Counseling Children and Adolescents through Grief and Loss

Pages: 244
ISBN: 9780878225538
Item Number: 5266

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This comprehensive resource provides developmentally appropriate interventions for counseling children and adolescents who have experienced a wide range of grief and loss, including secondary and intangible losses such as moving or divorce.

The book synthesizes current research and best-practice approaches for counseling youth. It provides a method for assessing individual needs and offers guidelines for selecting appropriate counseling strategies.

Through numerous case examples, the authors describe youths’ cognitive, emotional, and behavioral responses to loss. They address important issues, such as myths about grief and loss in youth; cultural, religious, and family considerations; trust and safety concerns; tragic and stigmatizing losses; and the life-long impact of losses experienced in childhood and adolescence. An essential resource for counselors, social workers, and psychologists in schools and other settings. Also highly recommended as a supplementary college text.

Reviews and Awards

“The authors addressed different types of grief, that is, not just grief and loss from death of a significant other. Cultural, religious, familial, and gender factors also have an effect upon the grieving process. . . . this book helps the counselor to obtain a more rounded perspective of grief and loss. Two key points brought up by Fiorini and Mullen are that children and adolescents deal differently with loss and that loss recurs in everyone’s lives, including children and adolescents. It is not unusual for an individual who experienced a significant loss in early childhood to need to again address that loss through the various stages of life.”

—Theresa Clark, Indiana School Psychologists Association NEWS

“The authors provide a well-organized, easy-to-read guide replete with case examples . . . . an excellent resource for school psychologists, counselors, and other mental health professionals to refer to when engaging in grief counseling with children or adolescents. It is well-researched, practical, and user-friendly.”

—Michele Boretti, Communiqué,
National Association of School Psychologists

“Both authors demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of children and adolescents from the opening paragraph . . . . This is an exceptional resource and should be on the desk of every mental health professional working with this population.”

—Sara Febrey, Play Therapy Magazine

Counseling Children and Adolescents through Grief and Loss has been designated as a “Book of the Year” (Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing category) by the American Journal of Nursing. “Children and adolescents experience many losses. . . . this volume presents thoughtful discussion on the myths associated with such loss. [It] examines the impact of religion, family, and a person’s sex on grief. [It] provides information on interpersonal, developmental, and stigmatizing losses. [It] uses illustrative case studies.”

American Journal of Nursing

Part I: Introduction

  1. What Is Loss?
    • The Land of Myth and Make-Believe
    • Societal Myths about Grief and Loss
    • Myths about Grief and Loss in Children
    • Defining Loss, Grief, and Mourning
  2. Cultural, Religious, Familial, and Gender Factors Related to Grief and Loss
    • Cross-Cultural Approaches to Grief
    • Religious and Cultural Elements
    • Impact of Loss on the Family System
    • Assessment of Cultural, Religious, and Family Values Affecting the Grieving Process
    • Using Rituals to Address Grief
    • Case Study: Angela – “Padrino Is Very Sick”
  3. Grieving Children and Adolescents: Developmental Considerations
    • The Cultures of Childhood and Adolescence
    • How Do Children and Adolescents Experience Grief?
    • Emotional Responses to Loss
    • Cognitive Responses to Loss
    • Behavioral Responses to Loss
    • A Sample Intervention
    • Survival Kit for Moving

Part II: Types of Losses and Interventions

  1. Intangible Losses
    • Case 1: Innocence -“Racism Rears Its Ugly Head”
    • Case 2: Safety and Security -“The Big Teddy Bear”
    • Case 3: Trust -“You Promised Not to Tell”
    • Case 4: Power and Control -“Why Is He Acting This Way?”
    • Case 5: Stability -“A Life of Chaos”
    • Case 6: Faith and Hope -“The Eternal Optimist”
    • Case 7: Preexisting Loss -“I Miss Nana”
    • Case Study for Reader Analysis
  2. Losses through Death
    • Case 1: Explaining Death -“What Happens When You Die?”
    • Case 2: Death of a Family Member -“Do You Know My Baby Cousin Died?”
    • Case 3: Death of a Friend (Child) -“I Still Talk to Cara”
    • Case 4: Death of a Friend (Adolescent) -“Teenagers Aren’t Supposed to Die”
    • Case 5: Death of a Teacher -“What Happened to Mrs. Martinez?”
    • Case 6: The Funeral -“Saying Goodbye to Poppy”
    • Case 7: Death of a Pet -“How Could You?”
    • Case Study for Reader Analysis
  3. Interpersonal Losses
    • Case 1: When Loved Ones Move Away -“Losing Grandma”
    • Cases 2 and 3: When Friendships End -“I Miss My Friends”
    • Case 4: Breakups -“Let’s Just Be Friends!”
    • Case 5: Transition to Foster Care -“It’s Hard to Explain”
    • Case Study for Reader Analysis
  4. Transitional Losses
    • Case 1: Moving -“I Hate This Place!”
    • Case 2: Divorce -“Losing a Family”
    • Case 3: Coping with a Disability -“I’m a Freak!”
    • Case 4: Coping with Mental Illness -“Riding the Roller Coaster”
    • Case 5: Substance Abuse in the Family -“Somebody Notice Me!”
    • Case 6: Parental Job Loss -“Losing the Family Farm”
    • Case 7: Military Deployment -“How Dare You Leave Me!”
    • Case Study for Reader Analysis
  5. Developmental Losses
    • Case 1: Loss of Childhood -“Santa Doesn’t Really Exist, Does He?”
    • Case 2: Puberty/Physical Changes -“I Hate the Way Boys Look at Me!”
    • School Transitions
    • Case 3: Entering Pre-K or Kindergarten -“I’m Not Going Back!”
    • Case 4: Elementary to Middle School -“This School Is Too Scary!”
    • Case 5: Middle School to High School -“Stop Pressuring Me!”
    • Case 6: High School to College -“Freedom!”
    • Family Life-Cycle Changes
    • Case 7: A New Baby in the House -“I Don’t Want to Be a Big Brother”
    • Case 8: Older Sibling Moves Out -“Jim Doesn’t Love Me Anymore!”
    • Case 9: Mom Goes to Work -“Don’t Go!”
    • Case Study for Reader Analysis
  6. Tragic and Stigmatizing Losses
    • Tragic Losses
      • Case 1: Sudden Death -“I Didn’t Have a Chance to Say Good-bye”
      • Case 2: Natural Disaster -“I’ll Never Be Safe Again!”
      • Stigmatizing Losses
      • Case 3: Murder -“It’s Worse Than Just Dying”
      • Case 4: Suicide -“I Should Have Seen This Coming!”
      • Case 5: Abuse and Victimization -“You’re Such a Prude”
      • Case 6: Parental Incarceration -“I’m Not the Criminal”
      • Case Study for Reader Analysis

Part III: Grief Lasts a Lifetime

  1. How Grief Manifests over Time
    • Case 1: The Impact of Multiple Losses -“The Final Straw”
    • Case 2: Grief Trigger Points -“I Deserve a Mom”
    • Case 3: Helping Parents Cope with Their Own Losses -“Stop Playing That Song”
    • Helping Helpers Cope with Their Own Losses

Part IV: Interventions

  1. Selected Interventions
    • Goodbye, Cookie Jar
    • Paradoxical Scavenger Hunt
    • Pen Pal?
    • Stomp!
    • Remember Me
    • Loss Map
    • The Healing Heart
    • Doing Grief
    • Goodbyes and Hellos Book
    • Blanket of Love
    • Flannel Board and Pictures
    • Self-Esteem Game
    • Traveling Friends
    • All Mixed Up
    • The Storage Box
    • One Day in Time
    • When Doves Fly Away
    • This Is My Home
    • Making Music
    • Bubble Launch
    • Coping Skills Inventory
    • Goodbye Letter
    • Snapshot
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