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Discussion: Children and the Loss of a Pet

Monday, December 10 2012 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Email: mnldevelopment@juno.com
Phone: 860.536.7721
Website: http://www.mysticnoanklibrary.org
Admission: Free
Location: Mystic & Noank Library Ames Room

The loss of a pet is often a child’s first experience with death. Children ask questions. Brief answers that are to the point are good enough to satisfy the child’s questions and curiosity; the goal is to leave the door open for further dialogue. Children’s understanding of death depends on their developmental stage. This presentation will give parents and caregivers a “How To” guide in navigating children’s questions about loss and death.

Alicia Pena is a bilingual Licensed Clinical Social Worker with many years experience working with children and families of diverse composition. Her Person-Centered therapeutic approach focuses on the individual’s history.

Ms. Pena holds advance certifications in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction from University of Massachusetts Medical School and End of Life and Palliative Care from Smith College. She has completed 30 hours of post-graduate work on End of Life and Palliative Care from Harvard University Medical School. Ms. Pena did a Clinical Internship at Connecticut Hospice in Branford, CT and is currently a volunteer for Hospice Southeastern Connecticut. She has made numerous presentations on issues of children, women and the LGBT community. She is a psychotherapist in private practice in Waterford, CT

The presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, call (860) 572-8191 or email mnldevelopment@juno.com.

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