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The Hospice Foundation of America's 2014 Living with Grief Program

Helping Adolescents Cope with Loss

Thursday, September 18, 2014
8:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Sleep Inn and Suites Conference Center
5872 33rd Ave. Eau Claire, WI (715-874-2900)


Loss During Adolescence

Adolescence is a significant developmental period during which individuals form identity, independence, and intimacy. Illness and loss significantly influence this development. More recently we have noticed that adolescent encounters with loss are more prevalent and traumatic - ranging from death by accident, suicide or homicide. This program will explore the ways that healthcare workers, social workers, educators and others can help adolescents cope with loss. 

At the conclusion of this program, you will be able to:

  • Identify the three developmental issues encountered in adolescence and indicate the ways that encounters with death, grief and loss can complicate adolescent development.
  • Describe the ways that the developmental issues of adolescence can both complicate and facilitate the ability of the adolescent to cope with life-threatening illness and identify issues that should be addressed in providing care for adolescents as well as their peers and siblings during life-threatening illness.
  • Discuss the ways that adolescents experience grief and cope with loss, noting the ways that schools and other professionals can offer strategies to help adolescents cope with loss.
  • Describe the ways that sudden and traumatic deaths complicate the grieving process, noting strategies and processes for schools and other organizations to respond to a tragedy or traumatic loss such as an accident, suicide or violent event.
  • Discuss the value and approaches of intervention strategies with grieving adolescents, such as peer support groups, bibliotherapy, individual counseling and expressive therapies.

Who Should Attend

Clergy, counselors, nurses, nursing home administrators, social workers, case managers, psychologists, physicians, funeral directors, marriage and family therapists, caregivers, and those working with death, dying, grief or bereavement.

Expert Panelists

Dan Lynch, L.P.C. 
Mayo Clinic Health Systems 

Dan Lynch is a licensed professional counselor at Mayo Clinic Health Systems in Eau Claire, WI.  He specializes in patients ages 13 and older.

Dr. Jennifer Muehlenkamp, Assistant Professor Psychology
University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire

Dr. Muehlenkamp is a licensed clinical psychologist and associate professor at UWEC. She is a recognized expert on the topic of suicide and self-injury in youth and young adults.

Dr. Leah Olson- McBride, Assistant Professor Social Work
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Leah Olson-McBride received her MSW from Loyola University Chicago and her PhD from Louisiana State University.  Prior to joining the faculty at UW-Eau Claire, Dr. Olson-McBride worked as a clinical social worker with adolescents and their families. 

Dr. Lisa Quinn-Lee, Assistant Professor Social Work
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Lisa Quinn-Lee, PhD, MSSW, LICSW is an assistant professor in the social work department at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.  She has over 10 years of experience working as a grief therapist and hospice social worker, with a focus on child and adolescent grief.  She teaches a class on death and bereavement, and also does research in the areas of grief and loss.

Amy Segerstrom, L.P.C.
The Healing Place

Amy Segerstrom, MS, LPC, is the coordinator of The Healing Place: Center for Life’s Journeys, an outreach program of Sacred Heart Hospital. She provides psychotherapy to individuals, both adults and children that are grieving the loss of a loved one. She is also a trained spiritual director. CEUs |

CEUs | Contact Hours

This program is valid for three (3) hours of CE credit.  The CE cost, for any professional board, is $25 per person until April 9, 2015. HFA is approved by over 70 professional boards nationwide; available to attendees on HFA's CE site ( for the above-mentioned fees. To view the list of professions/boards that have approved this program please click here.


$49 per person (3 CH, through the Hospice Foundation of America)
$120 per person (7 CH – combine Ethics and Boundaries with the Hospice Foundation of America’s Helping Adolescents Cope with Loss program)

Combine and Save

SPECIAL EVENT only on September 18 in Eau Claire

  • Combine Ethics and Boundaries End of Life Care with Hospice Foundation of America’s Helping Adolescents Cope with Loss and receive an $18 discount on the combined price.
  • Video and panel discussion from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. followed by End of Life Care from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Earn up to 7 contact hours for the full day! Please note: The 3 contact hours for Helping Adolescents Cope with Loss require an additional $25 fee paid directly to HFA.
  • Join us for a networking lunch for an additional $12 fee – or have lunch on your own.
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