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Navigating Grief Together: Highlights from the NACG Symposium with Kaela Vance


Grief is a universal human experience that requires special attention and support, particularly for children and teenagers.


Recognizing the importance of addressing children's grief, Kaela Rae Vance LPCCS, a compassionate grief and trauma therapist from Central Ohio, is actively participating in the ongoing 26th National Symposium on Children's Grief in Pittsburgh.


This symposium is organized by the National Alliance for Children's Grief (NACG), a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness about the needs of grieving children and teenagers while providing education and resources to support them.


The NACG consists of professionals, institutions, and volunteers who tirelessly work to promote best practices, educational programming, and critical resources for the mental, emotional, and physical well-being of bereaved children and their families. Their mission is to ensure that no child has to face the journey of grief alone, and they strive to provide all bereaved children, regardless of their circumstances or location, with the necessary support and resources to adapt positively to the loss in their lives.


The NACG Symposium, currently taking place from June 14th to 16th, 2023, is an annual event that brings together over 400 professionals and volunteers involved in children's grief support from across the United States and beyond. It serves as a vital platform for participants to learn about the latest research and clinical advancements in working with grieving children and teenagers. Through engaging workshops, poster presentations, and networking opportunities, attendees can enhance their skills and knowledge to provide state-of-the-art services to young individuals coping with loss.


Renowned as the most comprehensive childhood bereavement event in the United States, this symposium brings together professionals and volunteers from various organizations, including social work, counseling, healthcare, and bereavement support programs. It offers a unique opportunity to delve into the significance of the event and the mission of NACG.


As an experienced grief and trauma therapist, Kaela Rae Vance LPCCS understands the profound impact that loss can have on children and adolescents. Her commitment to supporting young individuals through their grief journey has led her to actively participate in conferences and symposiums like the NACG Symposium. By attending such events, Kaela gains valuable insights into the latest research and clinical developments, allowing her to enhance her therapeutic skills and provide the most effective support to her clients.


Kaela's presence at the NACG Symposium in Pittsburgh signifies her dedication to staying at the forefront of childhood bereavement practices. Through engaging in dialogue with fellow professionals, clinicians, researchers, and grief support experts, she can exchange ideas, information, and clinical expertise. This collaborative environment fosters innovation and ensures that Kaela can continuously evolve her approach to better meet the needs of the children and families she serves.

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