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The Center for Grieving Children and York County Community College present a half day conference on Childhood Bereavement.

Childhood Bereavement: a holistic approach
Where: York County Community College

Pratt and Whitney Building
112 College Drive, Wells 04090

When: Friday, March 23, 8:00am to 12:00pm
Cost: No cost
3 Contact Hours
8:00-8:20 Registration
8:20-8:30 Welcome
8:30-9:20 Plenary Address (Mary Plouffe)
9:30-10:30 Break Out Session 1 
10:30-11:00 Coffee break and networking
11:00-12:00 Break Out Session 2 
Plenary Speaker
Mary E Plouffe is a Clinical Psychologist and author with 35 years of experience in child and adult therapy.  In addition to her private practice, she taught in the Maine Medical Center psychiatry residency program, and has consulted to schools and courts on forensic, child advocacy and mental health issues.  She is the author of the newly released, award winning memoir I Know It In My Heart: Walking Through Grief with a Child. She has published on NPR, On the Issues Magazine, Mothers Always Write, Brain, Child Magazine among others.  For more information see, and   


Plenary Address: Growing into Grief: The evolution of grief in the very young child

This address will use the author’s personal story, as recounted in the newly released memoir, I Know It In My Heart: Walking through Grief with a Child, to explore early childhood grief, its initial expression, and its evolution over time. Liamarie is 3 ½ when she comes to stay for a three-week adventure with her cousins while her mother participates in a research based treatment as a final step in successful breast cancer treatment. That treatment goes tragically awry, and she is thrust into a coma for one month before it takes her life. The story addresses the special challenges in explaining uncertainty, permanence, and the meaning of death, and of deciding how to include Liamarie in the process of her mother’s death. The story follows her expression of grief through the next decade as she understands its meaning on deeper levels, while the love of family and her own resilience guide her healing process.

Break out sessions (choose 2) Please click here to view detailed descriptions of the breakout sessions.

A.      The occupational hazard of caring for children experiencing loss, Allegra Hirsh-Wright, LCSW, RYT, Maine Behavioral Healthcare, Department of Clinical Innovation

B.      Collective loss and grief among refugee and immigrant children, Marie Sheffield, LCPC, Center for Grieving Children

C.       Parenting the grieving child, Mary Plouffe, Ph. D., Clinical Psychologist and Author

D.      Pathways to Resilience: Supporting Children, Teens, and Families Bereaved by Suicide, Christine Linnehan, MS, LCPC, BC-DMT, FT, Riverview Counseling and Center for Grieving Children

E.      Expressive techniques for working with grieving children, Sara Asch, MA, Center for Grieving Children