This practical, innovative workshop offers participants opportunities for learning and reflection on the psychospiritual dimensions of bereavement among children, adolescents, parental caregivers and families. Dr. Tonya Armstrong describes children’s psychosocial and spiritual needs and responses at varying developmental stages, the challenges involved for families in being supportive for children during their own grief, and creative avenues for family healing. Using didactic material, group discussion and an experiential exercise, participants will enhance their ability to implement effective strategies for psychospiritual bereavement care.
Tonya Armstrong is a Licensed Psychologist and Pastoral Theologian at the Institute on Care at the End of Life at Duke Divinity School, and Minister of Congregational Care and Counseling at Union Baptist Church in Durham. Dr. Armstrong has clinical and consulting experience in various inpatient and outpatient settings, and currently serves youth and their families in the community. Throughout her work, Dr. Armstrong seeks the faithful integration of theology and mental health care, particularly in the development of caring practices for bereaved youth and their families.