Virtual Learning Library
The Trauma and Grief (TAG) Center's Virtual Learning Library offers free webinars and resources focusing on childhood trauma and grief to key audiences: parents and caregivers, mental health clinicians, educators, health care providers, law enforcement, and other professionals working with children and adolescents who have experienced trauma and loss.
A Special Thanks
The Virtual Learning Library was developed with philanthropic investment from our partner, the New York Life Foundation.
Trauma & Grief Focused Webinars
Addressing Childhood Trauma & Grief to Promote Child & Family Resilience
This presentation examines how trauma and grief reactions manifest in children and adolescents, especially in the context of the pandemic, and how they impact learning and behavior, particularly within under-resourced communities. Dr. Kaplow provides guidance to educators, youth-serving organizations, and caregivers about trauma- and grief-informed best practices.
Supporting Students Exposed to Trauma & Grief: Tips for Teachers
What exactly does it mean to be “trauma- and grief-informed”? This presentation seeks to answer this question and more, providing concrete strategies for teachers to implement in their classroom to help create a safe environment that fosters resilience and connections with students.
Manifestations of Grief in Children & Adolescents: Applications for Pediatricians
How do we best support a child who is grieving? This training explores key considerations for health care providers working with bereaved youth and their families.
Understanding & Supporting Grieving Youth: A Scientist-Practitioner Approach
A “one-size-fits-all” approach to grief support is typically ineffective. Professionals must decide which type of grief support and practice elements are most appropriate based on the unique needs and strengths of the children they serve. This workshop describes specific bereavement-related challenges that youth typically face after the death of a loved one and reviews evidence-based practices that can support them.
The Cost of Caring: Supporting the Supporters
During the COVID-19 pandemic, educators, mental health clinicians, and health care providers have had the strenuous task of caring for their students, clients, or patients, while caring for their own families and themselves. This presentation explores the ways our work as helping professionals impacts us individually. Participants will be given tools to decrease the risk for compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, secondary traumatic stress, and burn-out.
TAG Center Handouts
Guidelines for Caregivers Supporting Grieving Youth
This handout developed by the Trauma and Grief Center is for parents, caregivers, or other adults seeking to help bereaved youth after the death of a loved one.VIEW RESOURCE
Power of Parenting Series
The following Power of Parenting series is co-sponsored by the New York Life Foundation and the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. In partnership with researchers, clinicians, and individuals with lived experience, Dr. Julie Kaplow developed these resources to help parents and caregivers support children facing bereavement, including in the context of the pandemic.
Helping Children Cope with the Impending Death of a Loved One
Guidance for caregivers on addressing the impending death of a loved one due to COVID-19 including anticipating a death, preparing a child for the death, and saying goodbye.
Addressing Fears & Feelings from Prior Losses
Fact sheet for caregivers about addressing fears and feelings from prior losses that could arise during the COVID-19 pandemic including information on loss and trauma reminders, coping with separation, and the mind-body connection.
Mourning the Death of a Loved One
Caregiver guidance on mourning the death of a loved one due to COVID-19 offering information on saying goodbye when you couldn’t be there, understanding developmental differences in behaviors associated with grief, and seeking alternative support if needed.
Talking to Your Child About a Suicide Death
This fact sheet for parents and caregivers offers guidance on talking to children about a suicide death including preparing to tell children about a suicide death, helping them grieve in healthy ways, and recognizing when a child may need additional support.
How to Help Your Child After the Death of a Sibling from Substance Use or Overdose
Fact sheet for caregivers offers guidance on supporting their surviving children after the death of a sibling due to substance use or overdose. Information includes helping children cope with stigma and shame, understanding the wide range of reactions that family members may experience, coping with how substance use influences the family over time, adapting to loss, and prioritizing self-care and support for the parents or caregivers.
Trauma & Grief Center Empirical Papers
This sampling of research studies led by the Trauma and Grief Center team provides the basis for our work in developing, evaluating, and disseminating best practices and policies for youth exposed to trauma and bereavement:
- Alvis, L., Dodd, C., Oosterhoff, B., Hill, R., Rolon-Arroyo, B., Logsdon, T., Layne, C., & Kaplow, J. B. (in press). Caregiver behaviors and childhood maladaptive grief: Initial validation of the Grief Facilitation Inventory. Death Studies.
- Dodd, C. Hill, R., Oosterhoff, B., Layne, C.M., & Kaplow, J.B. (2019). The Hurricane Exposure, Adversity, and Recovery Tool (HEART): Developing and validating a risk screening instrument for youth exposed to Hurricane Harvey. Journal of Family Strengths, 19(1), 1-28.
- Douglas, R., Alvis, L., Rooney, E., Busby, D., & Kaplow, J. (in press) Racial, ethnic, and neighborhood income disparities in childhood trauma and grief reactions: Exploring potential indirect effects through trauma and bereavement exposure. Journal of Traumatic Stress.
- Hill, R., Oosterhoff, B., Layne, C., Rooney, E., Yudovich, S., Pynoos, R., & Kaplow, J. (2019). Multidimensional Grief Therapy: Pilot open trial of a novel intervention for bereaved children and adolescents. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 28(11), 3062-3074.
- Kaplow, J.B., Howell, K.H. & Layne, C.M. (2014). Do circumstances of the death matter? Identifying socioenvironmental risks for grief-related psychopathology in bereaved youth. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 27(1), 42-49.
- Kaplow, J. B., Layne, C., Oosterhoff, B., Goldenthal, H., Howell, K., Wamser‐Nanney, R., … Pynoos, R. (2018). Validation of the Persistent Complex Bereavement Disorder (PCBD) Checklist: A developmentally informed assessment tool for bereaved youth. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 31(2), 244–254.
- Kaplow, J.B., Layne, C.M., Saltzman, W.R., Cozza, S.J., & Pynoos, R.S. (2013). Using Multidimensional Grief Theory to explore effects of deployment, reintegration, and death on military youth and families. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 16, 322-340.
- Kaplow, J.B., Rolon-Arroyo, B., Layne, C.M., Rooney, E., Oosterhoff, B., Hill, R., Steinberg, A., Lotterman, J., Gallagher, K., & Pynoos, R.S. (2020). Validation of the UCLA PTSD Reaction Index for DSM-5 (RI-5): A developmentally-informed assessment tool for trauma-exposed youth. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 59(1), 186-194.
- Kaplow, J.B., Wamser-Nanney, R., Layne, C.M., Burnside, A., King, C., Li-Jung, L., Steinberg, A., Briggs, E., Suarez, L., & Pynoos, R. (2020). Identifying bereavement-related markers of mental and behavioral health problems among clinic-referred adolescents. Psychiatric Research and Clinical Practice. doi.org/10.1176/appi.prcp.20190021
- Oosterhoff, B., Kaplow, J. B., & Layne, C. (2018). Links between bereavement due to sudden death and academic functioning: Results from a nationally representative sample of adolescents. School Psychology Quarterly, 33(3), 372–380.