Post Secondary Grief Student Support:
A Three Part Training with Inner Harbor
February 3, February 10, and March 25, 2022
Part of school crisis recovery and renewal is shifting our attention from the systems in which we work (e.g., high school or college) to the students who navigate the systems. Many students who enter post-secondary institutions have experienced grief, death, and/or crisis in their K-12 context and it comes out in college. Or, our students experience grief, death and crisis while at college. Either way, there is a lot to learn from our colleagues engaging in post-secondary grief student support.
SCRR is pleased to partner with Inner Harbor for three intensive workshops to get us started. Collectively, these workshops will:
- Offer practical suggestions for working with grieving students while in college
- Explore how we can all contribute to a culture that promotes the expression of grief as a normal, natural process
- Provide practical exercises and activities to promote the expression of grief and encourage meaning making after a significant loss.
While designed for college staff and faculty, including mental health practitioners as well as residential living staff, professors and anyone else working with students and student leaders on campus and K-12 student support professionals, these three 2-hour workshops are open to anyone interested (including student campus leaders!).
Note: you may attend one, two or all of the workshops; they are not sequential. Recordings will be available a week after each event and will be posted on this page. Thank you in advance for your patience.
Setting the Stage: Grief on College Campuses (Part 1)
February 3, 2022 • 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. PT / 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET (view your time zone)
- Learn how grief manifests in young adults
- Explore strategies to support grievers in and outside of class
- Practice essential listening skills to create space for students to share difficult experiences and feelings
A Deeper Dive: Meaning Making of Grief with College Students (Part 2)
February 10, 2022 • 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. PT / 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET (view your time zone)
- Understand what it means to “make meaning” after a loss
- Explore goals for activities related to grief and meaning making
- Practice some activities that could be used on a college campus for grieving students
Connecting Student and Systems: Supporting Middle and High School Teachers and Staff to Prepare Grieving Students for College (Part 3)
March 25, 2022 • 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. PT / 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET (view your time zone)
- Explore what we have learned and are learning about grief on college campuses
- Identify how K-12 professionals might best prepare grieving or bereaved students for postsecondary environments
- Connecting Student and Systems: Supporting Middle and High School Teachers and Staff to Prepare Grieving Students for College slide deck (PDF)
- Support Mapping resource by Inner Harbor
- Video recording
Each workshop will have auto-captions / live transcript provided by Zoom.
Mandi Zucker is the Founder and President of Inner Harbor. With over 20 years in the field of death, dying and bereavement, she is committed to making sure that all students go to college prepared to deal with the grief that comes with all kinds of losses, from moving away from home to previous deaths and the grief that evolves from losses experienced in college. Ms. Zucker is an experienced presenter, trainer and grief support group facilitator. She presents to colleges and universities across the country and works with counseling centers, religious life, residential life, athletic teams and panhellenic systems to encourage peer support. She also works privately with individuals and families after a loss. Mandi also hosts a weekly podcast, The Mourning Meeting, that can be found on most podcast platforms.
Ms. Zucker earned her BA in Child Development and Care from the University of Pittsburgh and her Masters degree in Social Work from New York University. She is a Lead Responder for the Traumatic Loss Coalition in New Jersey and serves on the Board of Trustees at Jewish Family Services of Central New Jersey. Ms. Zucker has also earned a certificate in thanatology, the study of death and dying, as well as a certificate in Grief Recovery.
For each workshop, Mandi will have a co-presenter with lived experience (students and former students).
Mairead Peters is the Program Coordinator for The Cove Center for Grieving Children in CT. She was born and raised in CT, and went to The University of South Carolina Honors College where she graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Social Work and Spanish. Because of the pandemic, she returned to CT after finishing school and soon thereafter began working for The Cove. It seemed like the perfect place for her to give back to those grieving after experiencing the death of many loved ones in just 20 years of life.