Presented by Julie Kaplow, PhD, ABPP
Using both clinical material and empirical research, this workshop will provide an overview of the ways in which children utilize spiritual beliefs to cope with the death of a loved one. We will examine children’s spiritual beliefs in the context of Multidimensional Grief Theory and identify ways in which these beliefs can help them to overcome specific bereavement-related challenges. This workshop will also include hands-on exercises as well as videotaped interviews with bereaved youth to further explore how children’s spiritual beliefs can be harnessed to support adaptive grieving.
1. Learners will be able to identify three dimensions of grief, as described by multidimensional grief theory.
2. Learners will be able to describe ways in which specific spiritual beliefs can be beneficial to children following a death.
3. Learners will recognize ethical challenges with regard to the utilization of spirituality/religiosity in a therapeutic context.
$45 with 3 CEUs
$30 without CEUs
$5 student rate (no CEUs)
About the Speaker:
Julie Kaplow, PhD, ABPP, is a licensed clinical psychologist and board certified in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. She holds a primary appointment as Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and an adjunct appointment in the Department of Palliative Care at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Kaplow also serves as Director of the Trauma and Grief Center at Texas Children’s Hospital, a designated Treatment and Service Adaptation Center of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network specializing in child and adolescent trauma and bereavement. She is also responsible for the oversight of trauma- and bereavement-informed services provided to victims of the Santa Fe High School shooting at the Resiliency Center in Santa Fe, Texas. Dr. Kaplow has published widely on the topics of childhood trauma and bereavement including articles focusing on the psychological and behavioral consequences of sexual abuse in youth, age-specific manifestations of grief, grief- and trauma-related methodological issues, and developmental models of bereavement-related risk and resilience. She has served as a consultant to the DSM-5 Sub-Work Group on Persistent Complex Bereavement Disorder as well as the ICD-11 Work Group on Disorders Associated with Stress (PTSD and Prolonged Grief).