A “one-size-fits-all” approach to grief support is typically ineffective. Thus, it is a critical task of service providers to determine which type of grief support (e.g., peer support and individual therapy) and practice elements are most appropriate based on the unique needs and strengths of the children they serve. Using Multidimensional Grief Theory as a guide, this presentation describes evidence-based, trauma-and grief-informed assessment tools that can support grieving youth, especially those exposed to the death of a loved one by suicide.
This session describes assessment and interventions for youth who have experienced traumatic loss. Suggestions are provided for how to implement these practices with military families. The webinar also includes an opportunity to discuss the “cost of caring” and strategies to promote resilience for service providers.
- Identify trauma-and grief-informed assessment tools that can be used for risk screening, case conceptualization, and treatment planning
- Understand specific practice elements that can be used to address trauma and grief in youth
- Recognize the distinction between trauma-informed and grief-informed practices
- Define differences between secondary traumatic stress, vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue, and burnout, as well as how to recognize these in themselves and others