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Working with Grief and Loss with At-Risk Youth

  • Lincoln 51 Marina Boulevard Pittsburg, CA, 94565 United States (map)

In this training, participants will expand their understanding of grief and loss to incorporate more of a trauma lens, especially as applicable to at-risk youth and their families. This includes exploring some of the potential differences in the grief process for youth with a trauma history in contrast to some of the more common grief processing models. We will explore the important link between unresolved grief and loss to community violence and examine some of the factors affecting if/how youth move through their grief. We also identify key strategies therapists can use to support youth both emotionally and cognitively, and the critical role a therapist can play in the healing process. Through this training, participants will be able to expand their understanding of grief and loss beyond the physical loss of another being, and understand the therapist’s role in re-humanizing the loss experience. This training is appropriate for direct service providers that work with youth in various treatment settings, including agency and community settings.

Learning Objectives

• Name at least 6 factors that affect how someone moves through a crisis/loss.
• Identify key differences between tangible and intangible loss and the impact on the grieving process.
• Define some of the nuances in an at-risk youth’s grief process in contrast to some of the more common grief process models.
• List additional strategies to support an adolescent’s healing through both the cognitive and emotional dimensions.


Kristie Potter, M.A., LMFT & LPCC has worked with vulnerable youth and their families for more than 25 years in residential, in-home, school and community-based agency services. For the past 16 years she has worked with families and youth involved in the juvenile justice system as a part of network of 20 agencies serving at-risk youth across Alameda County. In 2003, she also began facilitating the Parent Project®, an evidence-based parent training program developed in Southern California for parents who are coping with more serious adolescent behaviors. Since that time, she has facilitated over 25 classes with more than 350 parents who have participated in the program. In additional to her continuing clinical work with teens and their families from diverse cultures and socio-economic backgrounds, Kristie Potter specializes in providing trauma informed and culturally relevant training and supervision to agency staff and interns.

Continuing Education

This course meets the qualifications for two (2) CEUs for LPCCs, LCSWs and MFTs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences and is provided by Lincoln under CAMFT's Continuing Education Provider Program (CEPA), #133478.

Training Registration Policy

Registration closes a week prior to the training and we cannot accept late registrations. Thank you for your understanding.

Training Cancellation Policy

If we cancel training or special event as a result of low registration, for example, registrants will be notified by email or phone one week prior to the training date and receive a full refund. Where courses are cancelled for reasons beyond our control, then registrants will be given shorter notice and will receive a full refund. If a registrant cannot attend training and contacts the Training Institute within 72 hours of the training or special event to cancel, a full refund will be issued. If a registrant contacts the Training Institute outside of the 72 hour period, a refund will not be issued.


In accordance with California Civil Code Section 54.1 any disabled person who may require accommodations to participate in our trainings or special events, please contact the Training Institute at 510-273-4700, x4132 at least 3 days in advance.


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