January Newsletter

What's coming up this month:

Webinars:Soaringwords’ Positive Psychology Master Class will take place Tuesday, January 27th at 2:00 Eastern with Lisa Bucksbaum. Positive Psychology is the study of what's right with people vs. traditional psychology that explores what's wrong with people.  Founded by Dr. Martin Seligman thirty years ago, this blossoming field has attracted many of the leading scientists in the world who are measuring positive interventions to help people experience more flourishing and well-being.  This fast-paced, highly engaging webinar will take you behind-the-scenes with cutting-edge developments from the leaders in the field of positive psychology.  Workshop includes discussion and hands-on exercises you can incorporate into your professional and personal life immediately.

Designing and Implementing a Program Evaluation Tool: Lessons and strategies learned from one organization's experience will take place Wednesday February 25th at 2:00 Eastern with Susan Giambalvo. Program evaluation is a critical step to ensure quality programming and demonstrate impact to current and potential funders.  It can also help potential participants understand how your services can help them.   This webinar will provide an overview of the process that the Center for Grieving Children followed to develop its tool for measuring impact and evaluating program outcomes for a peer support program.  Susan will provide an overview of relevant literature which informed this project, discuss considerations when designing a tool, strategies for an effective roll out and share preliminary results from the Center’s evaluation.  This webinar is appropriate for program and development staff.

For more information and to register for both of the above webinars click HERE.

You're Invited to attend the Launch of the Coalition to Support Grieving Students being held next Tuesday, January 13th in Washington D.C., RSVP Below
We cordially invite you to join us for the launch of the Coalition to Support Grieving Students, a groundbreaking collaboration among the leading professional organizations in the K-12 education space. Loss of a loved one while growing up is an all-too-common, yet under-addressed issue, particularly in the classroom where it can have a profound impact on the learning experience.  Almost 70 percent of teachers say they have at least one grieving student in their classrooms, and many indicate that bereavement can manifest itself in academic, social, emotional, and behavioral issues. Despite this, just 7 percent of educators reported having had any amount of training on how to support a grieving student. This event will take an in-depth look at the profound impact of grief in our nation’s schools, and unveil the first-ever comprehensive bereavement resource for educators. To RSVP, click HERE.

NAGC In The Media
In an effort to raise awareness for children's grief throughout the month of November and beyond, we issued a national press release via PR Newswire. We are happy to report that the press release was picked up by several media outlets across the country including, Yahoo Finance, Los Angeles Business, and Bloomberg Business Week. About Parenting also ran an article on children's grief, to read the article click here. In total we had over 240 placements of our press release that reached over 72 million people.  To view the press release click here.

In  the  News
Here is a link to an article regarding military families and grief. The article discusses the largest study of America's military families. Around 2,000 family members of service men and women who have died on active duty have been interviewed and interviews will continue through February. One of the study's goals is to discover what families need so that they can be better served. The final report from the study should be complete in 2017. To read the article click HERE.

Don't forget to participate in our NAGC Members Survey.  If you haven't had a chance to add your numbers, click HERE.

Spotlight A Member
Each month we are going to take a moment to spotlight an organization or two who are members of the NAGC and whose work we want to share with you. If you would like your organization to be in the spotlight please send the name of your organization and why to megan.lopez@chidrengrieve.org and watch for your organization to come up.

This month we would like to spotlight:

Olivia's House
Olivia’s House- A Grief and Loss Center for Children is currently featured on ABC's "Best Person in the World" series.  The Best Person in the World series is produced by ABC and Lincoln Square Productions in cooperation with Yahoo News.  Each person was individually selected through a careful vetting process.  There was a conscious effort on the part of the production team to choose the unsung hero.  People who do good work day in and day out; people who may not have been appreciated in the public eye.  Producers worked to choose dynamic stories and characters to tell about their efforts.  From creating limbs from printers, to counseling children, to farming and beyond - there are no topics off limits. The video on Olivia's House is currently online and can be seen HERE  Olivia's House has been serving grieving children and their families in south central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland since 2002.  Olivia's House offers a variety of no-cost programs and services to meet the many needs of grieving families.  These programs and services include: Pre-Death Support, Peer Support Programs, a Grief Lending Library, and Professional Mental Health Referrals.  More information on Olivia's House can be found at www.oliviashouse.org or on the Olivia's House Facebook page.

From Members Email
Don't forget our from members email goes out the first full week of the month and is a great way to get information out. We have added a new sction titled, What NAGC Members Want to Know. If you have a question about volunteer recruiting, curriculum, camps, or anything you want to ask your colleagues you can email them to megan.lopez@childrengrieve.org and we will add it. Then keep an eye out the following month for answers from your colleagues around the country. Don't forget all submissions must be sent in by the first Monday of the Month (January 5th). Submit HERE.

If you have not had a chance to renew your membership please join us today. Click HERE for more information and a list of membership benefits.


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