Webinar on ‘Grieving Children and Adolescents: The Role of Internet Support’

Dealing with death on the Internet

Dealing with death on the Internet

Nationally-known expert Kenneth Doka, Senior Bereavement Consultant to Hospice Foundation of America (HFA), will host a discussion focusing on the role that the Internet plays in the lives of grieving young people and the implications for clinicians during HFA’s live online webinar on Tuesday, June 15 from 1pm — 2:30pm EDT. Dr. Doka will be joined by Dr. Carla Sofka, Associate Professor of Social Work at Siena College in New York, and Pamela Gabbay, Program Director of The Mourning Star Center for Grieving Children in Palm Desert, California.

“For young people, the Internet is an essential source of communication and information,” says Dr. Doka. “So it is natural they would turn to the Internet when they grieve.”

Participants will learn both the advantages and disadvantages of utilizing the Internet in grief and learn strategies for opening a dialog with children and adolescents about the ways the use the Internet as they mourn. The clinical implications of research of Internet use for intervention with children and adolescents and their families will be examined, describing the possibilities and limitations for adults or organizations to offer support in a monitored, safe way.

“It is essential that counselors, clergy, social workers, child life specialists, educators, guidance counselors, funeral director, and parents understand what Dr. Sofka has defined as “thanatechnology” — the use of technology in death and grief-related issues,” says Amy Tucci, President and CEO of HFA. “This webinar offers an excellent opportunity to learn more about both the research and the practical use of these resources with grieving young people.”

The Organization Registration Fee is $100, which allows access to both the live webcast and an archived online program for one year past the live webinar, with unlimited CEs (1.5 hours) available for a wide range of professions. Individuals may register for the live webinar for $35 and 1.5 hours of CE credit is included for the registered individual. This webinar is part of a three-part series sponsored by the Moyer Foundation; a Registration Fee of $250 allows unlimited access and CEs for one year to all three webinars in the series. To learn more about this exciting educational offering, contact HFA at 800-854-3402 or go to http://www.hospicefoundation.org/education/webinars.

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