In-Service Training

Our House: Promoting Resiliency in Foster Youth After a Death

When: April 9, 2018 from 12 pm to 1:30 pm

“Just the phrase foster child implies several losses, making the very foundation of the child’s experience based on grief.”

Far too often caregivers, social workers and other people involved in their lives do not have the experience to support the child with their grief therefore making it difficult for the child to get the help and resources they need to facilitate the grieving process. Children who have experienced the death of a parent or significant caregiver often need to acknowledge and begin to understand all the feelings associated with the death. Many children in care feel helpless and out of control of their lives when they are in foster care; by assisting them with the grieving process you can help to give them a sense of empowerment.

In this presentation we will examine the multiple factors that impact grief for children in foster care and how their community of caregivers (foster parents, social workers/therapist, and relatives) can assist in the grieving process through the Four Tasks of Mourning as described by JW Worden, PhD.

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Presented by: Michele Bartlett, LCSW is the Associate Clinical Director of Child & Adolescent Programs at OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center. Michele is a licensed clinical social worker specializing in the field of trauma, grief and loss with children and adolescents in community settings. Michele facilitates grief support groups, trains and supervises OUR HOUSE group leaders as well as MSW and MFT students and serves as a member of the clinical team for Camp Erin. She is an adjunct professor for the Graduate Social Work Department at California State University Northridge and a trained field instructor for social work interns. Michele worked for the Department of Children and Family Services as a Children’s Social Worker for 7 years prior to joining the OUR HOUSE Team.


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