Webinar: Climate Change and Youth: Turning Grief, Loss, and Anxiety into Action

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Live Webinar
Registration Close Date: March 12, 2024

Grief can strain bereaved children and teenagers' coping mechanisms on a large scale. Sometimes current events going on around them create additional layers of stress and anxiety, impacting their capacity to cope. Research among young people reveals that over half of youth today say that the discussion about climate change negatively affects their daily life and function. This presentation will provide insight into how we can help children manage their grief when faced with big conversations happening about national and international events. We will use the topic of climate change, a matter of which young people absorb the constant media bombardment often manifesting an outlook of doom, to provide clear language for meaningful dialogue, strategies to acknowledge children's voices, and tools to reduce stress. We will highlight ways we can support children and teenagers to ultimately transform anxiety, grief, and loss into hope, resilience, and empowerment. We will discuss ways to recognize and work with children's grief, loss, anxieties, and fears by creating an atmosphere of positivity, transformation, and action that brings confidence to the present safety for their future.

This webinar is presented by the TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing®.




Linda Goldman

Linda Goldman, MSLCPC, NBCC,  FT

Ms. Goldman has a Fellow in Thanantology: Death, Dying, and Bereavement (FT) with a Master of Science in counseling and Master's equivalency in early childhood education. Linda is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor. She worked as a teacher and counselor in the public school system for almost twenty years and a grief therapist in Maryland with children, teenagers, and grieving adults.  Linda shares workshops, courses and trainings on children's grief and trauma and teaches as adjunct faculty in the Graduate Program of Counseling at Johns Hopkins University and King’s University College in Ontario, Canada. She has also taught on the faculty at the University of Maryland School of Social Work/Advanced Certification Program for Children and Adolescents and lectured at many other universities including Pennsylvania State University, Buffalo School of Social Work, University of North Carolina, the National Transportation Safety Board, the University of Hong Kong, and the National Changhua University of Education in Taiwan as well as numerous schools systems throughout the country.  She served on ADEC's board, The Association for Death Education and Counseling, and the advisory board of SPEAK, Suicide Prevention Education Awareness for Kids, RAINBOWS for Our Children, Academic Advisory Board of Annual Editions/Death, Dying and Bereavement/ McGraw Hill. Ms. Goldman received the ADEC Clinical Practice Award 2003, taught on the pre-conference faculty for the annual ADEC Conference in 2010, 2014, and 2018, and participated as a panelist for the annual National Hospice Foundation of America Teleconference in 2018. Ms. Goldman is presently on the TAPS Advisory Board.


Ms. Goldman contributed in many ways after 9/11. She authored the chapter about children, Talking to Children about Terrorism in Living with Grief: Coping with Public Tragedy, Published by the Hospice Foundation of America 2003. She contributed to The Journal for Mental Health Counselors in their special grief issue in the article Grief Counseling with Children in Contemporary Society, 2004. She was a strong part of the TAPS response team at the Pentagon Family Assistance Center, conducted a workshop about children and grief at the 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2010 TAPS National Military Survivor Seminars, authored articles including, Helping Children With Grief and Trauma (2002/ 2003) and Fostering Resilience in Children: How to Help Kids Cope with Adversity (2005), Children Coping with a Military Death (2008) TAPS Journal. In 2018, Linda participated in the panel for the National Hospice Association Annual Teleconference, and ADEC pre-conference faculty on Children and Grief. She also presented Helping Grieving Children webinar sponsored by the non-profit organization, First Aid for the Soul, working with mental health workers and children's grief in Ukraine 2023. Ms. Goldman contributed on the Public Broadcasting Series Program Keeping Kids Healthy on Children and Grief, which aired in October 2006, and KNBP Channel 5 Public Broadcasting - You'll Always Be With Me, Nevada Children and Grief, (2010). She consulted with Sesame Street for their program and materials on Children and Grief and Children and the Military (2010, 2022). She was a panelist for the ADEC Webinar Children and Grief, December 2022, and the ADEC Webinar, Climate Change, Youth, and Grief and Loss, June 2023. She also is the recipient of the The Tenth Global Concern of Human Life Award 2007.


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, veteran and civilian families. The Institute serves as a resource and training center, providing a hub for high-quality collaboration among professionals working in the field of grief and loss.

The Institute is where practical information on coping with loss are 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. 

The Institute provides workshops, seminars, panel discussions, and more 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.

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.