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Understanding Childhood Traumatic Loss Through the Lens of Multidimensional Grief Theory

Understanding Childhood Traumatic Loss Through the Lens of Multidimensional Grief Theory

About This Webinar

The death of a loved one in childhood is one of the most common adversities that an individual may face, with an estimated 6 million children experiencing the death of a parent or sibling before the age of 18 (Childhood Bereavement Estimate Model National Report, 2023). While most bereaved youth are resilient, research shows that, for some, bereavement can adversely affect long-term functioning in multiple life domains.

Traumatic losses or stigmatized deaths, such as suicide, can amplify psychological distress in grieving youth. Military service providers are uniquely positioned to help support children facing suicide-related losses. This webinar describes manifestations of trauma and grief in children, how their intersection can impact learning and behavior, and how to know when a grieving child is in need of therapeutic intervention.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe Multidimensional Grief Theory and Interpersonal-Psychological Theory of Suicide
  • Identify the three dimensions of grief
  • Understand specific bereavement-related challenges among youth exposed to suicide death
  • Recognize the differences between traumatic stress reactions, grief reactions, trauma reminders and loss reminders


Julie Kaplow, PhD, ABPP

Dr. Julie Kaplow is a licensed clinical psychologist, board certified in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. Dr. Kaplow serves as Executive Vice President of Trauma and Grief Programs and Policy at the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute and Executive Director of the Trauma and Grief (TAG) Center at The Hackett Center for Mental Health in Houston. She is also Executive Director of the TAG Center at Children’s Hospital New Orleans and Professor of Psychiatry at Tulane University School of Medicine. In these roles, she oversees the development and evaluation of treatments for traumatized and bereaved youth and disseminates trauma- and bereavement-informed β€œbest practices” to community providers nationwide.

Continuing education credit is available.

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