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Professional School Counselors Address Grief and Loss: A Creative Group Counseling Intervention
Reshelle C. Marino, Mark D. Thornton, and Tyler Lange
Children and adolescents experience many types of loss, and as a result, grief is
often displayed within the school setting. Group counseling is an effective
intervention for children and adolescents who experience grief and loss.
Professional school counselors are highly trained and qualified to offer effective
interventions within a group counseling format. Creative interventions are
engaging and therapeutic, thus, serving as ideal interventions in which
professional school counselors can offer group counseling sessions. Utilizing
Marge Heegaard’s book, When Someone Very Special Dies: Children Can Learn
to Cope With Grief, the authors will offer a brief overview of 11 group
counseling sessions coupled with creative interventions for children and
adolescents to address grief and loss in a school setting. Implications for student
learning targets will be offered.