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Lisa presenting to peer leaders at the annual NJ Peer Leader Conference in Long Branch, NJ







Past Presentations






High Schools (NJ)

Westfield High School (each marking period last 3 years), entire staff

Chatham High School (parents K-12; AM and PM)

Mount Saint Mary's Academy ( entire staff)

Delbarton High School: (guidance, administrators and nurses)

North Plainfield High School (school nurses, guidance staff)

South Plainfield High School (guidance staff, nurses, physical education teachers)

Jonathan Dayton High School, Springfield (guidance staff, entire faculty on suicide, students 9th –12th on grief, loss and healthy ways to cope).

Glen Ridge High School (entire staff)

Hunderton County Polytech Regional HS: (students)

Westfield High School (school nurses on grief, entire staff)

Columbia High School, Maplewood (guidance dept.)

Oak Knoll School, Summit (staff on suicide and also on grief; students 7th - 10th)

Summit High School (district guidance dept.)

New Providence High School (guidance, child study team, nurses)

Middlesex High School (guidance, child study team, nurses)

Governor Livingston High School, Berkeley Heights, (guidance, child study team)

Passaic Community Technical Institute (guidance, teachers, nurses, social workers)

Seton Hall Prep, West Orange (staff and guidance)

Pequannock High School (peer leaders)

Abraham Clark High School, Roselle (students and parents)

Belleville High School (entire staff)

Union High School (entire staff)

Newark High School (social workers, teachers)

Hudson Catholic Regional High School (entire faculty regarding the school being shut down and their own personal grief) spoke to students as well.

Hunterdon County Technical School (school nurses in district)

Livingston High School (guidance staff district wide,12th graders)

Watchung Hills Regional High School (students, staff development)

Kent Place Upper School, Summit (students)

Hawthorne High School (students)

Teaneck High School (guidance, special services) (students)

James Caldwell High School (students)

The Lakeview School, Edison (entire staff in 2 two hour sessions on professional grief, as well as supporting developmentally disabled children and teens in grief, grief after the loss of a student or staff member)

Kinnelon High School (entire faculty, guidance staff, students in health classes)


Middle Schools: (NJ)

McManus Middle School, Linden (guidance dept.)

Chatham Middle School (entire student population: 900 6th, 7th and 8th graders)

Colonia Middle School,  (students)

Avenel Middle School,(students)

Iselin Middle School (students)

Woodbridge Middle School (students)

Morristown Middle School (guidance, staff, teachers)

Far Hills Country Day School, Far Hills, (entire staff)


Elementary Schools (NJ)

Washington Elementary School, Washington (staff)

Grover Cleveland Elementary School, Rahway (special education teachers, parents)

Far Hills Country Day School (entire faculty)

Jefferson Elementary School, Summit (parents, school nurses, and counselors)

Collins Elementary School, Livingston (parents and staff following a loss)

Hamilton Terrace Elementary School, Berkley Heights (staff after the loss of a staff member)

South Mountain Elementary School, Millburn (parents)

Wyoming Elementary School, Millburn (entire faculty)

Deerfield Elementary School, Millburn, (entire faculty)

Hartshorn Elementary School, Short Hills (faculty)

Elizabeth School 26 (students)

James Caldwell School, Springfield (faculty) (parents) (students)


Colleges and Universities:

Farleigh Dickenson University (graduate class presentation)

Kean University (graduate level class for student assistant counselors)

Seton Hall University (freshmen through seniors and staff in special education, undergraduate class)

Rutgers University (faculty and staff for After 3, after school program)

County College of Morris (school nurse continuing education courses on children and grief, end of life care)

Middlesex County College (Mothers Against Drunk Driving)


School Counselor Associations:

NJ School Counselors Conference : Kean University 2009 Spring Conference 9-3 program on Supporting Grieving Students

Mercer County School Counselors Program: 2/2010

Essex County School Counselors: 4/2009

Middlesex County School Counselors 1/2009

Ocean and Monmouth School Counselors Conference 4/09 and 4/10

New Jersey Counselors Association: 4/10 


School Nurse Associations

Union County School Nurse Association

Hunterdon County School Nurses Association

Warren County School Nurse Association

Middlesex County School Nurse Association

Summit district-wide school nurses

County College of Morris

Morris County School Nurses (Topics presented:"Beyond Band-aids and lesson plans: what School Nurses Need to Know about Self Injury". "Grief Across the Life Spectrum" "Bereavement in the School Aged Child")


Mothers Against Drunk Drivers

Compassionate Friends


Good Grief

PALS (Peace, A Learned Solution) A Child's View: creative arts program for children who have been impacted by domestic violence: (social workers, shelter workers)

NJ After 3

Chatham After School Program (staff who work with kids)

Westfield/Mountainside Ministerium Associates

Madison YMCA

Interweave: community learning center, presentation on grief and loss

NCJW Center for Women : presented on few different topics

Family Services of Morris County

Roselle Collaborative for Youth and Families

Rotary Clubs (Summit, Springfield, Madison, Roselle, Roselle Park)

Peace Camp, Elizabeth

Prevention Links of Union County, Clark

Catholic Charities of Perth Amboy (social workers)

New Communities in Newark: social workers

Holy Spirit Union; divorced and separated support group

Seasons: support group for divorce in Westfield

SAGE: Eldercare in Summit

Millburn Public Library open community workshop

Cable Television:

Appeared as a guest on: Let’s Communicate About Issues in the Family: West Orange, Grief Speaks: Children, Teens and Grief (September 2008)


Kean University: grad students to be SAC's 11/15/08
Seton Hall University: freshmen, education majors 11/17/08
Roselle-Roselle Park Rotary Club: members 11/20/08
Morris County Youth Shelter: staff on teen grief 11/21/08
Rainbows: group for parents going through divorce: 11/24/08 Healing through family loss
Kinnelon High School: entire faculty 12/1/08  topic: When grief comes to school
Oak Knoll School: 12/3 students:  depression and young people
Blessed Pope John XXIII parents 12/4/08  topic: children and grief, ways to help them
Blessed Pope John XXIII faculty 12/5/08  topic: children coping with the death of a teacher
Hands on Health Conference: health educators 12/08 
Hartshorn Elementary School: faculty 12/08/08
Rainbows:  Livingston parent group   12/8/08  topic: divorce and the grief of families
Essex County Student Assistant Counselors: 12/12/08
Family Services of Passaic County: Head-start Program: 12/12/08 staff training, topic: grief and children of immigration and their grief
Oak Knoll School: 12/9/08  students: topic : depression

Westfield High School: 12/17/08 faculty: topic: grief in school 



2009 Conference of NJ Association of School Counselors at Kean University: When Grief Comes to School: Effective Ways to Support Grieving Students (keynote speaker)

2009 NJAHPERD Annual Conference at Long Branch (presenter)

Annual District Wide Student Services Conference of Newark at Seton Hall University: The Newark Public Schools (08)

Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend Celebration in Summit: "Unresolved Grief and a Healing Path to a Nonviolent World." (08)

2008 Morris County ASAP Conference: "Gender Differences in Adolescents Psychosocial Development" 

Teens and Loss 2008: "Guiding Youth to Success" : Morris County Family Services

Morris County Prevention is Key: "What's Happening to Our Youth Today", Mapping the links between substance abuse and grief.

National Social Work Month at Harold Wilson School, Newark

The Roselle Collaborative for Youth and Families Health Conference 2007 & 2008: 2nd and 3rd annual Adolescent Health Conference

The Wellness Community: When a Parent Has Cancer, 2008: Strengthening the School's Response: The Impact of a Parent's Cancer on Children

Hospice Teleconference for the Hospice Foundation of America -

Living With Grief: Children and Adolescents: panelist at Overlook Hospital 2008

NJAHPERD Hands on Health Conference: Scheduled for December 8th

New Jersey Prevention Network: 7th Annual Conference: Grief and Loss (07)  Long Branch


Overlook Hospital Bioethics Committee: "Conversations on Grief",

Family Medicine Residents, Palliative Care, Pastoral Care,

Newark Beth Israel, Children's Hospital (Physicians -Grand Rounds) “What Physicians Need to Know about Grief”

St. Barnabas Hospital - Grand Rounds Pediatricians: “What Pediatricians Need to Know about Grief” (Valerie Fund, Child Life Specialists)

Trainings Sessions:

Contact We Care: Volunteer Suicide Hot-line, 3 hour training on grief and loss (5 times presenting)

Good Grief: Free year round grief support for children who have lost someone in the family through death. Trained volunteer facilitators in a 30-hour four day training. (4 times presenting)


Morris County Youth Shelter (staff grief, teen grief, as well as student’s grief underlying many of their behavioral issues)

Lyndhurst Community Conversation on Grief (called in following the tragic loss of a teenager)

Hudson Catholic Regional High School (called in when the school was announcing it was closing its' doors, grief of staff and students)

Passaic Family Services: Head-Start Program: staff training focused on immigration issues as a source of loss

Renaissance Church, Summit (grief training for Sunday school teachers)

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