Talking to children about loss and death can be difficult. The topic is often an uncomfortable one for adults. The discomfort can be magnified when discussing the topic with children, as parents want to protect their children from pain. During this program, Nicklaus Children’s bereavement social worker will discuss a wide range of concerns: What do you say to a child about a death? Do you say something different if the loss is a sibling or a parent? How should you approach a child about death and loss?
Attendees will learn that qualities like reliability, consistency, warmth, and openness are far more beneficial to the child’s well- being than having the perfect words and correct answers. Part of the challenge is understanding grief and the stages of grief as well as being comfortable with it yourself. The talk will include information on the grieving process and how different cultures deal with loss.
About the Speaker
Tania Paredes, PhD, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker with almost 20 years of clinical experience. She received both her master’s and doctorate degrees from Barry University. Dr. Paredes has worked as the bereavement social worker for almost two years and brings with her a wealth of clinical experience in loss and grief. Tania is trained in trauma-based disorders, grief and loss, child sexual/physical and emotional abuse and disaster preparedness as well as critical incident debriefing. She approaches issues directly through the use of several modalities, including carefully assigned tasks, enforcing reality and personal responsibility as well as a multidisciplinary approach to anxiety, depression and focuses on strengths and solutions. Currently Dr. Paredes conducts individual and group therapy for families who have suffered a loss at the hospital and runs the bereavement program.
Cost: Free with registration.
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