Navigating Grief: Understanding and Supporting the Behavioral Health Needs of Parents of Children with Disabilities

August 9, 2024    10:30AM  -  12PM

This workshop offers an in-depth exploration of the unique grief experiences faced by parents of children with disabilities. Participants will delve into the complex emotions, challenges, and behavioral health needs that arise in the context of caring for a child with disabilities. Through interactive discussions, case studies, and experiential exercises, attendees will gain practical insights and evidence-based strategies for providing compassionate and effective support to parents navigating grief in this specific context.

Learning Objectives:

1. Understanding the Grief Journey: Using the Kubler-Ross model, participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of the grief journey experienced by parents of children with disabilities, including the initial diagnosis, ongoing adjustments, and transitions throughout the lifespan. They will explore the complex emotions, such as grief, loss, guilt, and uncertainty, that parents may experience at different stages of their journey.

2. Recognizing Unique Stressors: Attendees will identify the unique stressors and challenges faced by parents of children with disabilities, including navigating the healthcare system, advocating for their child’s needs, managing caregiver burden, and coping with societal stigma and misconceptions. They will explore the impact of these stressors on parental mental health and well-being.

3. Supporting Emotional Regulation: The workshop will provide strategies for supporting parents in regulating their emotions and coping effectively with grief-related distress. Participants will learn evidence-based techniques for managing anxiety, depression, and other common emotional responses to grief, fostering resilience and adaptive coping strategies. Participants will also learn self-care practices when in distress.

4. Cultural Sensitivity: To foster cultural sensitivity, participants will be encouraged to reflect on their own cultural biases and assumptions and examine how these may influence their interactions with parents from different cultural backgrounds. The goal of this objective is to empower participants to provide culturally responsive and affirming support to parents of children with disabilities, honoring their diverse cultural backgrounds.


1.5 NASW CEU’s at LSW, LMSW & LCSW level (pending NASW Approval)

Session Category :  2024 Sessions  NASW