National Conference and Webcast

Webcast LIVE from Baltimore, MD to audiences across the United States.

The National Alliance for Children’s Grief Fall Conference and Webcast is on the move! We listened to the feedback about the difficulty of convening community groups in November. The NACG National Conference and Webcast in 2023 will take place on March 21st, 2023 from 1pm to 4pm ET. This is a cost-efficient option to host a community training with nationally recognized speakers on this important topic. Both the speakers and topic will appeal to a diverse audience, including professionals from funeral services, hospice care, health care, education, mental health, child welfare, and bereavement support.

Our topic for this upcoming conference is “Supporting Children and Families Following an Overdose Death”. Grief is the normal and natural reaction to any significant loss, whether that is a bereavement loss or a non-death loss. The opioid epidemic continues to surge in the US, with overdose deaths reaching 107,000 in 2021, a record in the US and an increase of nearly 20% over the previous annual high. Unfortunately, accompanying grief, the impact on children and families isn’t well-researched and often remains overshadowed and misunderstood.

Family members of those living with substance use disorders often experience deep ambiguous grief. Children are often faced with navigating complex, unreliable relationships as a result of the disorder and are left to make sense of concepts far beyond their stages of moral development. The first half of this program is designed to understand ambiguous loss in substance abuse and to provide strategies to support these children and families. This includes a framework for understanding a child’s comprehension of addiction and developmental age, guidelines for talking to children, and creative activities for children and families.

The second half of this program will assist professionals in responding to the unique grief following a substance-related death. Drawing on existing research and program interventions, it will provide strategies for supporting those dealing with the most common complex issues of substance-related grief in children and adults, including disenfranchised grief, guilt, blame, anxiety and hypervigilance, relief, and introducing basic coping tools for individuals and support systems. Specific attention will be given to the needs of children and tools for assisting caregivers who are supporting children grieving substance-related deaths.

Our Speakers

Eleanor Haley, MS and Litsa Williams, MA, LCSW-C are the co-founders of the online grief community What’s Your Grief. Together they run the grief education and creative exploration websites ‘What’s Your Grief’ and ‘Grief in Six Words’. Both are mental health professionals with a collective 25+ years of experience working with people coping with all types of complicated losses and life transitions.

Considering hosting a webcast?  It can support you in:

  • Have leadership in grief education in your community.
  • Raise awareness and initiate conversation around issues relating to childhood bereavement in your community.
  • Provide training for staff, volunteers and/or board members with an opportunity to offer CEs for professionals in your community.
  • Showcase your program and services.
  • Develop partnerships and enhance relationships with local organizations that serve children, including funeral, hospice care, education, social workers, counselors, and mental health professionals. This event is relevant to anyone who works with children or is learning how to better work with children.

All you need to host an event is a Zoom account (you can make one for free!), a space to host the event, and a screen to share the broadcast.

If you have questions or need support in working through how to host an event in your community, please email Megan Lopez, NACG National Program Director, at megan.lopez@childrengrieve.org. 

What is included when you purchase the webcast?

  • A single-use link to the live webcast of the event
  • Discussion questions to support community conversations on this topic
  • Promotional poster and social posts
  • A hosting toolkit with helpful information to support you in organizing your event
  • High-quality national speakers on a relevant topic to engage your community

Costs:
More details in “additional information” section below. 

  • $250 – General Rate/Non-Members. If you are not a member, consider joining!  Learn more about that here.
  • $200 – Current NACG Members

Click here to register to host →

Sales of webcast licenses will close on March 14, 2023.

Additional Information

Costs

Costs
There is a one-time fee associated with hosting the event.  This is the only fee payable to the NACG regardless of the size of your in-person audience.  We encourage you to make the most of this opportunity to share the webcast with the widest audience possible.

  • $250 – General Rate/Non-Members. If you are not a member, consider joining!  Learn more about that here.
  • $200 – Current NACG Members

Ticketing for this event is for a webcast license to share with your community. Sales of webcast licenses will close on March 14, 2023.

Support or Questions for Hosting in Your Community

If you have questions or need support in working through how to host an event in your community, please email Megan Lopez, NACG National Program Director, at megan.lopez@childrengrieve.org. 

CE Information

*Please confirm with your host location that CEs are being offered at their event.

 


CE Credit Available: The NACG has applied for three (3) CEs for webcast attendees.  These will be available after the event at a cost of $45 per person.
Instructional Level: Basic
Format: Live event in Baltimore; Live Non-Interactive Webinar for those attending a webcast
Target Audience: Counselors, Social workers, Bereavement support professionals

 


CE Provider Information: Each professional is responsible for the requirements 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 either on location in Baltimore or on location at a webcasting site) to earn CEs. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the CE process, please contact Adam Carter at adam.carter@childrengrieve.org 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 continuing education credits.

Refund/cancellation policy: If you need to cancel your registration, please contact Adam Carter at adam.carter@childrengrieve.org 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 adam.carter@childrengrieve.org 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 pay the $45.00 CE cost, attend the entirety of the event as demonstrated by your signature on the sign-in/out form at your location, and complete an online event evaluation within seven (7) days of the event. Please ensure you have signed in and out BEFORE leaving the event location, as this is the only way that NACG verifies attendance for CE purposes.

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

Not sure where to host? Here are some ideas.

If you are looking for spaces in your community for you to host an event, but are unsure where to start, consider partnering with or reaching out to:

  • Community centers
  • Local hospital meeting rooms
  • Local Dignity Memorial Funeral Homes (Find one in your area here.)
  • Faith-based spaces

Accessibility, Accommodations & Refund Policies

To request accessibility accommodations: The National Alliance for Children’s Grief is committed to providing universal access to all our events. ADA accommodations will be made in accordance with the law; please indicate your special needs when you register by sending an email to info@childrengrieve.org or call (866) 432-1542. Advance notice is necessary to arrange for some accessibility needs.

Refund/Cancellation Policy: If you need to cancel your registration, please contact Megan Lopez at megan.lopez@childrengrieve.org or at 980-298-1155. Please note that no refunds will be given.

Still have questions? View our FAQ document below.

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