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Lisa delivering a Keynote at Kean University
What School Counselors Need to Know about Grief

Delivering a Keynote in VanCouver, WA
Grief and Addiction

Workshops are tailored for your specific needs and audience.

Call Lisa (973) 985-4503 to discuss her doing a presentation or assembly program for your school, business, conference, or organization. Listed are some of the topics that Lisa presents on:   

Programs for Schools

  • How Schools Can Support, Nurture Resilience and Grow Healthy Connections with Students Who Have Been Affected by Trauma at Home, School or Community
  • Creating a Positive School Climate of Acceptance: Tools and Strategies and Resources to Create a Safe Space for Learning
  • What Teens Need to Know about Healthy Coping with Grief, Transitions & Mental Health Issues 
  • Suicide Prevention: Warning Signs, Interventions, Resources, Building a Safer and Connected School Climate for All, Connecting Students to Safe Adults, How to Intervene if a Friend Talks About Suicide,  
  • LBGTQ Inclusive Schools: The importance of GSA's (Gay-Straight Alliances), Supportive Educators, LGBT Inclusive Curricula, and Comprehensive Anti-Bullying Policies  
  • When Parents Leave Children Behind: Death, Divorce, Abandonment, Incarceration, Deployment: How to Help these Children Succeed
  • Grief, Loss and Helpful Ways to Cope: Program for School Staff to support  the pre-schooler, elementary aged student, middle schooler and high schooler
Helping Children and Teens Through Grief:
  • Teens, Grief and Technology: The Influence of Technology on the Way Kids Grieve (Instagram, Facebook memorials, Vines, texting, Play lists, YouTube) 
  • What 21st Century School Professionals Need to Know about Grieving Students  (2-3 hour interactive professional development workshop)
  • Listening to a Grieving Student (When they want to talk or when they don't want to talk about it).
  • Helping Schools Support LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) Children and Teens (School staff in-service program)
  • Helping Families Support LGBT their Children and Teens (Parent program)
  • When a Peer or Classmate Dies (helping student cope with a loss) (K-12)
  • When a Parent at School is Dying: Parent program for answering hard questions children have and ways to support resilience and healing (K-12)
  • Suicide Prevention Programs for Schools

Bereavement in the School-aged Child:

  • How Can I Help?: When someone we care about is grieving (child, teenager or adult)
  • When children's parents are incarcerated or absent from the child's life
  • School Staff Grief: How to teach and work with children when the helping adults are grieving
  • The Spectrum and Loss: Teachers Helping Children with Special Needs Grieve
  • When a Classmate Dies: Helping Students to Grieve, mourn and remember their young classmate
  • When a Teacher or Staff Member Dies 
  • When A Parent Has Cancer or Other Illness: Supporting their Grieving Children in School
  • When Parents Die: supporting staff and students
  • What Teachers and School Personnel Need to Know about Grief: Self Care while caring for the school community
  • The Special Needs of Grieving Children with Special Needs: How to help these students succeed 

Programs for Parents, PTO's and PTA's:

What Parents and Caregivers Need to Know about Children, Teens and Grief:

  • Raising Resilient Children and Teens in Difficult Times
  • Safeguarding Our Children While Building Success and Nurturing Resiliency
  • Helping Teens Cope after a Death of a Loved One, Friend or Other Important Person 
  • When A Parent Has Cancer or Other Illness: Supporting their Grieving Children in School
  • When Parents Die: supporting staff and students
  • **New** When Parents Leave Children Behind: Death, Divorce, Abandonment, Incarceration, Deployment  :How to Help these Children Succeed

What Teachers and School Personnel Need to Know about Grief:

  • The Special Needs of Grieving Children with Special Needs: How to help these students succeed
  • Grief, Bullying and Cyberbullying: The impact on schools, families and students and communities
  • Grief and Addictions: The Dangers of Unacknowledged and Unexpressed Grief
  • Grieving in our 'Get over it Society'
  • Divorce, Children and Grief: Helping Children Succeed when their World is Split in Half

 What College Faculty Need to Know about Grief: 

  • When a Student's Loved One Has Died: presentation for classroom, parents and guardians and staff.
  • Suicide Prevention on the College Campus: Prevention, Intervention and Postvention
  • Teens and Suicide (staff, parents, students)

Presentations and Assembly Programs for Students

  • Coping with Grief, Loss and Other Tough Stuff  (presented to pre-K through 12th grade as well as at colleges and universities)   Can be a classroom presentation, entire grade or school assembly
  • Children Coping with Transitions and Change
  • Grief Stinks When You Are a Teen: How Teens Cope with Loss, Grief and Transition
  • Substance Abuse, Alcohol, Cutting and other Dangerous Behaviors Won't Make Grief Go Away!
  • When a Friend Dies: Teens Coping with the Death of a Friend or Peer
  • Moving on to Middle School: Coping with Changes, Peer Issues, and More Responsibility
  • Graduation and Transitions: What's Next and How to Cope in Healthy Ways with Changes
  • College Bound Seniors: What They Need to Know about Coping, Building a Support Network and Finding and Identifying Resources for a Healthy, Happy and Successful College Career 

Programs for Hospital Professionals

What Physicians Need to Know about Grief

  • What Physicians and Nurses Need to Know about Grief, Families and the Use of Technology in Supporting them through grief: (caringbridge.org, facebook, video chatting, resources,etc) 
What Nurses Need to Know about Grief (the children, families and co-workers)
  • Beyond Band-aids and Lesson Plans: What School Nurses and Educators Need to Know about Cutting and other Self Injury
  • Grief and the Developmentally Disabled 
  • Grief of the Caregiver
  • Grief at Work: Healing in the Workplace :Giving Permission to Professionals to Grieve
  • Grief Across the Life Spectrum 

Police, Fire Departments, EMS Workers

  • Police, Fire and First Aid Squads: Working with Grief : professional grief, grief of all involved at the scene, and dealing with personal grief.
  • What Teenagers Should Know about Grief, Loss and Healing

Parents of Hospitalized Children

  • What Happened? Coping with a Child's Hospitalization, illness, siblings, work and everything else
  • Grief of Siblings When a Child is Ill
  • Sharing Our Grief Together: Group that provides a supportive and safe place for parents and caregivers to talk about struggles, grief, experiences, hope and resilience, that meets in the hospital for parents coping with an ill child.

Lisa Athan Speaking at Overlook Hospital, 8/09
What Pediatricians Should Know about Grief

(973) 985-4503