Over the past 25 years, the development of the childhood bereavement arena has flourished. Advances in practice, programming and research have been substantial in many arenas. This presentation will explore how scholars and practicioners have forged pathways that explore the unique grief experiences of African children, families and communities. The presenter will highlight some of critical work at genesis of this movement and explore pathways for future development and greater inclusion through the works of current and past scholars, clinicians, leaders and organizations.
About the Presenter
Kevin R. Carter, LCSW, currently serves as the Clinical Director for the Center for Grieving Children. Prior to the current position Kevin practiced in a variety of settings as a clinician, administrator and educator in community mental health, residential care for adolescents, hospice child/teen bereavement and also served as a field director in social work education. His primary interests are in grief/loss/trauma and in particular, how these issues impact children, youth and families in African American communities across the United States.
(1) Participants will explore some of the unique challenges of African American children and families and their adaptive strategies in facing the enduring pain of loss, grief and vulnerability.
(2) Participants will learn strategies to examine their own individual and agency practices to further ground them in social justice, family and strengths-based foundations.
(3) Participants will reflect on Black Experience-Based Social Work as a model for current and future development of bereavement study, policy and practice.
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