Recognizing and Empathizing with Student Grief and Loss

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Recognizing and Empathizing with Student Grief and Loss

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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 course.

Click here to view the full course syllabus.

Upcoming sections:

May 19, 2019 - June 8, 2019

June 9, 2019 - June 29, 2019

June 30, 2019 - July 20, 2019

July 21, 2019 - August 10, 2019

August 11, 2019 - August 31, 2019

September 15, 2019 - October 5, 2019

October 13, 2019 - November 2, 2019

November 17, 2019 - December 7, 2019

December 15, 2019 - January 4, 2020

January 19, 2020 - February 8, 2020

February 16, 2020 - March 7, 2020

March 22, 2020 - April 11, 2020

April 19, 2020 - May 9, 2020

Course Fees (Earth Week: $45/$50 License Renewal Credit and $145/$150 Graduate Credit now through 4/29!):

License Renewal (ISEA member) - $45
License Renewal (non-ISEA) - $50
Para credit - $45
Audit - $35

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

Participants are limited to 12 graduate credits per semester (Fall, Spring, Summer).

Cancellation/Refund Policy
All course cancellations or requests to change credit type must be received in writing or electronically at least fourteen days prior to the class start date. All refunds requested before this deadline will be subject to a $40 cancellation fee per course cancelled. 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 reserves 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.

Sale Policy
Sales are honored only during the dates the sale is active at the time of your registration. We do not honor current sales for previously registered or completed courses.

Transcripts
Please allow up to two to three weeks for transcripts to be processed following a course end date. License renewal and paraeducator credit transcripts are available at https://www.iseatranscripts.org following a course's completion. Graduate transcripts take 3-4 weeks to receive and will be mailed directly to the individual.

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