Students and Staff
Grief Education for Schools
The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) identified grief education as their number one training need. According to the AFT 89 percent of teachers believe there should be a greater focus on training educators to support grieving students, yet only 7 percent reported receiving any training on grief and loss in children.
Students grieving any type of loss are less able to learn and do well academically and need the support and care of the school community. Grief can have a serious impact on learning for school-age children and can manifest itself in decreased academic performance, social withdrawal, and behavioral problems. Imagine is here to help.
We offer programs for all school staff and students including:
Fostering Resilience in School Classrooms Workshop
We will train your school staff to recognize and respond to student’s grief in the classroom. This presentation offers hands-on strategies so your school can become a “Good Mourning School”™ community: a safe place where grieving students are supported and can grow and thrive over time after a loss. Students whose loss is acknowledged and supported do better academically, psychologically and emotionally.
#Here4U is a unique school-based component of our overall Education and Training Programs. A three-pronged educational program for New Jersey middle and high school students and their teachers and parents, its purpose is to normalize loss and grief and help youth develop healthy coping skills and grow in their resiliency.
Within the schools Imagine partners with the following three audiences:
- Student Mentors – The counseling or guidance staff at each school identifies students who have experienced loss, invites them to become Student Mentors and has these students undergo strategic training by Imagine Clinical Training Director, Connie Palmer, LCSW. The interactive and experiential training includes teaching active listening skills, education about grief and loss and an opportunity to share their story of loss.
- Teachers and School Administrators and Staff - a special session offers professional development credits for teachers, administrators and schools staff in a presentation that provides information about grief and loss as well as specific strategies on how to support grieving students.
- Parents - a parent education component on the subject of Fostering Resilience in Children provides education for parents about grief and loss and how they can help their child learn the skills needed to cope with any type of loss.
The primary goal of our #Here4U program is to normalize grief so students who experience a loss will feel comfortable reaching out and receiving support from their teachers and peers and to foster resiliency and emotional well-being for all grieving students regardless of the type of loss. The program creates a “Good Mourning School”™ community: as students, teachers, and parents learn about grief and loss, they are able to create a school climate that supports any grieving member of the community. Teachers can be present differently in the lives of their grieving students. Parents will know how to talk about grief with their children. Students learn how to support a fellow student or friend who is grieving. Students who are grieving learn healthy ways to cope with their feelings stemming from loss and become mentors to other students.
"Imagine is such a blessing to all those who love and grieve. I cannot say enough about Connie Palmer (Imagine Clinical Training Director) and Imagine's programs for high school students."
- Joanne Scarano Jakubik, School Counselor at Union Catholic High