ERIC Number: EJ705758
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Aug-15
Reference Count: 28
Life Is like the Seasons: Responding to Change, Loss, and Grief through a Peer-Based Education Program
Childhood Education, v80 n6 p317 Aug 2004
The experience of loss can place children and young people in a vulnerable position as it affects their development and overall emotional and social wellbeing. The experience of loss can markedly influence young people's perceptions of themselves and their world. They may not trust the predictability of events, their self-image may be damaged, they may feel they no longer belong, their sense of fairness and justice may be compromised, and they may believe they have lost control over their lives. Facing such challenges during childhood and adolescence does not in and of itself predispose one to ongoing psychological or learning difficulties. However, it does raise pressing concerns about the most effective ways to support young people as they struggle to make sense of their experience and to respond constructively. The Seasons for Growth education program has the broad aim of promoting the social and emotional well being of children and young people, ages 6-18, who have experienced significant change and loss as a result of death, separation, or divorce. The program focuses on understanding the effects of change, loss, and grief and is aligned with key research on social and emotional education that promotes mental health and contributes to childhood resilience (Masten, Best, & Garmezy, 1990). The program specifically targets skills in communication, decision making, and problem solving. The Seasons for Growth program is accompanied by a comprehensive set of resources: a trainer's manual for those accredited to train other teachers and volunteers; a handbook for school coordinators, which provides a step-by-step process and support materials for planning, implementing, and evaluating the program; Companion manuals with comprehensive session notes and resources for both the primary school (6 to 12 years old) and secondary school (13 to 18 years old); five levels of student journals; imagery folios; music CDs and cassettes; regular newsletters; and professional development opportunities for staff involved in delivering the program on an ongoing basis.
Descriptors: Grief, Well Being, Children, Adolescents, Death, Divorce, Foreign Countries, Emotional Response, Mental Health, Behavior Modification, Cognitive Restructuring, Adjustment (to Environment), Program Effectiveness
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Counselors; Teachers
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia