About the Session:
It is evident, there is a gap in mental health service when it comes to supporting adolescents who have lost loved ones to suicide, as there is currently no group designed to meet this need in Calgary, Alberta. Thus, the Calgary Region CMHA counselling team are in the process of developing and implementing an 8 week suicide bereavement group for adolescents between 15 and 18 years of age. Due to the fact that suicide is the second leading cause of death amongst youth between 15 and 24 years of age in Canada, it is evident that this population is significantly impacted by suicide loss amongst their peers. Therefore, it is essential that adolescents have an opportunity to process and work through this often complex loss and grieving process within a safe therapeutic environment. This particular presentation will address the current need for this group, as well as, adolescent development, grief responses, and future group developments.
Katrina Shaw is a Registered Psychologist with CMHA, working predominantly with Suicide Bereavement clients, in both an individual and group capacity. She completed her Master’s degree at McGill University in Counselling Psychology. She is passionate about continuing her work in the area of grief and loss, and expanding resources to connect youth who have experienced a loss to Suicide. She has several years’ experience working with at-risk youth and young adult populations. Katrina is hoping to explore creative ways to work with, and connect to a diverse range of individuals as they endure their grief journeys.
Chantal Lester BA(Hons.), MSc Counselling Psychology received her Masters in Counselling Psychology from the University of Calgary and is working as a Suicide Bereavement and Family Support therapist with CMHA Calgary. She has several years experience working with at-risk youth, families, and First Nations populations. She is passionate about her work in bereavement, suicide awareness, and supporting caregivers. She hopes to continue to expand upon our unique counselling programs and reach diverse populations in Alberta.