Beyond Bereaved: Understanding and Identifying Traumatic Grief in Children and Adolescents

Beyond Bereaved: Understanding and Identifying Traumatic Grief in Children and Adolescents


Wednesday, March 13 at 1:30pm CDT (lasts approximately 1 hour)

Registration Fee:

Free (CEU for $10 fee)
No pre-registration needed

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Child traumatic grief (CTG) is a condition that children and adolescents may develop following the death of a significant person under circumstances perceived as traumatic. This presentation provides an overview of CTG, including how it is distinguished from uncomplicated bereavement. The presenters will use clinical case examples to illustrate these concepts.


  • Define and discuss the concept of traumatic loss
  • Distinguish between CTG and uncomplicated bereavement.
  • Discuss how trauma symptoms can interfere with a child’s ability to accomplish the necessary tasks of bereavement.

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Kate Drewry, MSW, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker at Children’s Advocacy Services of Greater St. Louis, where she provides comprehensive assessment psychotherapy services to traumatized children and adolescents and their non-offending caregivers. Ms. Drewry has received extensive post-graduate training in child traumatic stress and implements multiple empirically-supported treatment models, including Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, and Child Parent Psychotherapy. Ms. Drewry’s role at Children’s Advocacy Services also includes providing clinical supervision to social workers and social work students and providing training and consultation in evidence-based trauma treatment models throughout the state of Missouri.

Matthew D. Kliethermes, Ph.D., is a Missouri Licensed Psychologist/Health Services Provider at Children’s Advocacy Services of Greater St. Louis (CASGSL) and an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychology at University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL). Dr. Kliethermes has over 12 years of experience working with traumatized youth and has received extensive training in this area, including exposure to multiple trauma-focused, evidence-based practices. Currently, Dr. Kliethermes provides direct clinical services to children exposed to trauma and their non-offending caregivers, supervises the clinical work of mental health trainees, and provides frequent training and consultation at local, state, and national levels. His primary professional interests include complex trauma, assessment and diagnosis of traumatized youth, effective trauma-focused engagement strategies, and Child Traumatic Grief.

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