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Lisa speaks to parent/guardian groups all over NJ at schools, hospitals and in communities. She teaches strategies and skills to adults in the lives of children and teens so that they can best support and guide their children through challenging and difficult transitions and losses in their lives.  Lisa has spoken to elementary parents about the transition to middle school which is a huge change on many levels for children. She speaks on the transition from middle to high school as well as on the transition to college. So many students develop unhealthy habits or coping strategies during these crucial transitions. Adults benefit from learning helpful tools and strategies as well as how children and teens deal with grief and loss. 
 
 
Supporting Our Children through Loss, Grief & Transitions
Tuesday, December 7th, 2010
7:00 PM
James Caldwell High School Library Media Center
265 Westville Avenue, West Caldwell, NJ 07006
Cost: Free – registration is required: 973-228-6981
Lisa Athan, the Executive Director & founder of Grief Speaks, specializes in speaking with adults and young people about grief and loss. Ms. Athan speaks (in a compassionate, engaging manner) about the importance of normalizing grief and loss in our grief-avoidant, ―get-over-it‖ culture. She teaches healthy ways to identify, handle and express natural feelings and thoughts that follow loss of any kind. Children and teenagers have some specific differences (from adults) and needs related to grieving that will be discussed.

 
 
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 Raising Resilient Children Through Grief, Losses and Other Transitions
 
  • A program is being presented in the Chathams which will give parents the skills to help their children and teens be resilient in difficult times.

    Parents will gain tools to encourage positive communications under stress, and will learn how best to help children cope with the myriad of transitions and losses they face as they grow. Transitions for children include changing schools, going to camp, changing teachers, or moving.  Some losses children/teens may face, in addition to loss through death, include loss of friends, relationships, or pets;  loss through divorce; or loss of possessions.  

    Lisa Athan, Executive Director of Grief Speaks, will be the presenter for the two identical presentations on April 27.  The morning presentation will be at the Presbyterian Church of Chatham Township, 240 Southern Boulevard, 9:30-11:00 a.m.  The evening presentation will be in the Chatham High School auditorium, 7:30-9:00 p.m.   Parents of children of all ages can benefit from this informative program.  Learn more at Lisa's website, griefspeaks.com.

    Anyone with questions should contact Sandy Smith, Student Assistance Coordinator for the School District of the Chathams, 973-457-2536, or ssmith@chatham-nj.org.

 

The Family Success Center at Homefirst invites you to participate in a

six week workshop on

 

 Grief and Loss

 

facilitated by

 

LISA  ATHAN,  MA

Founder and Executive Director of Grief Speaks

GriefSpeaks.com

 

“May it make your sorrow easier for you to bear
Knowing there are others who understand and care.”

~ Unknown Author ~

 

The workshop will begin on

Thursday, April 8, 2010

and continue for six Thursdays until May 13, 2010

10:00 am – 11:30 am Group

Homefirst and The Family Success Center

905 Watchung Avenue, Plainfield

 

If you wish to attend, please call

AgnessMcLean, Director, Family Success Center

~Enrollment limited~

908.743.4001 x 26

 
 
 
 
 

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Here is a program that I just did at  Parsippany as well as for Berkeley Heights School district last spring.  They were both a big hit and had a great response from parents and guardians in both districts.

Would love to speak with you about other program that I do for students, either in classroom or assembly as well as staff development on this very important topic of handling change, transition and loss in the lives of students.



Here is a program that Lisa did on October 6, 2009


Parsippany Troy-Hills School District Presents: 

 

Supporting Our Children Through 

Loss, Grief and Transitions 

 

Did you know that: 

* Children grieve through their behavior and many children act out their grief 

at school or at home 

* Children grieve at anniversaries, special days and at significant 

developmental stages 

* Children tend to blame themselves for things that happen and need 

reassurance that they are not to blame 

* Children are often "protected" from loss and this actually can erode their self 

esteem and trust in us 

 

You will learn: 

* Children need the truth, at their own level of development, delivered by a 

caring adult in a safe place 

* Children need tools & healthy opportunities to express their grief in different 

ways at home and at school 

* Children need permission from adults around them to mourn their losses, no 

matter how small 

* Children need us to be role models for them in dealing with grief, loss and 

healthy coping   

Families may need to seek some additional help on talking to children 

about a parent's disease, job loss, a hospital visit, a death and a funeral. 

 

WhoLisa Athan, MA is the Executive Director of Grief Speaks. She is a 

grief educator and speaks at schools, PTA's, hospitals, agencies and at 

conferences on the topic of grief and loss in the lives of children, teens 

and adults. Lisa has a web site that is packed with information on 

children, teens and grief at www.griefspeaks.com 

 

Where:  Parsippany High School Media Center- 309 Baldwin Road  

 

When:  October 6, 2009 from 7:00- 9:00pm 

 

What:   Free Parenting Presentation by the Municipal Alliance & the 

Parsippany Elementary Counselors.  Lisa Athan will speak to the parents 

of our elementary and middle school students.  Please feel free to invite 

other adult family members and friends! 

 

School Staff members will receive Professional Development Hours for attending. 

 




Lisa
         presented in Livingston for parents and guardians. 
"Caring for
         your Grieving Child"  On Tuesday, June 17, 2008 Lisa Athan from Grief Speaks, an organization dedicated
         to educating children, teens and adults about  grief and loss, will speak with members of our community.  Topics to be discussed
         will include:   *   Grief - What is it and what does it look like?  *   Loss - Discussion on all types of loss (including
         divorce and separation).  *   Mourning -Tools and strategies that can help (including ideas and suggestions if your child
         is going to summer camp). This meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the Media Center at Collins Elementary School.  In order
         to assure we have adequate space, please RSVP by June 16, 2008 using the link below: 

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