Recognizing and Empathizing with Student Grief and Loss- Des Moines

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Recognizing and Empathizing with Student Grief and Loss- Des Moines

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This course satisfies the Safety, Support & Wellness requirement for the School Culture Advocate Certification. Learn more at

Note: This course is also available online. For the online "Recognizing and Empathizing with Student Grief and Loss" click here.

Course description: Schools are a place where children spend a large portion of their lives learning, socializing, and making new friends. As they progress through elementary, middle, and high school, their lives develop and change. But as time goes on, it is inevitable that the child will experience some kind of loss. According to Carly Woythaler-Runestad, executive director of the Mourning Hope Grief Center, “One in every twenty children in the United States will experience the loss of a parent or sibling by the age of eighteen. But parental and sibling death is only part of the overall picture. This statistic does not account for how many children will experience the death of grandparents, aunts, uncles, and close friends. When these relationships are considered, it is clear that very few of us will graduate high school without having experienced the death of someone significant in our lives.” This statistic demonstrates the importance of school educators being able to identify a grieving student and having the ability to help them through their grieving process.

This course will provide an understanding of a student’s grieving process, as well as ways to identify the effects of grief on a student. It will clarify an educator’s role in assisting students as they grieve. Topics include the causes of grief, the stages of the grieving process, student presentations of grief, the unique causes of grief for LGBT students and their unique needs, the teacher’s role in the student grieving process, and resources that educators can use to connect students to support groups if needed.

This is a one credit class.

Upcoming Sections:

Thursday, July 2nd and Friday, July 3rd, 2020, Des Moines
Iowa Safe Schools
600 E. Court Ave, Suite 160
Des Moines, IA 50309

Course Fees:
License Renewal - $100
Para credit - $75
Audit - $75

If you have any questions or would like to pay with a check, please contact or call 515.381.0588.

Cancellation/Refund Policy
All course cancellations or requests to change credit type must be received in writing or electronically at least five days prior to the class start date. All refunds requested before this deadline will be subject to a $20 cancellation fee. No refunds will be issued on cancellations received after this deadline, however, we can move you to a future session of the same course if possible. Iowa Safe Schools and ISEA reserve the right to cancel any course in the event of insufficient registration, in which case a full refund will be issued. Cancelled courses may be rescheduled at a later date.

Please allow up to two to three weeks for transcripts to be processed following a course end date.  Relicensure and paraeducator credit transcripts are available at following a course's completion.  This transcript will represent all classes taken through ISEA over the past several years.  Drake Graduate transcripts may take longer to receive.  

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