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A Brown Bag Lunch & Learn Event: 

Grief in Schools

Join us for an afternoon of enlightenment and learning with

Michelle Tarango, Social Work Intern and

Rachel Saffer, LCSW, Children's Program Manager 


While all people will experience grief over a lifetime, the age at which grief occurs affects how it manifests. Children and adolescents experience and manifest grief differently depending on their developmental stage. In this training, you will learn how grief looks in children and adolescents at different developmental stages and learn how to support these children in managing their grief as they return to the school environment.  Participants will: 


  • Learn about the manifestations of grief at different developmental stages. 

  • Explore themes around grief in school. 

  • Learn specific strategies to support children in working through their grief in the school setting. 

Friday, April 26th

12:00 - 1:30 pm

Location: The Austin Center for Grief & Loss

2413 Greenlawn Pkwy., Austin, TX 78757


Light snacks and beverages provided.

Fee: $20 per participant;  space is limited so please RSVP below.

1.5 CEUs Included for LPC, LMFT, LCSW 



Michelle Tarango, Student Intern, is currently pursuing her Master’s in Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin. She has been an intern at Austin Grief since September 2018, where she completed support group facilitator training and has worked with clients of all ages. Before moving to Austin, Michelle worked with children and adolescents in the school environment as a mental health counselor. 

Rachel Saffer, LCSW earned her Masters of Social Work from Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, Massachusetts. Starting as an office volunteer at Austin Grief, Rachel quickly grew to be an integral part of our team. She has experience in providing counseling to adults, teenagers and children who have experienced significant trauma in both group and individual settings. Rachel utilizes various interventions in her practice including therapeutic yoga, EMDR, and traditional play therapy. She believes in providing every client with a welcoming and safe environment so that they can work towards healing on their own terms.  Rachel is in training to become a Registered Play Therapist and is also a Certified Kids Yoga Teacher.