Grief Education Institute

The Grief Education Institute offers healthcare professionals, educators and clergy the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills that will strengthen their ability to assist children and families grieving the loss of a loved one.  The Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas’ philosophy is that each person’s journey through grief is unique and that no child should have to walk through this painful process alone.

The Institute’s experienced faculty offers an annual series of presentations and workshops.  These topics range from healing through expressive arts to the physiological impact that accompanies complicated grief. CEU’s are provided for mental health professionals and clergy.

The Grief Education Institute of the Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas also offers consultation opportunities to enhance trainings that are currently in place or in the planning phase at your organization. Center staff will work with your organization to incorporate our model of healing through expressive arts and bereavement counseling.  A fee based schedule allows on site and telephone consultations. Contact the Executive Director of the Center for more information.

Beyond the Walls: Additional training videos and webinars available HERE.

2019 – 2020 Program Schedule

The 2019-2020 Grief Education Institute series is made possible by Valero Energy Foundation. 

Creating Inclusion and Support for Children Experiencing Traumatic Loss and Grief
presented by Emilio Parga, M.Ed., Executive Director of The Solace Tree
Friday, February 1, 2019

Clinical Suicide Risk Assessment and Safety Planning with Children and Adolescents
presented by Dr. Ryan Hill
Friday, April 5, 2019

Honoring through SandTray Process: Experiencing a Deeper Sense of Self
presented by: Melissa Dilworth, MA, LPC-AT-S, RPT -S, and Vicki Williams-Patterson, MCAT, LPC-ATF
Friday, September 13, 2019

Fall Counselor and Social Worker Open House
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

CANCELLED – Living With Being Mortal
presented by: Peggy Armstrong, LPC, LMFT
**This training is cancelled and may be rescheduled at a later time. Please check back for more information. Thank you for your support.**

Loss and Grief Becoming Tangible Through the Arts
presented by: Gabriela Gamez BA, MPS, ATR-BC LCAT
Friday, January 10, 2020

6th Annual G.E.I. Symposium
The Anxious Child: Risk & Promise

presentation by Ira Chasnoff, MD
Friday, March 6, 2020

Physiology of Trauma
presented by: Sara Mann, MS, School Trauma Specialist
Sunday, September 20, 2020

Fall Counselor & Social Worker Open House
Thursday, October 8, 2020

For more information regarding location, time, registration fees, and availability of CEUs, please visit our Events Calendar. Note: registration is on a space-available basis.