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Childhood Bereavement: Understanding Prevalence by Cause of Death Live Interactive Webinar

October 27, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EDT

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According to the 2022 Childhood Bereavement Estimation Model (CBEM) 7.7% of U.S. youth will experience the death of a sibling or parent before they reach age 18.  This is an underestimate, as it excludes countless deaths of other significant figures in a child’s life.  A growing body of research indicates that the death of a significant attachment figure places children at increased risk for mental health, relational, behavioral, and academic problems, as well as earlier mortality. Recognized as an adverse childhood experience, the impact of unaddressed childhood bereavement contributes to a litany of negative health outcomes as youth become adults.

Childhood bereavement is best understood when contextualized within systems of care that impact the lives of children, families, and communities. Using the CBEM to analyze national data, researchers at Judi’s House/JAG Institute developed bereavement estimates by various causes of death. Using national CBEM projected results, this presentation will provide data on the percentage and number of children grieving due to deaths resulting from the five leading causes in the U.S. Presenters will review year-to-year trends in childhood bereavement, highlighting the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on certain causes of death and provide a call to action.

CE Total: 1.5
Target Audience: 
Counselors, Social workers, Bereavement support professionals
Instructional Level: 
 Live Interactive Webinar


By the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Quantify national differences in U.S. childhood bereavement rates based decedent’s cause of death.
  2. Explain year-to-year trends in childhood bereavement by causes of death most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  3. Identify opportunities for collaboration and advocacy as well as implications for service provision and support for grieving children.


Speaker Bios:

Laura Landry, PhD is the Director of Evaluation and Research at Judi’s House/JAG Institute. She has 15 years experience evaluating community-based programs and large-scale prevention initiatives, as well as building the capacity of organizations to utilize data to drive decisions. In addition to heading the organization’s Childhood Bereavement Changemaker Initiative, Laura oversees the Evaluation and Research Department. Her work focuses on evaluating Judi’s House services, building evaluation/data utilization capacity in the field, and disseminating the prevalence of childhood bereavement to inform advocates and practitioners working in the field.

Michaeleen (Micki) Burns, PhD, is the Chief Clinical Officer at Judi’s House/JAG Institute and adjunct faculty at the University of Colorado. JH/JAG is a comprehensive family bereavement center in Denver. A Licensed Psychologist with two decades of experience providing therapeutic assessment and support to families facing adversity, Micki has witnessed the lasting impact of unaddressed grief. She is dedicated to ensuring appropriate care is available for all and raising childhood bereavement to a level of critical public importance. At JH/JAG she oversees the direct service, research, and training departments working towards a vision where no child is alone in grief.


CE Provider Information:

Each professional is responsible for the individual requirements as stipulated by their licensing agency. Please contact your individual licensing board/regulatory agency to review continuing education requirements for licensure renewal. Please note: You must attend “live” (in real-time) to earn CEs. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the CE process, please contact Adam Carter at or at 980-298-1155.

The National Alliance for Children’s Grief has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7221. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The National Alliance for Children’s Grief is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. Counselors completing all three sessions of this conference will receive 1.5 contact hours.

The National Alliance for Children’s Grief is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0689. Social Workers completing this event will receive 1.5 contact hours.

The National Alliance for Children’s Grief is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0238. Counselors completing all three sessions of this conference will receive 1.5 contact hours.

National Alliance for Children’s Grief, #1819, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers.  State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. National Alliance for Children’s Grief maintains responsibility for this course.  ACE provider approval period: 07/20/2022 – 07/20/2023.   Counselors completing this course will receive 1.5 continuing education credits.

Refund/cancellation policy: If you need to cancel your registration, please contact Adam Carter at or at 980-298-1155. Please note that no refunds will be given.

To request accessibility accommodations: The National Alliance for Children’s Grief is committed to providing universal access to all our events. Please contact Adam Carter at or at 980-298-1155 to request disability accommodations. Advance notice is necessary to arrange for some accessibility needs.

Attendance policy: To earn CEs for this event, you must attend the entirety of the event as demonstrated by your autogenerated login and logout time on the Zoom Webinar report and complete an online event evaluation within seven (7) days of the event. Please make sure you are signed into Zoom using the name that matches your professional license and not the name of your place of employment, as there is no way to verify your attendance after the fact if your name does not appear on the Zoom Webinar report.

Grievance policy: To view the NACG’s Continuing Education Grievance Policy, you can find it HERE.


October 27, 2022
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EDT
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