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Bereavement Support Group Program for Children : Leader Manual and Participant Workbook - Beth Haasl

Bereavement Support Group Program for Children

Leader Manual and Participant Workbook

Paperback Published: 3rd November 1999
ISBN: 9781560328742
Number Of Pages: 100

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Derived from years of actual experience in conducting support groups with grieving children, this unique program offers direct advice and tools for creating and conducting your own bereavement support group for children. The Leader Manual gives step-by-step instructions for establishing the support group, along with activities for each individual session. For use with ages 5 through 15, it discusses the rationale and objectives behind bereavement programs, explains common grief reactions of children, and provides several techniques and skills that are particularly effective in grief counseling. The accompanying Participant Workbook contains worksheets for daily activities, and thus allows participants to see the program content in written form, while increasing communication with parents or guardians through the exchange of personal and emotional information. For use with children ages 5 through 15, the workbook fosters participant interaction with its series of activity specific worksheets, which require written comments and drawings.The six-step program is designed for children between the ages of 5 and 15, and contains sections devoted to death and grief, feelings and self-esteem, expression of grief, memories, funerals, and healing and coping skills. The new edition includes an expanded number of sessions to accommodate the need for a lengthier healing process. It also features a new session entitled "Expression of Grief", which encourages participants to communicate their feelings, and which reassures bereaved children that they are not isolated in their experiences and feelings. New and revised activities appear throughout the leader manual, including "Death ExperienceDiscussion", "Picture of Life/Death", "Feelings Bingo", "Funeral Story", and "Telling about Your Death Experience". The participant workbook includes an updated and expanded bibliography section in each session.

List of Figuresp. ix
Forewordp. x
Prefacep. xi
Structurep. 3
Introductionp. 5
Rationalep. 6
Objectivesp. 7
Establishing the Groupp. 8
Recruitmentp. 8
Compositionp. 11
Sizep. 11
Agep. 11
Circumstances of the Deathp. 13
Special Needsp. 14
Registrationp. 15
Parent/Guardian Cooperationp. 15
Facilitiesp. 19
Location/Spacep. 19
Equipmentp. 20
Leaders/Facilitatorsp. 22
Responsibilitiesp. 22
Number of Facilitatorsp. 22
Determination of Responsibilitiesp. 22
Preparationp. 23
Role Modelp. 23
Personal Characteristicsp. 23
Comfort With and Interest in Childrenp. 23
Comfort With and Knowledge of the Grief Processp. 24
Empathy, Sensitivity, and Warmthp. 24
Nonjudgmental Attitudep. 24
Flexibilityp. 24
Time Commitmentp. 25
Children's Grief Reactions and Caregiver Techniquesp. 26
Shock, Denial, and Numbnessp. 26
Indifferencep. 27
Physiological Changesp. 27
Angerp. 28
Regressionp. 28
Acting Like an Adultp. 29
Disorganization and Panicp. 30
Explosive Emotionsp. 30
Acting Outp. 31
Fearp. 32
Guilt and Self-Blamep. 32
Reliefp. 33
Loss, Emptiness, and Sadnessp. 33
Integrationp. 34
Skills Effective in Grief Counselingp. 35
Creating an Atmosphere of Acceptancep. 35
Attending and Listening Skillsp. 36
Modelingp. 36
Understandingp. 37
Aiding the Children in Experiencing Griefp. 37
Session Outlines for Basic Programp. 39
Introduction and Discussion of Death/Griefp. 41
Purposesp. 41
Materials Neededp. 41
Activitiesp. 41
Introduction to Group Sessionsp. 41
Warm-up Activityp. 42
Sharing Death Experiencep. 43
Death Experience Discussionp. 43
Picture of Life/Deathp. 44
Snackp. 44
Feelings/Self Esteemp. 48
Purposesp. 48
Materials Neededp. 48
Activitiesp. 48
Warm-up Activityp. 48
Listing Feelingsp. 49
Feelings Bingop. 50
Feeling Picturep. 50
Paper Plate Activityp. 50
Guilty Feelingsp. 51
Snackp. 51
Expression of Griefp. 52
Purposesp. 52
Materialsp. 52
Activitiesp. 52
Picture of Family Griefp. 52
Grief letterp. 53
Memory Gamep. 53
Snackp. 56
Assignment for Next Sessionp. 56
Memoriesp. 57
Purposesp. 57
Materials Neededp. 57
Activitiesp. 57
Warm-up Activityp. 57
Memory Sharingp. 57
Memory Journalp. 58
Memory Collagep. 58
Special Memoryp. 58
Snackp. 58
Funeral Processp. 59
Purposesp. 59
Materials Neededp. 59
Activitiesp. 59
Picture of the Funeralp. 50
Explaining Funeral Processp. 61
Felt Storyboardp. 61
Funeral Storyp. 61
Funeral Memoryp. 61
Snackp. 61
Coping With Grief/Wrap-Upp. 62
Purposesp. 62
Materials Neededp. 62
Activitiesp. 62
Puppet Activitiesp. 62
Constructive Ways to Deal With Griefp. 64
Lettersp. 64
Family Changesp. 65
Wrap-up with Participantsp. 65
Wrap-up with Parentsp. 65
Snackp. 65
Remembrancep. 65
Holiday Sessionp. 71
Supplemental Activitiesp. 75
Memory Mural Activityp. 77
Remembering Activityp. 79
Sad and/or Happy Feelings Activityp. 81
Story Telling Activityp. 83
Relating the Death Experiencep. 85
Bibliographyp. 86
About the Authorsp. 90
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ISBN: 9781560328742
ISBN-10: 1560328746
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 100
Published: 3rd November 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 0.64
Weight (kg): 0.18
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: New edition

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