This workshop will provide an overview of what grief is, how to acknowledge it, and how to respond to youth who are experiencing grief. LTL is committed to increasing the capacity of our communities to respond effectively to grieving youth. The goal of our Supporting Youth Workshop is to enable family members, friends, teachers, anyone who loves or works with youth an opportunity to learn about grief in youth and how to support them through their grief.
Gaylene has been assisting clients professionally for over twenty years in a variety of capacities, including most recently as a Registered Clinical Counsellor. Gaylene has worked with children and youth who have experienced sexualized violence and/or other forms of complex trauma, as a school counsellor, and as a counseller and facilitator with Learning Through Loss. She and also maintains an established private practice. Prior to becoming an RCC, she led a team in assisting refugees and immigrants settle in Canada; supported people who were victims of crime and trauma through Victim Services, and worked in pastoral care. Gaylene’s own experiences with grief, trauma, and healing have informed her work, abilities, and passion. She has a BA in Intercultural Studies, and her Masters of Counselling from City University. Her favourite age group to with includes ages 12 to 25, but loves helping all age groups face challenges and move through them on their journey.