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Therapy for Children's Grief
10 CEUs 8 Strategies for Working with Grieving Children

Section 8
Appendix: Client Reproducible Worksheets


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Techniques for Coping with Denial
Review CD Track 1 for more information regarding these techniques.
Client reviews and utilizes the following procedures to help a grieving child cope with denial.
1. Talk to the child.  Use precise vocabulary.  Be honest.  Answer and ask questions.
2. Educate the child about death. 
3. Observe the child play acting.

Techniques for Coping with Anger
Review CD Track 2 for more information regarding these techniques.
Client reviews and utilizes the following procedures to help a grieving child cope with anger.
1. Encourage your child to engage in more physical activity, which can help reduce negative anger displays.
2. Give the child a tape recorder.
3. The child voices his or her feelings into the tape recorder.
4. The child plays back the recording.
5. The child erases the recording.

The "Identifying Triggers" Technique
Review CD Track 2 for more information regarding this technique.
Client reviews and utilizes the following procedures to identify and diffuse triggers.
1. List all obvious triggers.
2. Submit to a line of questioning to uncover any hidden triggers.
3. Discuss and diffuse triggers.

The "Reassigning Responsibility" Technique
Review CD Track 3 for more information regarding this technique.
Client reviews and utilizes the following procedures to get relief from guilty feelings.
1. Identify the guilty feeling.
2. Analyze the guilty feeling.
3. Dispute the guilty feeling.
4. Reassign responsibility through proper responsibility placement.

Techniques for Coping with Melancholic Features
Review CD Track 5 for more information regarding these techniques.
Client reviews and utilizes the following procedures to help a grieving child cope with depression.
1. Suggest the child draw a favorite, happy memory.
2. Focus on keepsakes, photographs, or make a scrapbook.

Techniques for Coping with Fear
Review CD Track 6 for more information regarding these techniques.
Client reviews and utilizes the following procedures to provide a grieving child with reassurance regarding fears.
1. Talk to your child about his or her bad dreams.
2. Suggest your child draw his or her bad dreams and then redraw the dream with a ‘happy ending’.
3. Reestablish and avoid disrupting your child’s routines.

The "Balloons" Technique
Review CD Track 6 for more information regarding these techniques.
Client reviews and utilizes the following procedures to help a grieving child overcome fears.
1. Explain the meaning of symbolism to the child.  For example, it is an object that stood for or represented an idea or feeling.
2. Let the child write his or her fears on some helium filled balloons.
3. Explain that by releasing the balloons, the child’s fears will be carried away.
4. Allow the child to release the balloons.
5. Explain the meaning of symbolism again.

 
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