KABC, March 19, 2013: Childhood Grief and Traumatic Loss Conference

Posted by on Mar 20, 2013 in News, Press | 0 comments

Hathaway-Sycamores' Arvis Jones

Hathaway-Sycamores’ Arvis Jones

The Ninth Annual California Conference Childhood Grief and Traumatic Loss – Restoring Joy to Children and Families was held at the Pasadena Convention Center, March 19, 2013. The KABC news story about the Conference highlights how Hathaway-Sycamores’ Arvis Jones helps healing begin. Click here to watch the story. 

The Conference, which is the largest of its kind nationwide, hosted over 500 mental health professionals, grieving families, and community representatives interested in resources and techniques for treating childhood grief and loss. Co-founded in 2004 by Hathaway-Sycamores’ Center for Grief and Loss for Children’s Executive Director Joan Cochran, this year’s conference also included workshops focusing on: including children in funeral rituals; promoting healing in grieving children after traumatic death; threat assessment and public schools; advances in responding to school violence; therapy interventions for preschool children dealing with death and loss.

Arvis Jones, Assistant Director of Hathaway-Sycamores’ Center for Grief and Loss for Children, sat on a panel entitled “LAPD Collaboration With Grief and Trauma in The Streets” which highlight a one-of-a-kind collaboration between the Center for Grief and Loss and the LAPD – and the positive impact this partnership has had on kids who’ve lost loved ones. In addition to Jones, workshop speakers included LAPD Southeast Division Captain Phillip Tingrides and Lilly Vega, mother of slain baby Angel, who discussed how the Center helped young members of her extended family cope with the tragedy. As the only area organization that focuses exclusively on children’s grief, the Center is a standard-setting resource that can provide in-home therapeutic services, as well as free support groups through its Los Angeles and Pasadena offices.

First responders to family violence are often family members or friends. The devastating wake following family violence can have lifetime implications and memories for survivors. The support and guidance given in the first hours and days following are vital in assisting survivors to begin the journey of recovery. In the Southeast Division of The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) that also encompasses the area of Watts, this is especially true. The workshop was a presentation on how the LAPD is currently involved in Community Policing and how that relates to Grief. This presentation explored how The Center for Grief and Loss for Children is supported in the community as first responders during times of death, and violence by LAPD through a collaboration with The Center.

The conference is a collaboration of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, the Department of Mental Health and Public Health, the Los Angeles County of Office of Education, ICAN/ICAN Associates, The Center for Grief and Loss for Children, a Program of Hathaway-Sycamores, The California Association for Child Life Professionals.

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