Free Spectrum of Options Seminar

Loss and Grief in the Lives of People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Loss is the experience that “someone or something that once was is no more;” grief is the feeling of that loss; and mourning is the expression, private and communal, of that grief. For persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities loss (sometimes dismissed as “just change”) has been a near-constant life companion. This session will examine the similarities and differences inherent in loss and grief experienced by people with and without developmental disabilities.  Strategies to support healthy grieving and mitigate or avoid complicated grief reactions will be explored as well.

About the Speaker:

Margaret Gilbride, JD, CT, Instructor of Pediatrics, is Director of Transition, Employment, and Aging & Disability at The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities.

Ms. Gilbride graduated from Indiana University School of Law and is a certified Thanatologist through the Association of Death Education and Counseling. She has been an Interfaith Chaplin Intern at Overlook Medical Center and is now a member of its bioethics committee representing the interests of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Additionally, Ms. Gilbride serves on a national committee, Educating Hospital and Hospice Providers on Healthcare Decision-making for People with Disabilities, the national board of directors for APSE: The Association of Persons Supporting EmploymentFirst, and the New Jersey board of directors for the state’s chapter.

Prior to joining The Boggs Center, Ms. Gilbride worked as an Administrator, Research Associate, and Project Coordinator at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community (IIDC) where she provided direct technical assistance on topics such as program evaluation, strategic planning, staff development, and issue-specific workshops and group facilitation to schools, provider organizations, governmental agencies, businesses, family groups, and advocacy organizations.

In addition to her responsibilities at IIDC, Ms. Gilbride has held positions as Job Coach, Program Manager, Director, Chief Operating Officer, and Executive Director. She is also a regular presenter at national conferences.

When: Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Dinner 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Seminar 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Where: Academy360 Upper School
6 Regent St.
Livingston, NJ 07039

(Dinner and childcare are offered to our S360 families, so parents can relax and socialize.)

RSVP: Please register by Friday, 3/17/16 in one of the following ways:

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3. Call: 973.509.3050, x 401