This TAPS Talk is presented by the TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing®.
A mentor is defined as a knowledgeable and experienced guide, a trusted ally and advocate, and a caring role model. An effective mentor is respectful, reliable, patient, trustworthy, and a very good listener and communicator. Peer Mentors are those who understand their interactions with survivors as not simply a volunteer experience but as opportunities to help others discover the potential within themselves to heal. We will have a live discussion surrounding the Peer Mentors' program and the ability for peers to help to nurture this potential in others.
Senior Manager, TAPS Peer Mentor and Online Community ProgramsKellie is a grief professional who is managing and expanding the TAPS peer based model of care through the peer mentor & online care community programs, both at the heart of the TAPS mission. Her passion to support military families is a tribute to her first husband, CPT Mark Nickles, USMC, who died in an aviation accident in 1997. Kellie holds a BA in Radio & Television Journalism and MA in Elementary Education along with certification as a Respiratory Therapist with emphasis in critical care medicine. She also has advanced training in death, dying, and bereavement through the Center for Loss & Life transition and Assist training with suicide prevention. Through change and embracing a new normal, Kellie's passion to support peer-based care transcends the everyday survivor connection and the mission at TAPS.
This live connection is free and open to the public.
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