SY028: Review and Discussion of Tools to Assist Grieving Students

Friday, February 15, 2013 4:00 PM–5:20 PM


This symposium explores bereavement issues within schools with an emphasis on cultural issues and empirically supported treatments. The first presentation explores sudden death, which presents unique challenges for school psychologists helping students and families coping with loss. The second paper discusses culturally sensitive narrative therapy techniques, specifically, to assist professionals struggling with anticipatory grief and loss of close family members or friends. The final presentation considers supportive classroom interventions following the death of a classmate, including bibliotherapy.


Shane R. Jimerson, PhD, NCSP, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA; Jacqueline A. Brown, University of Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA; Victoria A. Comerchero, Touro College Graduate School of Psychology, New York, NY; Angel Canto, Florida State University, Talahassee, FL; Catherine Bergeson, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT; Eric Pierson, Ball State University, Muncie, IN; Melissa Allen, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT