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'The Playroom' is a virtual space where kids 5-17 (and their parents) can go to engage with staff and supporters of Austin Grief who will be creating fun, often interactive videos with activities such as: song writing, dance, fitness, drawing, painting, musical instrumentation, singing, cooking, art and crafts, creative writing, and more. Our purpose will be to convey and celebrate a message of hope, community, healing, and resilience.
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CAMP RED BIRD
Camp Red Bird is a bereavement summer day camp for children ages 6-12 that have experienced the death of a parent, sibling, or primary caregiver. It is a safe place where kids can laugh, cry, play, create, remember the person who died, learn that it is okay to grieve, and to understand that they are not alone.
Camp Red Bird engages children in therapeutic activities that incorporate art, crafts, nature-based experiences, yoga, and movement to help process feelings of grief. Children who attend camp learn to develop healthy coping skills in a safe and supportive environment.
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PAST TRAININGS & WORKSHOPS
To Post or Not to Post: Grieving in the Digital Age (Brown Bag Lunch and Learn)
Led by Rachel Saffer, LMSW
Emotional Wellness for Teens
Led by Becca Van Tassel, LCSW
Parenting While Grieving (Brown Bag Lunch and Learn)
Led by Rachel Saffer, LMSW and Jessica Owens, Operations Manager
How Grief Impacts the Family System (Brown Bag Lunch and Learn)
Led by Clinical Director Brittany Neece and Laura Babineau
Parenting and Co-Parenting: Loving Your Teen in a Complex World
Led by JC Pohl, LMFT-A and Clinical Director Brittany Neece
Supporting Young Children in Grief (Brown Bag Lunch & Learn)
Led by Rachel Saffer, LMSW and Katie Tarvin, Graduate Social Work Student
Adolescent Grief (Workshop)
Led by Melissa Greenwell, LPC-Intern and Robbie Rhodes, LPC-Intern
Nutritional Wellness & Its Impact on Mental Health (Brown Bag Lunch & Learn)
Led by Whole Foods Healthy Eating Specialist Andi Jo Richards and MHP Executive Director Gail Goodman, LPC
The Power of Expressive Arts for Grief (Brown Bag Lunch & Learn)
Presented by Kimberley Mead, LPC
The Difference Between Grief and Depression (Brown Bag Lunch & Learn)
Speaker: Candyce Ossefort-Russell, LPC-S
Mind/Body Connection of Grief (Brown Bag Luncheon)
Speaker: Kim Judd, LPC
The Impact of Divorce on Children (Workshop)
Led by Khris Ford, LPC-S
If your organization is interested in having AustinGrief staff speak or provide training regarding grief and/or trauma please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHILDREN'S BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUPS
Children's Bereavement Groups are for children who have experienced the death of a loved one. Children are grouped by Elementary/Early Middle School and Teens. Each group session is facilitated by two trained volunteers and supervised by a licensed clinician. Facilitators come with a theme and supporting activities for each session. However, group members sometimes come with a specific issue or question about which they would like to talk. The group is intended to meet the needs of the group members. So, the planned theme may be set aside to accommodate a specific need or request by a group member. Themes often explored are adapting to changes, feelings associated with the loss, how the loss impacts their sense of self, masks we wear during difficult times, and managing stress in grief. To inquire about a group call 512.472.7878.