Most children experience the death of a family member or friend by the time they complete high school. The loss, and resultant sadness, can significantly impact a child’s social and emotional health, as well as their ability to learn at school. As such, it is essential that those that work with children are equipped to help children understand and manage the bereavement process. This seminar works to help school personnel and professionals feel better prepared and comfortable with assisting their students to cope with death and provide the necessary support and resources during such a critical time in their lives. The presentation will review a child’s capacity to understand death through a developmental perspective, typical reactions to a loss and examples of how it may manifest within a school setting, activities to utilize with individuals and groups of students, and working closely with families and teachers to support a child. (CEU eligible)
Renee Raap is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who primarily works as an individual psychotherapist at her private practice seeing mostly children and their families. She also works as a psychotherapist, consultant, and trainer for Barr Harris Children’s Grief Center. Renee earned her Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Chicago and then later completed the Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy training program at the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute. She has worked in a variety of settings, including community mental health centers, residential treatment, public schools, and nonprofit organizations and has provided individual, group and family therapy, case management, consultation, and clinical supervision.
This session will redefine executive function and take a look at individual functional practice as well as how we prepare others (our kids) to engage with the world and develop effective strategies.
Liz Iverson is an educator, parent, and advocate for equity. She teaches seventh and eighth-grade Humanities at Ancona and serves as the middle school division head. Over the past twelve years, she has learned with and supported children between the ages of two and 15. She has a Masters in Education from Bank Street College in New York and a degree in Cultural Anthropology with a focus on Urban Studies from NYU.
Jacki Neistat is a Learning Specialist at the Ancona School and has been working with children ages 3-18 for the last ten years. Her undergraduate degree is in Elementary and Special Education and her masters is in Special Education. Jacki also has a private tutoring business that focuses on learning strategies, math, reading, writing, and executive function. As the leader of the Student Support Team, Jacki teaches and also supports families and students as they navigate the public school evaluation process.
Pete and Kristin, both leaders at the Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School, will present on the therapeutic impact of relationships, what “mileu therapy” is, and dispel myths and stigmas associated with students with emotional problems. They will also lead a panel discussion on the landscape of residential treatment and therapeutic schools.
Pete Myers is Co-Executive Director of the Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School. He has spent most of his professional career at the O-School and has broad experience in a variety of diverse therapeutic environments. Pete’s education and training is in clinical psychology. He holds a bachelor’s and earned his master’s at the University of Chicago, while working at the O-School. He earned his doctorate from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology.
Kristin Friesen is a licensed clinical social worker and director of admissions at the O-School. She has worked for nearly 15 years assessing students and families for therapeutic and residential services and connecting them to various resources. Kristin earned an undergraduate degree in social work from Goshen College followed by a master’s degree (MSW) in social work from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
Language is everywhere and plays a crucial role in the learning process. Participants will gain an understanding of the scope of practice of a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP). The five areas of language will be covered, specifically as it connects to academic success. Learning is a social process and requires effective use and understanding of language. “Speech” services cover more than just “fixing R”!
Sarah Scheurich is a Licensed Speech Language Pathologist who has been providing speech and language services since 2008 in schools, clinics, and privately. She currently works at Hyde Park Day School. Sarah has both a Masters in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a Masters in School Leadership and Administration.