NACG's 26th Annual Symposium on Children's Grief

June 14 – 16, 2023
in Pittsburgh, PA

Conference Overview

The 26th National Symposium on Children’s Grief will take place on June 14 – 16, 2023, in Pittsburgh, PA.

The National Alliance for Children’s Grief (NACG) Symposium is the longest-running and most comprehensive Childhood Bereavement Symposium offered in the United States. The NACG Symposium draws more than 400 children’s grief support professionals and volunteers from a variety of organizations throughout and outside the United States each year.

Call for Presenters!

Interested in presenting a session at the symposium? Submit your application form now using the link below! Your proposal will be reviewed by the Symposium Committee and you will be informed of their decision in November 2022. We are looking for 60 sessions for the 2023 symposium so we encourage you to apply!

We encourage you to submit proposals in your area of interest and expertise. Feedback from past events have requested additional content in the areas listed below. Our goal is to have a diverse and broad representation in the sessions, particularly highlighting innovative ideas and practices that will support us in all areas of our work.

Applications close October 31, 2022.

Topics of Interest

  • Marketing and Development (Fundraising)
  • Justice, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Grief counseling/therapy techniques
  • Grief support for children of all abilities
  • Supporting and managing volunteers
  • Research-based and academic presentations
  • Accessing funding and grants
  • Starting and running a grief center
  • Working with teens
  • Supporting community after mass violence
  • Sibling loss
  • Grandparents raising grandchildren
  • Supporting children grieving a death by overdose

Content Levels:

We are looking for content across all levels. The Symposium committee will be asked to choose workshops from all three levels. Brief descriptions of these levels are as follows:

  • Basic – This best describes a topic or issue that the prospective audience is encountering for the first time in a meaningful way
  • Intermediate – This best describes a topic or issue that the audience likely has a theoretical foundation for understanding and/or a working knowledge
  • Advanced – This best describes a topic or issue about which the audience has significant knowledge and/or experience with the subject area.

New for 2022 – Poster Presentations!

Interested in a poster presentation at the symposium? This is a great opportunity to present research information or projects in a poster format for attendees to read.  We will have opportunities to apply both in Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 for poster presentations.

 More information for early registration will be available at the end of 2022. Join our email newsletter to receive updates.

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Date: June 14 – 16, 2023

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530 William Penn Pl
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

ADA STATEMENT: ADA accommodations will be made in accordance with the law. If you require ADA accommodations, please indicate what your needs are at the time of registration. We cannot ensure the availability of appropriate accommodations without prior notifications.

NON-DISCRIMINATION STATEMENT: Conference activities and programs are offered to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status in the provision of educational programs and services or employment opportunities and benefits.

“This symposium was not only informative and inspirational, but life-changing as well. I made new friends, colleagues, and business contacts, and hope to maintain these relationships over the years.”

The Annual NACG Symposium offers participants the opportunity to learn of the latest research and clinical developments in working with grieving children and teens;  enhance skills and knowledge to deliver state-of-the-art services to grieving children and adolescents; engage in dialogue with colleagues,  clinicians, researchers, and healthcare professional to exchange ideas information, and clinical expertise.

The symposium offers varied Workshops on topics important to children’s grief issues, program development, non-profit administration, activities, fundraising, and grief support models, to name a few.