Arkansas Children's Hospital Careers About Arkansas Children's Hospital Contact Us News
Patients and Families Healthcare Professionals Supporters



Good Mourning Grief Support Groups

Good Mourning Grief Support Groups are for any child or teen, ages pre-K through high school, who has experienced a death of a family member or friend. There are also support groups available for the adults in the family. There is no charge for the program, but a completed application is required for each child or teen. For fall 2013, the Parent Orientation will be Tuesday, March September 24, at 6:00 p.m., and all groups begin Tuesday, October 1, at 6:00 p.m. To apply online go to For more information call 501-364-7000.

Alliance for Grief and Loss

The Alliance for Grief and Loss is an informal coalition of helping professionals interested in grief and loss issues. All meetings have a program related to grief and loss and are brown-bag lunch meetings in the East Campus Building at Arkansas Children's Hospital, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on the last Monday of the month (unless otherwise noted). Please email for more information or to be added to the email mailing list for the Alliance for Grief and Loss. Certificates of attendance are provided each time. All are welcome. The fall schedule is below:

Date Topic Leader/Speaker
September 30 Suicide Prevention in Arkansas - Update Shelby Rowe
ACH Injury Prevention
Thursday, October 24
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Chairman's Hall
Supporting Those with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Hospice Foundation
Web Presentation
November 25 Losses with Military Service Veterans Panel
Tresa Hooks

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

Course Description

The Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) workshop is for caregivers who want to feel more comfortable, confident and competent in helping to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. Over 950,000 caregivers have received this training. Just as CPR skills make physical first aid possible, training in suicide intervention develops the skills needed for suicide first aid. ASIST is a two-day (14 hours) intensive, interactive, and practice dominated course designed to help care givers recognize risk and learn how to intervene to prevent the immediate risk of suicide.


The workshop is for all caregivers (any person in a position of trust). This includes professionals, paraprofessionals and lay people. It is suitable for mental health professionals, nurses, physicians, pharmacists, teachers, counselors, youth workers, police and correctional staff, school-support staff, clergy and community volunteers.

Instructor: Shelby Rowe, Intentional Injury Project Analyst
Phone: 501-364-3436 Email:

Materials, breakfast and lunch included - certificate will be provided upon completion

Continuing Education hours are available through the Arkansas Department of Education

September 27-28, 2013
Little Rock, Arkansas
Community Partner: Center for Artistic Revolution

October 11-12, 2013
Springdale, Arkansas
Community Partner: Arkansas Crisis Center

November 14-15, 2013
Searcy, Arkansas
Community Partner: Dr. Robert E. Elliott Foundation

January 15-16, 2014
Hope, Arkansas
Community Partner: Southwest Arkansas Education Cooperative

Out of the Darkness Community Walk for Suicide Prevention


Clinton Presidential Library
Little Rock, Arkansas


11/02/2013 @ 11:00 am


12:30 pm

Check-in Time

9:00 am to 11:00 am

Registration Cutoff

11/01/2013 1:00 pm

Donation Cutoff

01/01/2014 12:00 am


Tyler West



E-mail Address

By walking in the Out of the Darkness Community Walks, you will be walking with thousands of other walkers nationwide to raise money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's vital research and education programs to prevent suicide and save lives, increase national awareness about depression and suicide and provide support for survivors of suicide loss. In deciding to walk, you are taking us a step closer to making suicide prevention a national priority. To register and for more information, go to

National Survivors of Suicide Day Teleconference

The Center for Good Mourning will be the central Arkansas host site for the International Survivors of Suicide Day Teleconference:

Saturday, November 23
11:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m.
East Campus Building at Arkansas Children's Hospital
Lunch provided
RSVPs appreciated but not required—call 501-364-7000

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is sponsor of this event and local partners are the Central Arkansas Survivors of Suicide Support Group, the Dr. Robert E. Elliot Foundation of Searcy, and the Center for Good Mourning. The teleconference will offer emotional support and information to both survivors and those giving help and support to survivors. The broadcast will feature a panel of experienced survivors and mental health professionals and certificates of attendance will be provided for those who attend.

If you are outside Arkansas, go to to find the nearest teleconference to you or to get information about viewing the teleconference via webcast or DVD.


Association of Death Education and Counseling (ADEC)

Beyond Intuitive or Instrumental - A New Look at Grief Style
Lisa Prosser-Dodds, PhD, NCC, LPC
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Noon - 1:30 p.m. CDT

Therapeutic Presence: Training Peer Helpers Through a Relational Lens
Ann Laverty, PhD
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Noon - 1:30 p.m. CDT

Counseling Widowers
Jason Troyer, PhD
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Noon - 1:30 p.m. CDT

Mindfulness and Healing Presence with Bereaved Individuals
Darcy L. Harris, PhD, FT and Brad Hunter, BA, CHt
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Noon - 1:30 p.m. CDT

Religious Coping and Meaning-Making Following Loss of a Loved One
Laurie Burke, MS
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Noon - 1:30 p.m. CDT

Webinars are held from noon to 1:30 p.m. U.S. Central Time. Check your time zone and avoid registering for a Webinar that is incompatible with your local schedule. ADEC is not responsible for miscalculations relating to the call time in your area.

Note: Registration will close 10 minutes prior to the Webinar to ensure that all registrants receive dial-in instructions on time.

Hospice Foundation of America

Supporting Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Through Life-Ending Illness, Grief and Loss

LIVE via webcast on October 24, 2013 (see listing for Alliance for Grief and Loss for Little Rock presentation time and location at Arkansas Children's Hospital)

The ethical, medical management and psychosocial issues for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities facing death, grief and loss can be complex. This two-hour educational event focuses on the critical challenges of providing and accessing optimal end-of-life care and bereavement support for this population.

Note: The focus of this program is on intellectual disability and generally does not include developmental disabilities where cognitive function is unimpaired.

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization

Held on the second Thursday of the month these Webinars focus on clinical topics for the interdisciplinary team.

Palliative Care: State of the Art
September 17, 2013
2:00 - 3:30 pm ET

Addressing Spiritual Despair and Distress
October 10, 2013
2:00 - 3:30 pm ET

What About Me? Professional Boundaries and Compassion Fatigue
December 12, 2013
2:00-3:30 pm ET

Health Info
Donate Now