childhood Bereavement Estimate Model National Report, 2023). While most bereaved youth are resilient, research shows that, for some, bereavement can adversely affect long-term functioning in multiple life domains.

Traumatic losses or stigmatized deaths, such as suicide, can amplify psychological distress in grieving youth. Military service providers are uniquely positioned to help support children facing suicide-related losses. This webinar describes manifestations of trauma and grief in children, how their intersection can impact learning and behavior, and how to know when a grieving child is in need of therapeutic intervention.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe Multidimensional Grief Theory and Interpersonal-Psychological Theory of Suicide
  • Identify the three dimensions of grief
  • Understand specific bereavement-related challenges among youth exposed to suicide death
  • Recognize the differences between traumatic stress reactions, grief reactions, trauma reminders and loss reminders


Julie Kaplow, PhD, ABPP

Dr. Julie Kaplow is a licensed clinical psychologist, board certified in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. Dr. Kaplow serves as Executive Vice President of Trauma and Grief Programs and Policy at the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute and Executive Director of the Trauma and Grief (TAG) Center at The Hackett Center for Mental Health in Houston. She is also Executive Director of the TAG Center at Children’s Hospital New Orleans and Professor of Psychiatry at Tulane University School of Medicine. In these roles, she oversees the development and evaluation of treatments for traumatized and bereaved youth and disseminates trauma- and bereavement-informed “best practices” to community providers nationwide.

Continuing Education

Continuing Education Credit
  • Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors, and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists: Programming approval for 1.5 CE credits has been obtained for Social Work, LPCs, and LMFTs from the University of Texas at Austin, Steve Hicks School of Social Work. Check with your state licensing agency for reciprocity and/or credit approval if licensed for other professions or in one of the following states: CO, FL, HI, IA, KS, KY, MI, NY, ND, OH, OK. **Note: Eligibility for CE credit expires on October 12, 2025.  
  • Case Managers: This program is approved by the Commission for Case Manager Certification for approval to provide board-certified case managers with 1.5 clock hours. **Note: Eligibility for CE credit expires on October 12, 2024.  
  • Certified Family Life Educators: This program is approved by the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) for 1.5 CE credits for CFLEs. **Note: Eligibility for CE credit expires on October 12, 2028.  
  • Board Certified Patient Advocates: This program is approved by The Patient Advocate Certification Board to provide CE credit to Board Certified Patient Advocates (BCPA). The webinar has been approved for 1.5 CE contact hours, of which 0.0 are in the area of Ethics. **Note: Eligibility for CE credit expires on October 12, 2025.  
  • Certified in Family and Consumer Sciences (CFCS): This webinar is approved for 1.5 CE credits from the American Association for Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) for CFCS. **Note: Eligibility for CE credit expires on October 12, 2028. 
  • OneOp Certificates of Attendance are available for those interested in documenting additional professional development activities.

*This webinar is Part 1 with experts from Trauma and Grief Center at The Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute around childhood traumatic loss and grief. RSVP for Part 2, Addressing Maladaptive Grief Reactions Among Youth.

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October 12, 2023
11:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT
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