Call for Speakers

2020 NW Conference on Childhood Grief
Due Friday, November 15, 2019

In response to a call from local providers of children’s grief support, Safe Crossings Foundation (SCF) will be presenting the 6th Annual Northwest Conference on Childhood Grief. As the leader in funding grief support services for children in the Pacific Northwest, SCF is hosting a conference that provides continuing professional development credits while building community, sharing ideas and learning together.

This one-day conference will be held at Seattle University on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 and will focus on the theme of Connecting Children to Support. The conference is designed for support providers such as clinicians, therapists and counselors, therapists-in-training, teachers, school staff, and healthcare workers.

Symposium and Workshop-Style Session Presentations
SCF invites you to lend your expertise by participating as a full symposium or workshop session presenter. To offer CEU credits to attendees, all symposium speakers must have obtained a Master’s degree or higher. Some workshop sessions may be offered by speakers without a Master’s degree. Panels and interactive workshops are welcome – we love creativity and hands on experiences! Sessions are an hour to an hour and a half in length, so please note your preferred session length. Presentation applications are due Friday, November 15, 2020. Materials for selected presentation will be due February 19, 2020. Note: The conference registration fee will be waived for presenters.

Goals for Conference
• Provide education on best practices through the exchange of timely clinical information, programs, advances in research, and successful ideas for children’s grief support programming
• Provide practical tools and skills to use when supporting grieving children
• Create a space for sharing, connecting, and learning from each other and diverse perspectives
• Promote networking and support among colleagues

Requested Topics:
Type of Death
• Suicide
• Addiction
• Prolonged illness
• Anticipatory grief
• Sudden/other traumatic death
Building Community
• Culturally relevant programming
• Accessibility of services
• Services in community locations
• Organizational self-care
• Tools for adults/children
• How grief manifests in the body
Research and Data
• Historically marginalized populations (race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, immigrant communities, etc.)
• Programs in multiple languages
Practices for Support
• Art and play therapy
• Support when time is limited: small ways to be mindful of youth and provide support
• Support for grieving guardians
• How schools can best provide support after a student has experienced a death

2020 Northwest Conference on Childhood Grief – Presenter Application

Applications are due Friday, November 15, 2019, by email to Contact Karen with questions at 206-650-9368.

In submitting this application, you acknowledge the following: 1) agreement to meet all deadlines for materials; 2) presenters are responsible for all travel, lodging and other related expenses; 3) there is no compensation for presenting at the Conference; 3) if your presentation is selected, the information provided in this application, including your biographical information will be used in conference materials.

Address, City, State, Zip:

  1. Brief Biography; if a panel, include all presenters (to be included in materials):
  2. Presentation Title:
  3. Brief Description of Presentation (to be included in materials):
  4. Learning objectives (required for CEU credits):
  5. Literature references (required for CEU credits):
  6. Identify Audiovisual needs:
    laptop ___projector flip chart with easel ability to play DVD or CD
  7. Professional References (regarding speaking and teaching ability):
  8. Please describe your: 1) professional expertise & qualifications, 2) speaking experience, and 3) list of published work
  9. Please provide your resume.

To download a PDF copy of this Call for Speakers, CLICK HERE

To view a list of speakers as well as program materials from the 2019 conference, visit our conference page HERE

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