Highmark Caring Place Grief Talks Conference: "Sound On, Volume Up! Amplifying the Voices of Marginalized Grievers" Keynote Speaker-Tashel C. Bordere, PhD, FT, Presentation

September 22, 2021

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The first annual Highmark Caring Place Grief Talks Conference, Sound On, Volume Up, invites participants to explore the profound grieving experiences of children and their families. Our focus this year is to turn the sound and volume up on the grieving experiences of those disenfranchised and underserved grievers who historically have not been heard or given a voice. Our aim is to amplify the voices of a number of grieving populations with the hope of creating a more grief-informed community that supports grievers of all ages. We welcome you to join us in becoming a catalyst for change and supporting hope for those who are grieving.

Welcome and Keynote speaker

Tashel C. Bordere, PhD, FT, - 8:30 to 10:00 am

Dr. Tashel Bordere is an Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Science and State Extension Specialist in Youth Development at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She currently serves as Board Member of the Association for Death Education and Counseling, Board Member of the National Alliance for Grieving Children, and Advisory Council Member of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS). She has specialized education and training as a Certified Thanatologist (Death, Dying, and Grief). She has served as Editor of the ADEC Forum publication. Dr. Bordere’s research program assumes a contextual approach focusing on trauma, loss (homicide loss, assaultive violence – sexual assault), suffocated grief and Black youth and family bereavement.  She studies cultural practices that promote healing and survival. Dr. Bordere has done numerous workshops, consultations, keynotes, and published works relating to social inequities in loss including her co-edited/co-authored book, Handbook of Social Justice in Loss and Grief (Routledge). She recently completed a Forward Promise Fellowship through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focusing on the promotion of healing, growth and thriving among boys and young men of color. Dr. Bordere was awarded the Ronald K. Barrett Award (2018) from the Association of Death Education and Counseling for her research on Black adolescent and young adult grief. She has been featured on NPR-WPSU Take Note –Suffocated Grief, Teens and Grief, Grief Outloud Podcast (Dougy Center), HFA Webcasts - Understanding the Value of Funerals for Children, and Open to Hope Cable Show – Saving At Risk Youth. She developed the S.H.E.D. Loss and Grief Tools Training.


Panel Discussion: 2:45 to 3:45 pm

Raising Our Voices to Create a Grief-Informed Community Panel Discussion”

Target Audience

Health and mental health professionals, educators (early childhood, K-12, post secondary), general community.

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will distinguish between the grieving experiences of children and adults.
  2. Participants will illustrate how disenfranchised grief (especially for underserved populations) impacts grievers of all ages.
  3. Participants will apply 3-4 new principles to enhance grief support for children and families.
  4. Participants will illustrate 2-3 ways in which they can contribute to a more grief-informed community.
  5. Participants will identify 2-3 ways in which they can support themselves while engaging in grief work.

Additional Information

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Event starts: 
09/22/2021 - 8:30am
Event ends: 
09/22/2021 - 4:00pm


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the essential areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through joint providership of Allegheny General Hospital and Highmark Caring Place.   Allegheny General Hospital is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Allegheny General Hospital designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CE for Psychologists

Allegheny Health Network is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. Allegheny Health Network maintains responsibility for the program and its content.”

CE for Social Workers

Allegheny Network is an approved provider for APA credits for Psychologists. This conference is approved for a maximum of 7.5 APA credits. Social Workers may claim credits for attending educational courses and programs delivered by pre-approved providers, such as the American Psychological Association (refer to CE for Psychologists above). For verification, please refer to Continuing Education Regulations § 47.36 #(6) (ix) found at www.dos.state.pa.us/social.www.dos.state.pa.us/social.

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