Inclusive and Healing Grief Dialogues

Presented by Alesia Alexander

Program for Professionals:

Answering the Call: Equity in Grief, Considerations & Approaches to Inclusive Grief Support

A virtual program for caregiving professionals.

The pandemic has created a new and dynamic opportunity for Clinicians to engage their communities and clients in an unprecedented, deeper way. Statistics are telling us that Black and Brown communities are disproportionately affected by the pandemic. It is believed that an additional 4.5 million people are grieving the loss of a loved one due to COVID. These losses, as well as experiencing increasing levels of trauma and unresolved grief as a result of social unrest, impact quality of life factors that the pandemic has exposed and are the makings for a mental health crisis.

The grief experience of BIPOC and Queer communities was already a practical and clinical challenge to engage and support prior to the pandemic. The mental health of our nation is at stake. Clinicians that have a deeper understanding of grief, loss, trauma and tools to address the systemic impact of these losses in their communities and organizations will be poised to engage more comprehensive and holistic approaches to technique, professional development, and personal self-care strategies.

This forum addresses the unique grief experience of communities of difference and is a much needed resource for Clinicians from all races, identities and backgrounds. This fun (yes, fun!) and experiential digital session will offer a new lens to view work with underserved populations. Content to include activities, focus on cultivating peer support, inclusive and resonant facilitation, skill building and family based-, group and individual processing considerations.

Objectives: At the end of the session, participants will be able to:

1.  Increase basic understanding of the complex nature of the grief experience of difference

2. Recognize the importance of a culturally, and equity-based approach and practice, and grief aware environments as a factor in individual, family and group grief support planning and intervention.

3. Identify at least three personal barriers that are a challenge when working with grief and populations of difference.

4. Develop a peer support, self-care, and community engagement plan that is relevant, reflective, and responsive to the needs of this population, and in support of personal and professional development.

 

Tuesday September 27th, 2022

8:00am Pacific / 9:00am Mountain / 10:00am Central / 11:00am Eastern 

Suggested donation: $15

Program for the Community:

Healing Dialogues for All Grievers

 A virtual program for anyone who has experienced a loss or is supporting a grieving loved one through loss.

An inclusive conversation to support all bereaved individuals. We welcome YOU, just as you are.

This forum will address the unique grief experience of communities of difference, welcoming all races, identities and backgrounds, to receive support in this presentation.

Grief is impacted by race, culture, gender, sexual orientation, age, economics, and inequalities. Additionally, as a result of the pandemic, we are faced with an alarming amount of grief that has been prolonged, and often going unresolved, as we work to gain a sense of life moving forward in this “new normal.” This presentation will be honest and thought provoking, offering a new lens through which to view our grief and the grief of others. We will explore nurturing our relationships with ourselves and each other, honoring our unique grief experiences in meaningful ways, and making healing connections on our grief journey.

Tuesday September 27th, 2022

4:00pm Pacific / 5:00pm Mountain / 6:00pm Central / 7:00pm Eastern 

Suggested donation: $15

About the Presenter:

 

Alesia K. Alexander, LCSW, CT is a passionate, and spirited advocate for young people and communities.  Ms. Alexander’s work over the last two decades has focused on inclusive practice, children and teens in school and community settings, specifically with children and teens that have lost a loved one to death.  A licensed clinical social worker in Florida, Georgia, and Virginia, she has served as consultant to grief and loss centers across the nation on loss, and inclusive practice. She is a former member of the Board of Directors for The National Alliance for Grieving Children.  Ms. Alexander is a regular presenter and trainer regionally, nationally and internationally on grief, loss, inclusion, and at-risk youth development.  She is the author of four resources for grieving children and communities.  Tapestries: A Creative & Inclusive Approach to Grief Support for Youth & Communities (2013), Dream Clouds (2011), Un Mural Para Mamita/A Mural for Mamita (2001), Sunflowers & Rainbows for Tia: Saying Goodbye to Daddy (1999). Ms. Alexander is also a featured expert in the WPSU PBS Documentary, Speaking Grief (2019).