The Arc will be hosting a webinar on “Being With” People with I/DD Experiencing Grief and Loss
July 29, 2015
2:00-3:00 pm EST
“Loss is an unavoidable part of living, and grief is the process that helps us heal from a loss. Historically, it was believed that people with intellectual disabilities lacked the cognitive abilities to feel or express grief-related thoughts and feelings. However, recent research has shown that people with intellectual disabilities should be included in the bereavement process and their losses should be acknowledged.
Presenters will dispel these past misconceptions by sharing a new view of grief. This perspective includes current best practices for people with intellectual disabilities and important strategies to assist administrators, staff, families, and self-advocates in supporting grieving individuals.
Through story telling, examples of successful grief interventions, and learning about partnerships such as hospice, participants will leave the session feeling competent and comfortable using the simple techniques of ‘being with’ individuals who are grieving the loss of others or thinking about their own mortality.”
- Mary Anne Tolliver started in direct support in 1984 and currently serves as the Director of Residential Services at the St. Louis Arc. Over the past five years, Mary Anne has worked to support several individuals who have made end of life decisions, individuals who died suddenly, and others with serious illness. Along with her colleague Barbara Stewart, they have supported the friends, family and direct support staff of the people who have passed away, and collaborated with medical, hospice, and government entities.
- Barbara Williams Stewart is a clinical social worker whose practice is devoted exclusively to individuals with disabilities and their families. With a specialty in grief counseling, she currently works for the St. Louis Arc and is a professor of Education at Webster University. Barbara founded and served as the Executive Director for the Belle Center, an early intervention program for children with and without disabilities. She worked as a Deputy Director for Missouri’s Department of Mental Health.
To register, visit: Register for “Being With” People with I/DD Experiencing Grief and Loss