Lunch & Learn February 2023: Grief & Loss on the Autism Spectrum

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Lunch & Learn February 2023: Grief & Loss on the Autism Spectrum

Learn about grief and loss on the autism spectrum, gain awareness of how those diagnosed express and experience grief symptoms.

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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Children's Bereavement Center (CBC) presents:

Lunch & Learn Zoom

Topic: Grief & Loss on the Autism Spectrum

Guest Presenter: Jessica Curd, LCSW

February 8, 2023

12:00 - 1:30PM, Virtual on Zoom

About this presentation: This training strives to raise awareness of the unique ways that individuals on the autism spectrum experience and express grief and grief symptoms. It will also provide clinicians/professionals clear ways to support the grief needs of children and adults on the spectrum. Attendees will be educated on the key myths, gaps, and stereotypes about those with autism and how these gaps and challenges may impact the experience of grief and loss. Finally, it will highlight the grief needs of those with dual vulnerability (members of multiple oppressed groups) such as those in unique/diverse/minority populations who have ASD.

Learning Objectives:

  1. To raise awareness to the unique ways that individuals on the autism spectrum experience and express grief symptoms. Moreover, to raise awareness to the unique needs, experiences, expressions, and the individualized and wide array of symptoms and expression and diversity on the autism spectrum.
  2. To provide clinicians/professionals with clear ways to support children and adults on the spectrum as well as their grief needs.
  3. To provide awareness and education about key myths, gaps, and stereotypes about those with autism, particularly the under-identification of autism in girls and women, and how these gaps and challenges may impact the experience of grief and loss.
  4. To highlight grief needs of those with dual vulnerability (members of multiple oppressed groups) such as those in unique/diverse/minority populations who have ASD. To highlight social worker role, both micro and macro, to support, advocate and have inclusive practices of those with ASD.

About the Speaker:

Jessica Curd is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) who has several years of experience in hospice care, mental health and domestic violence. She has a hospice social work certifications (ACHP-SW, APHSW-C) and is a graduate of Smith College End-of-Life & Palliative Care Social Work Certification Program. She has presented nationally and regionally about the hospice social worker experience and the critical role they play in the hospice care team. She teachers for Indiana University School of Social Work, where she is also a PhD candidate. She also has research and personal experience in the field of disability and has a child with Autism Spectrum Condition. Her research interests include end-of-life disparities, the hospice social worker experience, trauma, disability and neurodiversity, end-of-life experiences for those with disabilities, autism, and the experiences and perceptions of girls and women with autism spectrum difference.

Children Bereavement Center's Lunch & Learn at Home series is offered FREE for community champions and mental health professionals. Each session offers training, resources and Q&A. CE Credit available for a fee.

Learn more about CBC at www.childbereavement.org

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