Death and grief is complicated at any age, but particularly in children. In this episode, Brittany and Heather speak to Andrea Dorn about helping children cope with grief and other big feelings after the death of a loved one in their life.
ABOUT Andrea Dorn
Andrea Dorn, MSW, is a mom of two boys, author, and clinical social worker who has worked in the social work field with adults and children for over a decade. Andrea’s interest in mindfulness, behavioral and attachment theories began in graduate school. Since that time, Andrea has worked to incorporate the benefits of mindfulness into every aspect of her life and frequently uses behavioral and attachment theories to guide her clinical practice. She has found these theories, especially mindfulness, to be truly effective in transforming lives. She has also found clear, consistent, and attachment-based behavioral modification techniques to be crucial to developing healthy and thriving young minds.
Andrea is the author of the Mindful Steps Series ™, a series of children’s how-to guides designed to empower kids with the foundational understanding of important developmental skills and concepts for key milestones common in early childhood. This engaging series was inspired after a year of major transitions in Andrea’s life with two young children in tow. Andrea found there was a lack of non-fiction, single-step resources for helping her own children navigate and know what to expect during these big changes. In order to fill this gap, she became interested in writing children’s books and has discovered a true passion for the entire writing and publishing process.
Andrea is the co-founder of Statera Counseling Center, a private practice located in the greater Columbia area of South Carolina.
With her background in mindfulness, behavioral, and attachment theories, and compassionate parenting, Andrea is dedicated to helping young minds and their families navigate the big and small changes that come with child development by encouraging mindfulness and emotional connection.
WHAT TO LISTEN FOR: Helping Children cope with grief
- How to introduce mindfulness to your children
- Practical ways to helps your children cope with grief
- Resources for parents
things we mention
- Andrea mentioned Dr. John Kabat-Zinn and his mindfulness research and practice
- The Dougy Center offers resources for parents helping a child deal with death
- The National Alliance for Children’s Grief is another resource
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