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Using Grief Support Groups to Support Bereaved Students

Renée Bradford Garcia

in Supporting Bereaved Students at School

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Published in print April 2017 | ISBN: 9780190606893
Published online June 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780190606916 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med:psych/9780190606893.003.0009
Using Grief Support Groups to Support Bereaved Students

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This chapter provides a template for conducting school-based grief support groups for elementary and secondary students. The template supplies school-based mental health professionals with an easy-to-replicate structure for hosting psychoeducational strengths-based grief support group sessions. Guidance is provided on how to ensure a smooth-running group in the school setting and how to handle sensitive issues such as student confidentiality. Special considerations for different age groups are offered. School-based bereavement groups educate students about grief, normalize the grief process, teach healthy coping skills for managing grief reactions, and facilitate connections with other students who are experiencing similar losses.

Keywords: grief support groups; bereavement; strengths-based; school; confidentiality

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Subjects: School Psychology ; Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology ; Counselling Psychology

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