News from Dougy Center, December 2022

Upcoming Events

26th Annual Porsche Boxster Raffle

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Support Dougy Center through the Willamette Week Give!Guide

Through Dec. 31, 2022

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Virtual Professional Seminar

January 23-27, 2023

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Volunteer Facilitator Training

January 28 & 29, 2023

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Join Dougy Center for the Virtual Professional Seminar, January 23-27, 2023

Are you a helping professional who works with kids and families who are grieving?

Join Dougy Center’s knowledgeable staff for an opportunity to explore the fundamentals of grief education across the lifespan. While the majority of helping professionals do not have formal grief education, the 2023 Virtual Professional Seminar will provide the tools and information to become grief-informed. Learn with colleagues from around the United States and beyond who support, or plan to support, children and families who are grieving.

Learn how to:

  1. Identify the core principles and tenets of grief-informed practice
  2. Develop awareness of personal beliefs, biases, and attitudes about loss and grief
  3. Broaden your knowledge base about loss, grief, and developmental considerations of people who are grieving across the lifespan
  4. Support individuals who are grieving using grief-informed best practices and resources
  5. Practice and incorporate grief-informed language in personal and professional settings

The training will also include a live Q&A with Dr. Donna Schuurman. Dr. Schuurman is an internationally recognized authority on grief and bereaved children, teens, and families. Donna has worked directly with families and communities impacted by large-scale tragedies, including the Oklahoma City bombing (1995), Japan’s Great Hanshin Earthquake (1995), the 9/11 Attacks, Tohoku Earthquake (2011), and the Sandy Hook school shootings (2012).

The Virtual Professional Seminar is January 23-27, 2023 from 10 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Pacific each day. Tuition is $899 with group discounts available. There are only 20 spaces available. Find out more and register here.

Please note that this seminar is similar in content and has overlap with our online introductory course, Supporting Children, Teens, and Young Adults Who are Grieving.

Three ways to support Dougy Center this season

Dougy Center programs and resources are provided at no cost to families and would not be possible without your generous support. There are many ways you can help kids and families who are grieving during this challenging season. Here are a few:

Buy a Porsche Boxster Raffle ticket. Tickets are now on sale for 26th Annual Porsche Boxster Raffle and only 2,500 tickets will be sold. All ticket-holders will also be entered to win three $500 cash prize drawings. Participate here. Thank you to Porsche Beaverton.

Help a grieving family today. Please consider making a year-end gift to help fund our peer grief support programs and resources for children, teens, young adults, and their families who are grieving before and after a death. Donate here.

Pick something on our Wish List. Help Dougy Center with supplies needed for our peer support groups — both in-person and virtual. Your purchase can be shipped directly to Dougy Center and put to good use. Find our Wish List here.

New toolkit for supporting children and teens after a death from COVID

Thanks to a generous grant from the Brave of Heart Fund, Dougy Center will launch a new online toolkit later this month focused on supporting children and teens after a death from COVID-19.

The toolkit will include tip sheets, activities, podcast episodes, and more in both English and Spanish. All resources are available at no cost.

The Brave of Heart Fund was established in 2020 to provide charitable grants and emotional support services to families of the frontline healthcare workers, volunteers, and support staff whose lives were lost in the fight against COVID-19. It continues to offer support to these bereaved families via partnerships with non-profit organizations aligned with the fund's core purposes.

The Brave of Heart toolkit will be available on before the end of the year.

Activity: What I know

Do you have questions about how your person died? Have kids or adults in your world said things that you know aren’t true? Download this activity sheet and write or draw about it.

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