Child Grief Counseling Program Article on Trauma and School Shootings

The ultimate fear of any parent is to discover a school shooting at one’s child’s school.  This fear does not subside afterwards for many, even the survivors.  Many children need counseling for trauma and parents have to learn how to help their child through that trauma.

School shootings are terrifying and can leave long lasting scars. Please review our Child Grief Counseling Certification

The article, “Dealing With Trauma: How To Best Support Your Child After A School Shooting” by ADHITI BANDLAMUDI discusses this and how to help your child.  The article states,

“In the wake of the shooting at the K-12 STEM School in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, parents all over the country are struggling with difficult conversations about safety at school. One student was killed and eight were injured. Hundreds more lived through the terrifying experience of a shooting at their school.”

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Please also review our Child Grief Counseling Program and see if it matches your academic and professional needs.

Child and Adolescent Grief Counseling Program Article on Children and Questions of Death

Children can become fascinated with the concept of death at a young age.  Many children are influenced by magical thinking and cannot conceptualize the permanence of death.   Other children come into contact with death usually with the loss of a small pet such as a fish or hamster.

Children at a young age can become very interested in the topic of death.  Please also review our Child and Adolescent Grief Counseling Program
Children at a young age can become very interested in the topic of death. Please also review our Child and Adolescent Grief Counseling Program

The article, “Why Do 4-Year-Olds Love Talking About Death?” by Jessica Grose looks at this curious interest.  The article states, 

“When our older daughter was 4, it seemed like she was asking us about death constantly. These questions were apropos of nothing; we hadn’t had a death in the family or lost a pet. What was jarring was her matter-of-fact tone.”

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Child and Adolescent Grief Counseling Article on Child Grief and Professionals

Healthcare professionals need to understand the nature and grief of children.   Children grieve differently and need guidance.  Certified Child and Adolescent Grief Counselors can help in this process.

Children grieve differently and professionals need to address that.  Please also review our Child and Adolescent Grief Counseling Program
Children grieve differently and professionals need to address that. Please also review our Child and Adolescent Grief Counseling Program

Some may already be licensed counselors, others may be social workers or health care providers, but a certification in Child and Adolescent Grief Counseling is a useful tool in helping grieving children.

The article, “When Children Grieve: 10 Important Points for Youth Welfare Professionals” by Irene Searles McClatchey looks at important aspects of child grief.  The article states, 

“The following 10 tips for helping grieving children and teens and their caregivers derive from my own practice with bereaved children. I have held healing camps for children and adolescents bereaved of a parent or sibling three to four times a year for the past 24 years. Over this time span it has become evident that children need to have their grief acknowledged and a space to have their feelings listened to.”

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Please also review our Child and Adolescent Grief Counseling program and see if it matches your professional and academic needs.

 

Grief Counseling Certification Article on Child Grief and Loss

Interesting article on experiencing grief at a young age and how it affects one in adulthood.

The article, “Tragedy, magical thinking, and the lasting impact of grief” by Geraldine de Brit looks at a tragic loss of her mother and sibling in an accident and how she felt and adapted through the years.

Tragic loss and a young age can have life long implications.  Please also review our Grief Counseling Certification
Tragic loss and a young age can have life long implications. Please also review our Grief Counseling Certification

The article states,

“Even now, 42 years later, this event still has the ability to feel unreal, like it must have been a mistake and I ask myself, “ how could it have happened? How could I not have seen them in all this time?” In such moments it can even feel like they might still come back, like I am leading an interim life until they do.”

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Please also review our Grief Counseling Certification to see if it matches your academic and professional goals.

Child and Adolescent Grief Counseling Program Article on Young Grief

Those who experience more loss when young have different outlooks on life.  Youthful grieving takes a toll but also prepares one for life and how to cope.  It can also though if not handled correctly, cause future grieving problems.  Hence it is important to help the young grieve properly.

Young grief and loss can have negative and positive effects. Please also review our Child and Adolescent Grief Counseling Program
Young grief and loss can have negative and positive effects. Please also review our Child and Adolescent Grief Counseling Program

The article,7 Ways Grieving When You’re Young Changes You, According To Experts, by Lindsey Mack states,

Coping with the loss of a loved one is difficult at any age. But for children who experience grief at a young age, the effects of this loss may continue into adulthood. There are quite a few ways grieving when you’re young changes you in general.

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As one can see, young grieving has positives as well as negatives.  Please also review our Child and Adolescent Grief Counseling Program and see if it matches your academic and professional goals.

 

Child and Adolescent Grief Counseling Training Article on Child Grief

It is very heartbreaking to see one’s child grieve.  Helping children overcome grief is an important task of any parent or relative. Child and Adolescent Grief Counseling Training can also help parents and friends better understand the nature of grief in children.

Understanding child grief is important. Please also review our Child and Adolescent Grief Counseling Training
Understanding child grief is important. Please also review our Child and Adolescent Grief Counseling Training

The article, “Tips on what to do when a child experiences death and grief” by LOH SIT FONG states.

Losing someone or something we love is part of life. As adults, we are mature and experienced enough to understand this. However, grief and sorrow may be something a child has never experienced before.
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Please also review our Grief Counseling Training at AIHCP.   The program is online and independent study.   Through the basic Grief Counseling Program, you can then apply for the Child and Adolescent Grief Counseling Training

Child and Adolescent Grief Counseling Article on Explaining Tragedy to Children

Sometimes it is difficult to discuss with children the dangerous nature of the world.  Explaining tragic accidents and why people die is one of those difficult conversations.  It is important to learn how to communicate loss and grief to children.

Explaining tragedy to children can be difficult and hard.  Please also review our Child Grief Counseling Program
Explaining tragedy to children can be difficult and hard. Please also review our Child Grief Counseling Program

The article, “How to talk with your children about tragic accidents” by Sarah Guernelli states,

In a tragic loss such as the one that occurred Wednesday afternoon, local health specialist told Western Mass News that talking with your children about a situation like this is important.

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Also to learn more about helping children through grief and learning how to communicate with them, please review our program.  AIHCP’s program in Child and Adolescent Grief Counseling gives certified grief counselors the chance to learn more about counseling children through bereavement.

Grief Counseling Training Article on Play Therapy

Play therapy has always been a beneficial tool in helping children in counseling.  Expressing grief is no different.  Children are able to express grief and trauma through play.  A counselor is then able to help the child express the grief in a productive way through play therapy.

Play therapy is an excellent way to help children communicate grief.  Please also review our Grief Counseling Training
Play therapy is an excellent way to help children communicate grief. Please also review our Grief Counseling Training

The article, How play therapy can help children heal, by Karen Marley looks at the benefits of play therapy.  She states,

“Play therapy is an evidence-based practice that helps a child build a greater sense of self. When engaged in play therapy, a child uses his or her entire self – mind and body – to express unconscious fears, thoughts, wishes and feelings.”

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AIHCP offers a certification in Child and Adolescent Grief Counseling which can help prepare counselors for dealing with child grief.  Please review our full Grief Counseling Training and see if it matches your academic and professional needs.

Child and Adolescent Grief Counseling Program Article on Schools and Grief

Dealing with grief in schools is a big issue as more and more shootings and tragedies occur in our nation.   Schools do not always have the resources or grief counselors on hand to help students overcome grief.

Schools are trying to become better equipped for dealing with student grief.
Schools are trying to become better equipped for dealing with student grief.

The article, “Schools fall short when it comes to helping grieving students” by 

“An adolescent experiences the death of his mother after a lengthy illness.  When I ask what services he would like to receive from the school, he initially says he didn’t expect special treatment, would be embarrassed by counseling from the school mental health staff and wouldn’t feel comfortable if many of his teachers asked to talk to him about his grief.”

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Please also review our Child and Adolescent Grief Counseling Program and learn how to help children grieve

Child Grief Counseling Certification Article On Children Saying Goodbye

A very important part of teaching children to grieve and ensuring they grieve healthy is allowing children a chance to say good bye to a loved one.  If a loved one is dying, the children need an appropriate time and place,according to their maturity, to be able to properly express themselves and say good bye to a loved one.  Please also review our Child Grief Counseling Certification.

Letting your child say good bye is important in grieving. Please also review our Child Grief Counseling Certification
Letting your child say good bye is important in grieving. Please also review our Child Grief Counseling Certification

The article, Give kids a chance to say goodbye, states

“Should parents take their children to visit a relative or loved one in a hospital or hospice? Death and dying can be scary and uncomfortable subjects, so parents may shy away from them.”

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Despite these concerns, the article, as well as the American Academy of Grief Counseling encourages parents to face the fear and allow their child to see the dying person.  It is critically important for the child’s development to understand the nature of death but also to be able to express him or herself in a positive way.  This ultimately prevents future issues that he or she may face as a young adult with guilt or regret.

It is very important for children to be able to understand death and to express themselves.  Please also review our Child Grief Counseling Certification and see if it matches your academic or professional needs.