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Supporting Grieving Students during COVID-19 and Beyond presented by Lauren Raney, LCPC, ATR, with Willow House, on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm. 

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FREE: 1.5 CEUs for LSW/LCSW, LPC/LCPC, Psychologists (CPDUs included)

Summary: In this presentation, we will discuss best practices when it comes to a grieving child or student. We will take a look at the developmental stages of grief and how we, as clinicians or school staff, can be of comfort and support during a student’s grief journey. A few experientials will take place during the presentation, please have a pen/marker and paper handy.

Objectives:
●Understand the developmental stages of grief
●Learn about Secondary Losses related to death and nondeath loss
●Learn best practices to support grieving students
●Discover grief-related activities to do in the classroom or share with families to do at home

Presenter: Lauren Raney, LCPC, ATR

Lauren started at Willow House in December of 2019 as the Program Director and the Clinical Site Coordinator at our Libertyville Group and Expressive Arts Group. Lauren was drawn to the grief and bereavement community due to her own personal loss and her passion for helping others through a difficult time.

Lauren has her Master’s Degree in Counseling and Art Therapy from Adler University and her Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Arts/Painting from Illinois State University. She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Registered Art Therapist. Lauren has previous experience working as the Children’s Grief Coordinator and Bereavement Counselor at JourneyCare where she facilitated grief support groups and a bereavement camp for children and families. She has also spent time as an Art Therapist at Chicago Children’s Center for Behavioral Health working with children and teens who have experienced trauma, grief, and mental health issues. When words aren’t enough, Lauren enjoys using the creative process with families and children to help them honor and remember their loved ones while coping and processing their loss. In her free time, she enjoys painting, dancing, yoga, and being out in nature!

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