The Building Blocks of Competence: Exploring Grief Work and School Collaboration
Grief, competency, and school collaboration are all common themes in child life; however, the connection between these areas is often underexplored. Shedding light on the significance of the relationship between these topics, this presentation will provide insight into grief work as it relates to child life practice and school partnerships. This webinar will highlight three areas—theory, intervention, and advocacy—to build upon our competence surrounding grief, and explore new avenues to empower patients, families, and school staff regarding death and the grieving process. Participants will acquire new insights to move from knowledge to application, gaining tools to enhance collaboration with school systems and advance both their school reintegration and child life practice.
After this webinar, participants will have:
an understanding of the theories and models of grief as they relate to competency in child life.
strategies to increase collaboration with school systems regarding grief and loss.
the ability to recognize resources for students, families and staff to support positive coping and enhance school reintegration practice.
MS, CCLS, NCC
Jessica Hotchkiss works at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, TN. Prior to arriving at St. Jude, she worked for five years at Sanford Children's Hospital in Fargo, ND. Jessica completed her master's degree in counseling at North Dakota State University, and is currently working on her doctorate in counselor education and supervision and her certificate in grief counseling. Being certified as both a child life specialist and National Certified Counselor has provided her with unique opportunities to work with children and families during moments of crisis, trauma, and end-of-life, in both the hospital and school settings. Her research focuses on school reintegration for children with medical conditions, relational-cultural theory, bereavement, and trauma.