Grief and Loss Specialist
" I just completed the Grief and Loss Specialist. What a great course. Just goes to show you no matter how long you have been doing something you can always learn."
-- Tim Miholich, School Counselor/Student Advisor, Westwood High School 

Many children will experience the death of a loved one during their formative years. Grief manifests itself in various ways and everyone expresses grief differently. Grief can affect children’s emotions, attitudes, social interactions, sleep, appetite and overall health all of which can impact their ability to succeed in school. Sometimes, entire schools can experience grief as a result of the death of a student or faculty member.

Learn how you can support your students through their grief, and how you as the school counselor can play a crucial role in developing a successful response plan to help your school community cope with the loss and overcome their grief. 

Learning objectives:
Upon completion of this training, participants should be able to:
  • Explain ways that students at different development stages understand death and grieve
  • Identify ways to support grieving children and adolescents.
  • Identify ways to help a student cope with death
  • Brainstorm ways to implement a grief support group
  • Discuss how the school as a whole can help students through grief
  • Develop a school intervention plan for your school community after a death
  • Recognize when outside help is needed
  • Respect different cultural attitudes toward loss and grief
Earn the Grief and Loss Specialist designation to be best prepared to support students in your school suffering from grief and loss. The Grief and Loss Specialist training is $99 ($249 for nonmembers) and is equal to 5 CEUs/50 Contact Hours. Graduate credit is now available for individuals who complete the Grief and Loss Specialist Training after October 1, 2017. Click here for more information. 

To earn the Grief and Loss Specialist certificate, you will read/view the following materials and take a short quiz online about each to indicate mastery of the subject matter. Once you have passed all the quizzes, the CEUs will be posted to your CEU records online, and you’ll receive a certificate suitable for framing in the mail. It can take up to three weeks for your certificate to arrive.The Specialist designation is good for five years. Please note, access to all webinars, journal article, magazine articles and quizzes is included in the registration price. Books must be purchased separately. 

Additional Resource
The Coalition to Support Grieving Students

How to Get Started
1. Register here to sign up for the Grief and Loss Specialist training. 

2, Read/view the above assignments. For the webinars and presentations some users may need to download the g2m4 codec to play archived webinar recordings.

3. Take the quizzes. Once you've registered for the training, log into the ASCA website, click on "My ASCA" and then click on "ASCA Quizzes." You must score 100 percent on each quiz to pass. You may take each quiz as many times as necessary. Please note, if you're working on a Mac, we recommend using Firefox or Google Chrome rather than Safari for best interface with the quiz software. And if you're working on a PC and the quizzes aren't showing up properly, make sure your Internet browser is the most up-to-date version.