Bright Nights Community Forum: Grief in Children and Adolescents

This event was held on November 9, 2010 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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The loss of a loved one is a very unfortunate yet common experience for many children and adolescents. Research suggests that children and adolescents who experience traumatic grief in childhood and do not receive adequate support may experience a wide range of longer-term problems as adults. The good news is that effective treatment options for traumatic grief are available.

To provide greater understanding about the different types of grief reactions and how to recognize when a grieving child may need additional support, Julie Kaplow, PhD, Assistant Professor, UM Dept. of Psychiatry and Depression Center, will present an overview of the latest research on traumatic grief in children and adolescents, including effective treatments. This will be followed by a specialist panel discussion with experts including Polly Gipson, PhD, Post-doctoral Fellow in Clinical Child Psychology in the U-M Dept. of Psychiatry; Sally Dunning, LMSW, a private practice clinician in Ann Arbor; and Susan West, MSW, Board Member, Ele's Place-Ann Arbor.

Dr. Kaplow is the author of "Samantha Jane's Missing Smile," a children's book about grief. Books will be for sale at the event

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