REACHING STUDENTS WHO HURT: Teaching Kids With Trauma & Loss

Counseling & Special Ed

Most students experience some form of loss in their lives, and the grief that results can profoundly affect their academic performance, emotional stability, and social interactions. This class will help educators understand and respond to the extraordinary challenges that children may face when dealing with grief and loss.

You will learn strategies to help students affected by divorce, the death of a parent, relative, friend, or pet; violence; chronic illness, and more.  This class will examine grief experiences at different developmental levels and will give you strategies to:

  1. Respond appropriately to expressions of grief from children and adolescents
  2. Help students handle some of the emotions associated with loss
  3. Determine when to refer a child to a specialist
  4. Respect cultural attitudes towards grief and loss
  5. Understand and identify risk taking behaviors and suicide

This course is appropriate for those working in all grades, K-12 including teachers, para-educators, counselors, and other support personnel.


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Text, When Kids are Grieving: Addressing Grief and Loss in School by Donna Burns, is approximately $22 from Amazon. Read one of the books in the Bibliography of this syllabus. These books may be obtained from school or public libraries or ordered on

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Course No. ED464z, ED564z

Tuition $380 ‑ $495

Quarter Credits 6

Trauma and loss are constant companions for many children today. Whether from divorce, death of a loved one, abandonment, abuse, rejection, or another difficult scenario, educators benefit by understanding the impact of these losses. Strategies to help the grieving child and interventions to  assist their academic progress will be provided. Appropriate for P-12 including administrators, counselors, and other support service individuals.

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