Webinar: Counseling Bereaved Teens - Bridging the Communication Gap

add to outlook calendar add to gmail calendar September 26, 2018, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM Eastern
Course Available | CE Credits available until September 25, 2019

Presented by the TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing®, this discussion with Pamela Gabbay, EdD, FT and Andy McNiel, MA from The Satori Group, LLC, and moderated by Tina Barrett, EdD, LCPC, from the Tamarack Grief Resource Center, will discuss techniques to effectively communicate with grieving teens. Professionals will learn tools and activities to build rapport, trust, and facilitate communication in a group or individual setting.



Pamela Gabbay

Pamela Gabbay, EdD, FT

Dr. Pamela Gabbay has spent the last 25 years working with grieving families and nationwide bereavement organizations. She is the Director of Operations and Training for The Compassionate Friends, a co-founder of The Satori Group, and a national trainer for The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). Dr. Gabbay is the co-author of Understanding and Supporting Bereaved Children, A Practical Guide for Professionals. She also serves on the Advisory Board for the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS). In her previous role as the Director of the Mourning Star Center for Grieving Children, Pamela worked extensively with local communities and with grieving adults, children, and their families. She also created and served as the Camp Director for Camp Erin-Palm Springs, a bereavement camp for children in Southern California. Previously, Dr. Gabbay was an adjunct faculty member at Brandman University. She served two terms on the Board of Directors of the National Alliance for Children’s Grief (NACG) and was the President of the Southern California Chapter of the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC). She is currently serving on the Credentialing Council of ADEC. Each year, Dr. Gabbay presents and conducts trainings at multiple national conferences, including the National Alliance for Children's Grief (NACG), The Compassionate Friends (TCF), the TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing®, the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC), and Hospice Foundation of America (HFA).


Andy McNiel


Andy McNiel, MA

Andy is the Senior Advisor of Youth Programs for the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS). Andy is an author and trainer on topics related to grief, bereavement, and end of life. He has been an advocate for healthy children, teenagers, and families throughout his career. He is a co-founder and an executive partner with The Satori Group, LLC, a national education, management, and consulting company focused in the area of grief and loss. He is the former CEO of The National Alliance for Grieving Children, Executive Director of The Amelia Center at Children’s of Alabama, and Director of Counseling Services for Hospice of Martin and St. Lucie (now Treasure Health) in South Florida. He is a trainer for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. He is the co-author of Understanding and Supporting Bereaved Children: A Practical Guide for Professionals.


Tina Barrett

Tina Barrett, EdD, LCPC

Dr. Barrett is Founder and Executive Director of Tamarack Grief Resource Center. Dr. Barrett specializes in companioning, stabilizing, and strengthening families following tragedy. Tina weaves stories and lessons from 25+ years of experience with grief programs, schools, hospitals, private practice, group homes, treatment centers, and nonprofits into her workshops. She serves on the Leadership Team for Project Tomorrow Montana, on the Board of Directors for the National Alliance for Children's Grief (NACG), and on the Advisory Board for TAPS. Tina received the Community Educator Award from Association for Death Educators and Counselors (ADEC) in 2019.


Program Details

This webinar is intended for grief, social service, and education professionals and will contain information that is academic in nature.

Registration is free. Continuing Education (2.5 hours) credit is available from a variety of professional boards. Certificate fee is $50. Instructions for obtaining CEs will be provided during the webinar. 

View the full program information sheet with a list of approved boards. 


About the TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing®

The TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing® is positioned to be the national and worldwide leader in training and education for bereavement professionals, bereaved individuals, and grieving military and civilian families.

Through an alliance with the Hospice Foundation of America, the foremost leader in professional grief and loss education, the Institute will serve as a resource and training center, providing a hub for high-quality collaboration between professionals working in the field of grief and loss.

The Institute is where practical information on coping with loss will be accessible for all who seek current strategies, the most effective tools, and best practices for supporting those who are grieving and those who serve the grieving. 

TAPS has teamed with the Hospice Foundation of America to educate caregivers, mental health professionals, clergy, funeral directors, casualty officers, the bereaved themselves, and so many others on the best ways to travel the grief journey. Together at the Institute, the two organizations will provide workshops, seminars, panel discussions, and more to train professionals and help individuals and families thrive after loss.

TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing® is located at TAPS Headquarters, 3033 Wilson Blvd., Third Floor, Arlington, VA 22201

Email us at Institute@taps.org or give us a call at 800-959-8277 (TAPS) with any questions.