Live Program

Bereaved Students Schools and Communities: A 4-part webinar series for School Nurses & School Mental Health Professionals

Time: 5:00 pm ET
Location: live webinar via Zoom
Cost: $79
Contact Hours: 6.0

Bereaved Students, Schools and Communities

Strategies and Solutions for the Post-COVID Epidemic of Grief

A 4-part webinar series for School Nurses & School Mental Health Professionals

Wednesdays, May 5, 12, 19, and 26

5:00 - 6:30 pm ET

5:00 - 7:00 pm ET  - May 12th only

6.0 contact hours for nurses & school mental health professionals; $79

Part 1:  How Students Understand Grief and Loss

Part 2:  Screening and Discussion of Beautiful Something Left Behind

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Part 3:  Roles and Strategies for School Nurses & School Mental Health Professionals

Part 4: Engaging School and Community Support



  Jesse Bassett MDiv     

Jesse Bassett, MDiv, BA   

Jesse Bassett is the Director of Education for Good Grief, a nonprofit organization based in New Jersey. Good Grief’s mission is to build resilience in children, strengthen families, and empower communities to grow from loss and adversity. As Director of Education, Jesse works with professionals from schools, healthcare, funeral homes, faith organizations, and community agencies to provide training and resources on grief and loss, childhood bereavement, and fostering resilience. Jesse holds a BA in Philosophy and a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary where he focused his studies on ethics and counseling.


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Donna Gaffney, DNSc, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN

Dr. Donna Gaffney, a psychotherapist and former faculty member at Columbia University, has long addressed loss and grief in children’s lives. She has counseled young people, families, and educators in the aftermath of individual tragedies and national disasters. As a member of the New Jersey Traumatic Loss Coalition, she collaborated with schools and communities after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and co-produced Remembering September 11, A Guide for Schools. Donna founded the For Action Initiative, a K-12 curriculum and website offering educational tools to support teachers and students in the aftermath of 9/11. While at Columbia University Donna created and administered the AAUW-funded trauma-focused bibliotherapy program, Growing Heroines, at one of New York City’s largest elementary schools. Along with the Good Grief team, she is developing a discussion guide for the 2020 SXSW film festival documentary winner, Beautiful Something Left Behind. Donna holds master’s degrees from Teachers College, Columbia University and Rutgers University and earned her doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a consultant for the New York Life Foundation and facilitates workshops for the Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards program. Donna has a private practice in the New York metropolitan area.


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Learning Outcomes:

  • Describe foundational concepts of death, loss and bereavement in the lives of children and families
  • Describe how the pandemic has increased deaths and other losses in the lives of students, school staff, and communities
  • Describe how students of color have been disproportionally affected by the pandemic by loss of life, supports and educational resources
  • Identify manifestations of childhood grief
  • Describe how students, bereaved by death and other losses, respond in social settings
  • Identify how school staff can identify grief among students, school staff and communities
  • Identify effective strategies to assist students who have experienced a death or another loss
  • Describe how to develop partnerships with child bereavement centers, libraries and non-profits in communities to promote health and well-being in the face of loss
  • Identify training and education programs to assist school staff and families

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Continuing Education Information:

Northeastern University School of Nursing is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.ANCC Logo Jing

MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education  Provider Number 2019U003

Commercial Support Disclosure:

This program has not received commercial support.

Conflict of Interest Information:

The planners of this educational activity have no conflict of interest to declare. The speakers have no conflict of interest to declare unless otherwise indicated prior to their presentations.


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