Grieving Children and the Impact of Play Therapy

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Presented by Karen Jenkins, MA, LPC

Objectives:

  • Discuss the typical developmental responses of young grieving children (preschool through late elementary).
  • Understand Play Therapy and its importance in healing.
  • See examples of how grief presents in play therapy.
  • Learn how and why biblio-therapy and expressive arts are used in individual counseling and peer support groups.

Biography:

Karen Jenkins, MA, LPC received her Master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Texas State University.  She has previously served as Assistant Clinical Director at My Healing Place in Austin, Texas, where she worked with clients of all ages, and facilitated numerous grief support groups including suicide loss, children of incarcerated parents, and children of divorce.  She has also participated in several camps offering grief support to children in the Central Texas area.   Karen has educated many groups in the area of children’s grief including educators, volunteers, and other professional counselors working in play therapy.  She most enjoys working in play therapy and oversees CBC’s Little Hearts group.