Schools are where our children learn and play throughout their growing lives. They are the shared community where 90% of the population will grieve a loss before graduating. Research indicates that schools and peer groups are two of the dominant environments where risk factors for children emerge after loss. Children in grades K-12 need a safe and natural environment to build resilience, and schools are that critical space for ensuring a child's emotional, physical, and mental health.
A COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH
Our school-based program takes a comprehensive approach to help children build resilience to overcome loss and adversity in their lives. Our research-informed model consists of four programs developed specifically to create a healthy and supportive environment for students, educators, and parents.
• Grief Support Groups
• Routes to Resilience Learning Program
• Professional Development
• Parent Education
This is by far the best professional development that I have been to. The materials and subject were presented with such kindness and clarity. It was a privilege to take this workshop!
— School Counselor
Good Grief Groups
Good Grief Groups is for K-12th grade students experiencing the death of an important person in their life. The program consists of one-hour small group sessions for up to 12 students who will meet once per week over a 9-week period. Good Grief provides school-based faculty and staff with training, coaching, and supervision to deliver the program in their facilities.
This social and emotional learning curriculum is for K-12th grade students. The program draws heavily on research around the social and emotional skills that allow children and teenagers to thrive through adversity and loss. Routes to Resilience is prevention-based and consists of a five-week program focused on teaching students resilience, coping skills, empathy, emotional intelligence, and other adaptive life skills. Good Grief equips educators with training, coaching, and support including detailed lesson plans, activities, and materials to measure the impact of the program.
ROUTES TO RESILIENCE HELPS TO FULFILL NJ STATE LEARNING STANDARDS
Good Grief offers a variety of resources on our website for parents, professionals, or concerned family and friends to learn more about grief and loss. Our tip sheets, books, videos, and partner resources represent a comprehensive online database of some of the most current resources available.
Routes to Resilience not only helped our district fill a gap in our curriculum around social-emotional learning topics, but the interactive nature of the lessons allowed our teachers and principals to connect with students on a deeper level. The high level of student engagement and heartfelt participation by our teachers was incredible!
— Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction, Morris School District
Professional Development provides education on how to create grief-informed classrooms that are responsive to loss and adversity. Our educational workshops equip professionals with the best practices that create a more empathic and supportive school environment.
This program provides parents and caregivers with education and practical strategies to help children adapt to loss and adversity. Through participation in education nights, parents, and caregivers learn that they are the most important factor in creating positive long-term health and educational outcomes for children.
Contact us to learn more about how we can help you to create a more supportive environment for grieving children and families.
609-498-6674 x 8013