Northwest Conference on Childhood Grief 2017 Full Program

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Friday, February 24th, 2017
Pacific Tower // Seattle, Washington

Proudly presented by Safe Crossings Foundation
1402 3rd Ave, Suite 1322, Seattle, WA 98101 // 206.652.4723
safecrossingsfoundation.org

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

Location

The symposium will take place at Pacific Tower in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Seattle, Washington.

Pacific Tower
1200 12th Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98144

Directions & Parking

There are multiple entrances and parking garages on the Pacific Tower grounds. Please review the directions below to help you navigate to and park at the campus (important note: do not park in the Pacific Medical Clinic Garage on the east side of campus right off of 14th – see below). Parking rates are not included in registration. Please visit http://pactower.org/directions/ for more information.

TRANSIT

Metro bus routes 36 and 60 stop right at the tower. Light Rail stops at Beacon Hill Transit Center. From there you can take Metro bus 36 northbound towards the tower.

FROM THE NORTH VIA I-5 SOUTHBOUND

Take the James Street exit (165A) and turn left on James. Continue east on James and turn right on Boren Avenue. Then turn right on 12th Avenue. Continue on 12th over the Jose Rizal Bridge to Pacific Tower. Turn right on 14th.
Stay to the right and turn right at the drive AFTER the tower. Go past the flag circle and park in the West garage. If the garage is full, or for disabled parking, continue onto 12th taking a right, and turn right into the driveway on the north side of the garage and park in the surface lot on the north side of the tower. Do not park in the Pacific Medical Clinic Garage on the east side of campus right off of 14th.

FROM THE SOUTH VIA I-5 NORTHBOUND

Take Exit 164A for I-90 E and Dearborn/James Streets. Keep left at the first fork, toward Dearborn/James, and then keep right for Dearborn. Turn right on Dearborn. Then turn left on Rainier Avenue S. Take the first left onto S. Weller Street. Turn left on 12th Avenue S. Continue on 12th over the Jose Rizal Bridge to Pacific Tower.
Turn right on 14th. Stay to the right and turn right at the drive AFTER the tower. Go past the flag circle and park in the West garage. If the garage is full, or for disabled parking, continue onto 12th taking a right, and turn right into the driveway on the north side of the garage and park in the surface lot on the north side of the tower. Do not park in the Pacific Medical Clinic Garage on the east side of campus right off of 14th.

FROM I-90 WESTBOUND

Exit at Rainier Avenue North. Continue north on Rainier Avenue (straight through the light at Dearborn). Take the first left onto S. Weller Street. Turn left on 12th Avenue S. Continue on 12th over the Jose Rizal Bridge to Pacific Tower.
Turn right on 14th. Stay to the right and turn right at the drive AFTER the tower. Go past the flag circle and park in the West garage. If the garage is full, or for disabled parking, continue onto 12th taking a right, and turn right into the driveway on the north side of the garage and park in the surface lot on the north side of the tower. Do not park in the Pacific Medical Clinic Garage on the east side of campus right off of 14th.

FROM WEST SEATTLE

Head east over the West Seattle Bridge/Spokane Street. Take ramp to Columbian Way S. toward Columbian Way/15th Ave S. (East). Turn left at the first light onto S. Spokane Street). Turn left again at next light (one small block) onto 15th Avenue South. Continue north and turn left on to S. Atlantic Street. Turn right onto 14th S.
After you pass S. Judkins on the south edge of the campus, turn left at the drive BEFORE the tower. Go past the flag circle and park in the West garage. If the garage is full, or for disabled parking, continue onto 12th taking a right, and turn right into the driveway on the north side of the garage and park in the surface lot on the north side of the tower. Do not park in the Pacific Medical Clinic Garage on the east side of campus right off of 14th.

 

Continuing Education & Clock Hours

CONTINUING EDUCATION

Continuing education credit for this event is co-sponsored by Safe Crossings Foundation and The Institute for Continuing Education. The program offers 7.50 contact hours with full attendance required. Application forms  will be available on site. There is no additional fee to receive continuing education credit. If you have questions regarding continuing education, please contact The Institute at 251.990.5030 or email instconted@aol.com.

Psychology // The Institute for Continuing Education is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Institute for Continuing Education maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Counseling // The Institute for Continuing Education and Safe Crossings Foundation are co-sponsors of this event. NBCC has approved this co-sponsorship. The Institute for Continuing Education is an NBCC approved continuing education provider, No. 5643. The Institute for Continuing Education is solely responsible for this program, including the awarding of NBCC credit.

Social Work // The Institute for Continuing Education is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), though the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. The Institute for Continuing Education maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Provider No. 1007. Licensed social workers should contact their individual state jurisdiction to review current continuing education requirements for license renewal.

Illinois Dept. Professional Regulation Provider No. 159-000606.
Ohio Counselor and Social Work Provider No. RCS 030001..

Marriage-Family Therapy // The Institute for Continuing Education is recognized as a provider of continuing education by the Ohio Board MFT, Provider RTX 100501; Texas Board  MFT, Provider 177; Florida Department Health, Division MFT, Counseling, Social Work, Provider BAP 255, expiration 03/2017.

Nursing // The Institute for Continuing Education is an approved provider of continuing education in nursing by the California Board of Nursing, Provider CEP 12646. Nurses are responsible for checking with their state board to determine if credit issued through and approved provider of the CA Board of Nursing is honored by their state board.

Skills Level // Due to the interdisciplinary nature of this event, sessions have not been ranked for skill level. Participants are urged to review the session descriptions for appropriateness for professional and personal needs.

Non-Credit Events // CE credit is not offered for registration, board meetings, meal functions, and breaks.

Note // Please bring your professional license information because it is recommended when you submit the forms. Don’t forget to turn in your CEU packet at the end of the conference. There will be a box available after the closing session.

ADA Statement // If you have special needs, please contact Marci Servizi at marci@safecrossingsfoundation.org or 206-652-4723.

CLOCK HOURS

Details // Seven clock hours have been approved for the symposium. The cost is $2.00 per clock hour.

Process // Please be prepared for the following on the day of the event:

  • Each applicant must sign-in for SPS clock hours at the beginning of the conference.
  • Pick up a Clock Hour Form and an SPS Evaluation.
  • At the end of the day, turn in the Clock Hour Form, SPS Evaluation and $14.00 ($2.00 x 7.0 clock hours) check made payable to Myrna Muto (the Career & Technical Education Guidance Specialist for Seattle Schools).
  • You will then receive a signed copy of the form for your records.If you do not have a check:
  • Turn in the Clock Hour Form and SPS Evaluation at the end of the day.
  • Send a $14.00 check through US mail or SPS inter-school mail to:
    • Myrna Muto
      Seattle Public Schools, MS 31-671
      PO Box 34165
      Seattle, WA  98124-1165
  • A signed copy of the Clock Hour Form will then be sent to your SPS school building or mailed to your home address if you are not with SPS.


Cancellation Policy

Refunds will be provided for registrations cancelled in writing and received by February 1, 2017. A cancellation penalty of $75 will apply. People substitutions can be made at any time, but will require advance written notice by February 1, 2017.

 

SCHEDULE: AT A GLANCE

Please find extended descriptions of sessions and speakers in the next section of this document following the overview.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2017

TIME EVENT TOPIC PRESENTER
7:30 – 8:00am Registration (continental breakfast to be provided)
8:00 – 8:50am Session 1 Traumatic Loss & Grief – Research & Outcomes
  • Ted Rynearson, MD, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Washington; Medical Director, Separation and Loss Services, Virginia Mason, Seattle, WA
9:00 – 10:15am Session 2 Traumatic Loss – The Continuum of Care | Panel Discussion
  • Donna Schuurman (Moderator), Ed.D, FT, Senior Director of Advocacy & Training at The Dougy Center for Grieving Children & Families
  • Jennifer Winslow, Ed.M, LMHC, Help Line Professional, Crisis Clinic
  • Pat Ellis, Chaplain, Kent Police & Fire Departments
  • Bethany Gardner, MA, Director of Bereavement Programs, The Moyer Foundation
  • Jennifer McCormick, MSW, LICSW, Clinical Director, The Healing Center
10:15 – 10:30am Break
10:30 – 11:30am Session 3 Exploring Natural Disaster Traumatic Loss
  • Megan Lucas, MSW, Counselor, Darrington Elementary School
  • Tracy Franke, ME, Principal, Darrington Elementary School
11:30am – 12:45pm Lunch
12:45 – 2:00pm Session 4 Traumatic Loss Grief Counselors | Panel Discussion
  • Donna Schuurman (Moderator), Ed.D, FT, Senior Director of Advocacy & Training at The Dougy Center for Grieving Children & Families
  • Nathaniel Hastings, MA, LMFT, MFA, Assistant Director, Pongo Poetry; Marriage & Family Therapist, Changing Stories Counseling at Puget Sound Psychotherapy
  • Cynthia Robson, MSW, LICSW, Grief Counselor, Providence Hospice
  • Jennifer McCormick, MSW, LICSW, Clinical Director, The Healing Center
2:00 – 3:00pm Session 5 Exploring Mass Shooting Traumatic Loss
  • Hannah Herkert, MA, LMHCA, Grief Counselor, Pediatric Bereavement Specialist
  • Jennifer McCormick, MSW, LICSW, Clinical Director, The Healing Center
3:00 – 3:15pm Break
3:15 – 4:15pm Session 6 Exploring Suicide Traumatic Loss
  • Kristin Mitchell, MA, Middle School and Crisis Counselor, Tacoma Public School District
  • Miguel Villahermosa, ME, Supervisor, Crisis Response Team, Tacoma Public School District
4:15 – 5:15pm Session 7 Hands-On Art Therapy for Traumatic Loss & Grief Healing
  • Louine Verneuil, MSW, LICSW, Trainer, Art with Heart
5:15 – 6:30pm Reception


SYMPOSIUM SESSIONS & PRESENTER DETAILS

Session 1     8:00am – 8:50am
Traumatic Loss & Grief – Research & Outcomes

Description // To help children, teens and families who have been impacted by trauma and death, we must understand their needs and have a solid theoretical foundation for effective response and treatment methodologies. This opening session will discuss key concepts and models related to traumatic grief, and how they inform our responses, as well as core elements from research and practice-based evidence.

Learning Objectives // This session achieves the following:

  1. Identify current issues related to childhood traumatic grief and how to talk about it with kids.
  2. Apply current research findings to their own practices of traumatic bereavement support.
  3. Examine current research findings related to childhood traumatic bereavement support.

Presenter // The presenter for this session is:

  • Ted Rynearson, MD, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Washington; Medical Director, Separation and Loss Services, Virginia Mason, Seattle, WA

Session 2     9:00am – 10:15am
Traumatic Loss – The Continuum of Care Panel Discussion

Description // This panel includes members of the Continuum of Care: First Responder – Help Line Professional – Chaplain – Grief Support Provider. How does each best support a child through transitions? What does each person in the continuum do? What do the other members of the support team need to know about supporting the child and family?

Learning Objectives // This session achieves the following:

  1. Identify the core needs of children, teens and families coping with the death of a friend or family member and how those needs may be influenced by the type of death.
  2. Identify the core and key elements that should be part of any program, service or outreach to families impacted by traumatic loss.
  3. Describe the incorporation of key competencies when interacting with supporting agencies as needed.
  4. Examine how community response to traumatic loss for underserved communities in the Seattle area may be improved and what role the professional and/or organizations may play.

Presenters // The panelists for this session are:

  • Donna Schuurman (Moderator), Ed.D, FT, Senior Director of Advocacy & Training at The Dougy Center for Grieving Children & Families
  • Jennifer Winslow, Ed.M, LMHC, Help Line Professional, Crisis Clinic
  • Pat Ellis, Chaplain, Kent Police & Fire Departments
  • Bethany Gardner, MA, Grief Support Provider, Director of Bereavement Programs, The Moyer Foundation
  • Jennifer McCormick, MSW, LICSW, Clinical Director, The Healing Center

BREAK     10:15am – 10:30am

Session 3     10:30am – 11:30am
Exploring Natural Disaster Traumatic Loss

Description // A school counselor discusses traumatic grief caused by natural disaster death, including the types of care, therapies or interventions that worked well in her community, as well as what she would like to see done differently.

Learning Objectives // This session achieves the following:

  1. Identify the core needs of children, teens and families coping with the death of a friend or family member by a natural disaster.
  2. Appraise what core and key elements should be part of any program, service or outreach to families impacted by natural disaster traumatic loss.
  3. Identify competencies for interacting with families who are dealing with a natural disaster type of traumatic loss and change their practices accordingly.
  4. Examine how community response to traumatic loss for underserved communities in the Seattle area may be improved and what role the professional and/or organizations may play..

Presenters // The presenters for this session are:

  • Megan Lucas, MSW, Counselor, Darrington Elementary School
  • Tracy Franke, ME, Principal, Darrington Elementary School

LUNCH      11:30am – 12:45pm

Session 4     12:45pm – 2:00pm
Traumatic Loss Grief Counselors Panel Discussion

Description // This panel includes counselors who have experience in grief support around suicide, natural disaster, and mass shooting. They will discuss what those types of grief do and do not have in common, as well as which nuances in therapy are most effective for which types of loss.

Learning Objectives // This session achieves the following:

  1. Explore the importance of incorporating trauma interventions with grief therapy.
  2. Identify strategies for working with children/teens who have experienced traumatic loss as a result of natural disaster, mass shooting, or suicide.
  3. Examine the community response to traumatic loss for underserved communities in the Seattle area and identify areas for improvement.

Presenters // The panelists for this session are:

  • Donna Schuurman (Moderator), Ed.D, FT, Senior Director of Advocacy & Training at The Dougy Center for Grieving Children & Families
  • Nathaniel Hastings, MA, LMFT, MFA, Assistant Director, Pongo Poetry; Marriage & Family Therapist, Changing Stories Counseling at Puget Sound Psychotherapy
  • Cynthia Robson, MSW, LICSW, Grief Counselor, Providence Hospice
  • Jennifer McCormick, MSW, LICSW, Clinical Director, The Healing Center

Session 5     2:00pm – 3:00pm
Exploring Mass Shooting Traumatic Loss

Description // Grief counselor discusses grief caused by mass shooting death; the types of care, therapies or interventions that worked well in her practice; and what she would do differently in the future.

Learning Objectives // This session achieves the following:

  1. Identify the core needs of children, teens and families coping with the death of a friend or family member by a mass shooting.
  2. Appraise what core and key elements should be part of any program, service or outreach to families impacted by a mass shooting traumatic loss.
  3. Identify the appropriate intervention strategies when interacting with families who are dealing with a mass shooting type of traumatic loss, and change their practices accordingly.
  4. Examine how community response to traumatic loss for underserved communities in the Seattle area may be improved and what role the professional and/or organizations may play.

Presenter // The presenter for this session is:

  • Hannah Herkert, MA, LMHCA, Grief Counselor, Pediatric Bereavement Specialist
  • Jennifer McCormick, MSW, LICSW, Clinical Director, The Healing Center

BREAK     3:00pm – 3:15pm

Session 6     3:15pm – 4:15pm
Exploring Suicide Traumatic Loss

Description // Grief counselor discusses grief caused by a suicide death; the types of care, therapies or interventions that worked well in her practice; and what she would do differently in the future.

Learning Objectives // This session achieves the following:

  1. Identify the core needs of children, teens and families coping with the death of a friend or family member by suicide.
  2. Appraise what core and key elements should be part of any program, service or outreach to families impacted by suicide traumatic loss.
  3. Identify strategies to successfully interact with families and individuals who are dealing with suicide loss.
  4. Examine how community response to traumatic loss for underserved communities in the Seattle area may be improved and what role the professional and/or organizations may play.

Presenter // The presenter for this session is:

  • Kristin Mitchell, MA, Middle School and Crisis Counselor, Tacoma Public School District
  • Miguel Villahermosa, ME, Supervisor, Crisis Response Team, Tacoma Public School District

Session 7     4:15pm – 5:15pm
Hands-On Art Therapy for Traumatic Loss & Grief Healing

Description // Art with Heart staff will introduce basic concepts of using creativity with grief. A hands-on art activity to practice reflection, self-care, and healing will be done utilizing writing prompts, drawing and found poetry. The hands-on portion of the presentation can be easily replicated with youth.

Learning Objectives // This session achieves the following:

  1. Explain how the use of expressive arts can help youth and others suffering from traumatic grief to express feelings that might not otherwise be readily available.
  2. Participate in a hands-on creative expression activity that examines identity, confidence and self-esteem, and increases awareness of mind/body perspectives.
  3. Examine the practice of self-care through creative expression.

Presenters // The presenters for this session are:

  • Louine Verneuil, MSW, LICSW, Trainer, Art with Heart

RECEPTION     5:15pm – 6:30pm

 

CONFERENCE SPONSORS & PARTNERS

Sponsors

An enormous thank you to our generous sponsors, without whom this conference would not have been possible!


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Partners

Safe Crossings Foundation is also grateful for our partners in planning this important event. Huge thanks to the ever-helpful Conference Planning Committee members and organizations.

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Thank you to all for being a part of our caring community!