Joanne L Harpel, Mphil, CT, JD
suicide bereavement & Postvention specialist
Facilitating Suicide Bereavement Support Groups for Children and Teens:
a four-part training workshop series
This interactive, experiential training workshop series is for anyone with a personal or professional interest in facilitating peer support groups for children, preteens, and teens (ages 6-18).
You don’t need to be an expert - if you’re interested in helping children and teens after a suicide death, these workshops will provide the training, skills, and best practices to start. Note: if you’ve experienced a personal loss to suicide, we recommend that you be at least 2 years from the death. Mental health professionals are warmly welcome (although we don't offer CE credit, we can provide you with proof of attendance upon request).
The workshops will be led by Joan Hoff, former longtime Director of Program Services for The Dougy National Center for Grieving Children and Families, facilitator of Coping After Suicide’s Virtual Grief “Camp” for Kids, featured expert in Coping After Suicide’s “Ask The Experts: Helping our Children Cope With Suicide Loss” series, and co-creator of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Support Group Facilitator Training Program for Child and Teen Groups.
The workshop series was streamed live in October, 2022, and was recorded. You can purchase the program materials and Zoom recordings below.
Program materials fee (covers all four workshops): $150
Workshop 1: Introduction to Child/Teen Grief
Workshop 2: Facilitating Groups for Children (6-10)
Workshop 3: Facilitating Groups for Preteens and Teens (11-18)
Workshop 4: Nuts & Bolts of Starting a Group
This program was offered in collaboration with Rethink The Conversation's Conversation Masterclass series.
Learn more about helping children and teens to cope with suicide loss through our unique Ask The Experts online series.