Date & Time: October 22–29, 2021 9:30am – 1:30pm
Location: Virtual

In this workshop, we will explore different grief theories and models as well as different dimensions of childhood grief such as acting-out behavior and academic issues.

Credits: 8 CEs

Dates: Fridays, October 22 and October 29, 2021

Times: 9:30am – 1:30pm EST (Each Day)


As adults, we understand that death and dying is natural, irreversible, and often out of our control. Children, however, have a much different framework depending on their age and development. This lecture aims to provide learners with an understanding of how childhood development influences their understanding of death and dying. Different grief theories and models will be introduced as well as different dimensions of childhood grief such as acting-out behavior and academic issues. We will also discuss how factors such as age, race, environment, religion, and socioeconomic status play a role in their experience of grief. To conclude, learners will be immersed in interactive, age-appropriate interventions and activities used in children’s bereavement support groups.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  • Identify Piaget’s 4 developmental stages as they relate to a child’s understanding of death.
  • Recognize 8-15 dimensions of childhood grief.
  • List at least 2 therapeutic modalities used in children’s bereavement support groups.

Tuition Rates

  • $195 Registration Fee
  • $175 – Alumni, Adjunct, FFL Rate
  • $125 – Veteran Rate

***Current AUSSW Student’s free with promo code***

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Faculty Bio

Maria Georgopoulos

Maria Georgopoulos

Maria Georgopoulos, LMHC, FT, is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Fellow in Thanatology, whose work focuses on grief, loss and trauma. She received her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Development and has also received additional clinical training through The Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy’s Psychoanalytic Training Program and The Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute. She is currently the Director of Bereavement Services at Calvary Hospital. She is responsible for more than 34 bereavement support groups across the Bronx, Brooklyn and Manhattan sites that serve hundreds of adults, children and teenagers each year; leads a team of 8 bereavement counselors, all of whom have Master’s Degrees or the equivalent; and spearheads Calvary’s efforts to expand the hospital’s professional learning programs in the New York area. She has provided individual and group counseling to hundreds of bereaved people over the length of her career. Ms. Georgopoulos worked with The American Red Cross of Greater New York after 9/11, assisting families with appropriate resources and planning memorials for them at Ground Zero. She has taught graduate students as an adjunct professor and maintains a private practice in New York. She has contributed chapters in several publications and served as a member of ADEC’s credentialing committee and the National Alliance for Grieving Children’s marketing and development committee.

Stephanie Insalaco

Stephanie Insalaco

Stephanie Insalaco, LMHC is a licensed mental health counselor and works as a bereavement counselor for Calvary Hospital. In this role, she facilitates 5 support groups per week, provides individual counseling for bereaved clients, and conducts intakes for new members. She also assists in the planning of Calvary’s annual Camp Compass for the children in their program. She earned her Bachelor’s in Advanced Psychological Studies at Adelphi University in 2010 and her Master’s in Mental Health Counselor from CUNY Baruch in 2014. Before landing in this position, Stephanie utilized her certification as a Pilates Instructor to teach and manage at a studio in Queens for four years. As a result, she is a strong advocate for the mind-body connection and for educating clients on how grief can manifest physically. Lastly, Stephanie is a freelance artist and works mostly with oil paint and Procreate. In her spare time, she loves going to concerts, traveling, and finding new restaurants to enjoy.

Adelphi University School of Social Work is an approved provider for continuing education credits for the following:

  • Social Workers
  • LMHC
  • LMFT
  • CASAC Renewal
  • Psychology
  • LCAT
  • NYSED Psychology
  • APA Psychology

Successful completion for the award of approved continuing education credits requires attendance at the entire training/workshop and submission of a completed evaluation form.

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Cancellation Policy

Unfortunately, we cannot provide refunds for cancellations made seven working days or fewer before the event for any reason—or for no-shows. We can provide credit towards a future workshop up to 24 hours before the event. After that, no credit will be issued

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