We are thrilled to announce that Deborah Rivlin, an acknowledged thirty-year expert in the field of child bereavement, has joined The Children’s Room as Director of Education and Training. Deborah previously spent twenty years with the Good Grief program of Boston Medical Center. Deborah developed the program The CIRCLE, providing support groups to families. One of her CIRCLE programs supported families who lost someone on 9/11/2001. Deborah also serves as an adjunct professor with the National Center for Death Education at Mount Ida College. Deborah’s expertise is providing workshops and trainings for adults who work with children and teens. Her trainings provide parents, teachers, counselors and youth workers with the tools, language and strategies needed to deal with stressful and difficult times. The goal of the trainings is to bridge the understanding between adults and the youth in their lives. “When adults have the tools, language and strategies they need to communicate with the children and teens in their lives, everyone is better able to withstand challenge,” says Deborah. “No one can prevent stressful and painful things from happening to the children and teens in their lives, but they can develop the tools and skills to foster resiliency. These life skills are important for all children and teens to develop.”
Grief is a term we often associate with the loss of a relationship through death yet the loss in our lives and those of the children and families with whom we work often extends beyond bereavement. David Luterman is a pioneer in working with children and families who have been impacted by loss related to deafness, disability and communication disorders . He has dedicated his career to developing a greater understanding of the psychological effects and emotions associated with hearing impairment and the caregiver role and has lectured and taught widely on ways that all caregivers can provide empathy, understanding and encouragement. Space is limited to please RSVP to Colleen Shannon at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, January 16, 2009 to reserve your spot! Thanks to volunteer facilitator Sairey Luterman (David’s daughter in-law), Dr. Luterman is offering a special in-service to Children’s Room volunteers on Saturday January 31, 2009 from 9:00am to 12:00 noon. Keep reading for more information about Dr. David Luterman and his work. […]
Halloween is behind us and Thanksgiving is just around the corner. For grieving children, teens and families - or anyone grieving a loss - these are difficult times. Whether your loss was recent or several years ago, each holiday season presents new challenges. The Children's Room has several resources that may help during this time. Parenting Through Grief Workshop Sunday, November 9, 2008 from 4 pm to 5:30 pm at The Children's Room Arlington location Join us for a parent to parent workshop where alumni parents will share their strategies and ideas for ways to cope with these challenging times. Admission is free. We have a summary of key ideas that you can download in a PDF. This is the first of four parent to parent workshops this program year. Mark your calendars now to join us. We are honored to have the support and commitment of alumni parents to provide this valuable resources to the community. Key things to remember: 1) The anticipation of the event is almost always worse than the actual day. 2) Take care of yourself - make it a priority. Don't think about what you "should" do. 3) There are many, many people who want to help you. Helping you makes them feel better, too. Have ideas to share? Please post a comment here.
Our Communications Director Anne Favaloro shares her family’s personal story with the Medford Boat Club to express her gratitude for their sponsorship, which made our event so meaningful for them. We have reproduced it here with her permission. […]
In-Service for Program Volunteers – Mending Broken Hearts: Using Expressive Therapies & Creative Strategies with Youth & Adults
Counselors and educators can never have too many hands-on, how-to techniques and strategies to respond to the needs of grieving children, teens and adults. Join us on Saturday, September 13, 2008 from 10am-2pm and learn new ways to utilize expressive arts therapies that encourage healthy coping strategies and enable youth and adults to not only to survive, but thrive. This workshop will link life crises with a variety of multi-cultural, multi-sensory, and imaginative approaches, and demonstrate healing for children, adolescents, and adults. Current program volunteers who are interested in attending this in-service must RSVP by Monday August 25, 2008. Space is limited so contact Colleen Shannon at email@example.com to reserve your spot today! […]
Multicultural Perspectives on Death & Grief: A Conference for Caregivers, Researchers, & Educators presented by The National Center for Death Education, Mt. Ida College The Hospice & Palliative Care Federation of MA The New England AIDS Education Training Center MGH Institute of Health Professions Friday, September 19, 2008, 8 am to 5 pm University of Massachusetts Boston – Campus Center Loss is a universal human experience. Yet the experiences of death, dying and bereavement are profoundly influenced by the culture in which they occur. IWG is an international organization of scholars, researchers, and clinicians in thanatology. Children’s Room Board of Directors member, Phyllis Silverman is a member of the International Working Group, and we are pleased to let everyone know about this great opportunity. […]
In 2008 Tufts Health Plan launched the Tufts Health Plan Foundation. The Foundation's mission is to promote healthy lifestyles and the delivery of quality health care in our communities. The Children's Room is pleased to be one of the first grant recipients of this newly formed foundation. The Foundation is supporting our efforts to bring our knowledge about grieving children, teens and families directly to communities. Specifically, we will be expanding our training and workshop programs to reach teachers, youth workers, administrator, social workers and counselors in communities in Massachusetts such as Boston, Merrimack Valley, New Bedford, Springfield and others.
Barbara Clarke, our executive director attended the National Alliance for Grieving Children's 12th Annual Symposium in Houston, Texas. Almost 300 practitioners from the US and Canada attended these three days of workshops and key note speakers. Some of the highlights included: Interesting keynote from William Worden who, along with The Children's Room's own Phyllis Silverman, did groundbreaking research on grieving children and families in the famous Harvard University study. Workshop by Boston's own Moon Balloon team presented their workshop that integrates their art therapy and storytelling. A fascinating workshop on perinatal loss that presented extensive research on the impact on young children when their family suffers an infant death, miscarriage, still birth or other perinatal loss. This was presented by Joann O'Leary from Minnesota. The Dougy Center presented their work on a new survey tool they are developing in conjunction with several field experts and universities. This tool may have broader application to other centers, like The Children's Room. Of course, Bo's Place from Houston, Texas was a generous host and sponsor and all the conference attendees were invited to tour their expansive site and enjoy their hospitality. Bo's Place is one of the largest grieve centers for children and teens in the country, and their 14,000 square foot facility was impressive. Materials related to the Symposium will be made available to volunteers, staff and families. Contact us for specific information. We hope to raise enough funding to send more staff to the Symposium next year which will be held in Los Angeles.
Join RESOLVE for an evening of creativity and healing. Presenter Laura Seftel will speak about creative expression as a response to pregnancy loss, failed fertility treatments, and stillbirth — that both validates and heals the “underground grief ” of these losses. This workshop will feature a slide presentation of works from the Secret Club Project, an award-winning group of images by 45 different artists. Learn how these artists depicted emotional experiences that are difficult to put into words in a way that helped them move toward healing of their grief. Laura Seftel, Founding Director of the project, is a licensed mental health counselor and certified art therapist. She recently authored a book inspired by the Secret Club, titled Grief Unseen: Healing Pregnancy Loss Through the Arts. […]