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Grief in School Communities

Effective Support Strategies

By (author) Louise Rowling
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Open University Press, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Published: 1st Jan 2003
Dimensions: w 156mm h 230mm
Weight: 452g
ISBN-10: 033521116X
ISBN-13: 9780335211166
Barcode No: 9780335211166
This is a valuable guide for all members of a school community and other professionals who need to know how to be supportive in times of crisis - including social workers, psychologists and bereavement specialists. Using "the school community" as the organizing supportive framework, this approach recognizes that losses are embedded in a young person's social environment - the school and its community, as well as the family. The theoretical orientation utilised is that death and all loss experiences are interpreted through social interaction and experienced within a social context. The book is firmly based on theory, research and practice. It breaks new ground in demonstrating the components in a school that can be used to support grieving individuals in times of personal crisis and to support whole school communities when traumatic incidents occur. Within this comprehensive approach attention is given to the needs and experiences of personnel - teachers, students, school leaders, parents; as well as school policies and programs and links with outside services.

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""Louise Rowling brings to this work long experience of involvement with loss and grief in schools. She shows how we can help schools prepare and plan for death or other critical events, and gives us the information we need to do this effectively.<p>if you are involved in supporting or counseling children or young people, work in Scholl or colleges, or are interested in how organizations respond to death, bereavement or loss, this book will be of real interest and use to you."" - Francis Taylor