Helping Kids Cope with Divorce, Loss and Family Changes
Children grieve differently than adults do. Because of their young age, they have no roadmap for dealing with emotional trauma. Changes in family structure as a result of divorce, death or the extended absence of a loved one due to deployment or incarceration can cause a child to feel scared, angry and even guilty. Without guidance from caring adults, they may lash out or simply shut down. That’s why YFC’s staff of professional therapists created Bridges.
Bridges is a 24-week group therapy program, developed and delivered by YFC’s licensed clinicians. The program is designed to help emotionally vulnerable children ages 5-14 work through grief and other overwhelming emotions. Children will be divided into small, age-based groups, and participate in weekly sessions with discussion and activities to help:
- Identify and express emotions
- Develop coping strategies for handling difficult or scary feelings
- Understand and practice forgiveness, gratitude and trust
- Look forward to new familial experiences
- Celebrate their own accomplishments
Bridges meets at YFC's Libertyville office most Tuesdays evenings from 7:00-8:00 pm from September through April. Children will get the most benefit by participating in the entire program, but may join at any time.
For more information, or to register, please call YFC's Client Services Coordinator at 847-367-5991, ext 13.