Magazine article National Association of School Psychologists. Communique

Supporting Bereaved Students at School

Magazine article National Association of School Psychologists. Communique

Supporting Bereaved Students at School

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Supporting Bereaved Youth

Bereaved children are in great need of support in schools. The American Federation of Teachers (2012) found that 70% of classroom teachers reported having at least one student in their class who has experienced the loss of a loved one within 1 year. There are relatively few books that are specifically written for educational psychologists, counselors, and other school-based professionals that bridge the gap between research and practice such as Supporting Bereaved Students at School. According to the authors, Jacqueline A. Brown and Shane R. Jimerson, “This book provides important knowledge and strategies to help children and adolescents cope with their emotional, physical, and social reactions during the period of grief.”

The book is divided into two comprehensive sections. Within section one, there are several informative chapters that school professionals need to read before implementing any of the grief interventions. Chapter 4 describes what types of assessments (e.g., observations, structured interviews, and specific rating scales) may be used to assess and monitor the progress of bereaved students. Chapter 5 explains how to consult with administrators, teachers, staff, and families upon receiving news of the death of a student or school staff member. Chapters 6 and 7 emphasize how culture and family factors influence grief responses. Chapter 8 informs school professionals of how social media networks may play a role in death notification and grief support. …

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