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Helping Students Cope With Grief & Loss

3 Credits
This course is designed for K-12 teachers, administrators, counselors, social workers, nurses, coaches, specialists and other educational professionals who seek to enhance their skills in meeting the needs of students who are coping with grief or loss. The course provides helpful, practical, information on the developmental stages and understandings of death, how to talk with students about death, and four important concepts about death for student understanding. Examples and strategies for dealing with complicated death such as suicide, long-tern illness, multiple deaths and on-campus deaths are explored. Religious and cultural sensitivity is examined, as well as the planning and implementation of campus- based memorials and services for healing and mourning. It is intended to support and encourage the important work that educators are already doing in the area of student care.

NOTE: Required book must be acquired separately.

This course is applicable towards the Social Emotional Learning Certificate.

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Connie Enns-Rempel

Educators are among the most important and influential members of our society. Along with families and religious communities, our teachers, administrators, coaches and counselors have a critical impact on the shaping of our children and youth. In my years as a school counselor, I have been deeply impressed that as teachers work to meet the academic and educational needs of their students, they also feel increasing demands to meet students’ social, cultural, emotional and behavioral needs as well. My courses are designed to assist educators in addressing these challenging concerns by providing both helpful and relevant theoretical information as well as very practical, hands-on resources.