The New Jersey Department of Education’s Office of School Preparedness and Emergency Planning, in collaboration with the Traumatic Loss Coalition for Youth (Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care), is pleased to offer a virtual workshop on how schools can deal with grief and traumatic loss in the school community, according to an advisory.

The virtual workshop will be April 29, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

The dual mission of the Traumatic Loss Coalition is to prevent suicide and to provide trauma response assistance to schools following suicide, homicide, an accident, or illness.

During the training, attendees will explore common reactions to loss, discuss reactions to grief and strategies to support students to develop healthy responses to grief. An overview of the Traumatic Loss coalition for Youth will be provided, including information on how to contact a county coordinator to receive support for school communities following a traumatic event.

There is no fee to attend this presentation; however, registration is required. Please register on the NJDOE’s Events Registration webpage.

School safety specialists will receive 1.5 hours credit for attending the workshop. Questions can be directed to the Office of School Preparedness and Emergency Planning via email.