Full course description
Explore reoccurring losses that happen to children, youth, and their caregivers and effective methods to manage these. What is Grief & Loss and how are they related to Trauma? Examine the effects of grief, loss, and trauma on brain functioning, behavior, and thinking. Review attachment theory and the impact this has on reoccurring losses. Discuss triggers such as anniversary dates, smells, counter-transference; how to anticipate and manage these; and childhood traumatic grief and loss symptoms related to grief. Study genetic and environmental statistical correlations between mental health, trauma, and loss. Focus on their impact; understanding this reminds us of the underlying reasons why the youth we work with may exhibit such challenging behaviors. Explore the impact of Holidays for our youth. Review several strength-based techniques used to work with reoccurring loss that allow us to be effective in our professional roles, including the importance of self-care and self-awareness to avoid burn-out and experiencing secondary trauma. Discuss specific losses your youth and families may be experience and receive the necessary tools and support to manage these occurrences.