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BIRMINGHAM (April 4, 2012) – The Amelia Center at Children’s of Alabama will bring internationally-recognized authority on grief Dr. Donna Schuurman to Birmingham when it hosts its 7th Annual Spring Bereavement Workshop on Friday, April 27, 8:30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. This year’s conference will be held at the McWane Science Center (200 19th St. N., Birmingham 35203.)

Schuurman is the executive director of The Dougy Center for Grieving Children and Families in Portland, Oregon, one of the nation’s first grief centers of its kind. As keynote speaker, Schuurman will present “Responding to Suicide and Sudden Loss: Practical and Ethical Considerations.”
The one-day workshop is designed for counselors, nurses, social workers and other caregivers who counsel those who have lost a loved one through suicide or a sudden or unexpected death.

Registration is $85 prior to April 13 and $95 afterward. A special $50 rate is available to students. Registration includes six-hour training with CEUs, parking, continental breakfast, lunch catered by B&A Warehouse and refreshments. Those interested in attending the conference may register by calling The Amelia Center at 205-212-7488 or they may download a registration form at

The Amelia Center at Children’s of Alabama is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program. This program provides 6 continuing education hours for counselors and social workers (4 hours towards ethics).

This program has been approved for 7.2 nursing continuing education hours by Children’s of Alabama. Children’s of Alabama is approved by The Alabama Board of Nursing as a provider of continuing education in nursing (provider number ABNP0113; expiration 7/10/2013.)

The Amelia Center is a comprehensive grief counseling center that provides individual and family counseling to children and teens who have experienced a death, or to adults who have experienced the death of a child.

Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children across the state and throughout the southeastern U.S. since 1911. It is the only hospital in Alabama dedicated solely to the care and treatment of children. It is currently licensed for 275 beds. Ten of its divisions – pulmonology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, urology, neonatology, cancer, cardiology, gastroenterology, endocrinology and nephrology—were recently ranked among the best children’s hospital programs in the nation by US News & World Report. Children’s is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet-designated hospital for excellence in nursing care. It is a private, not-for-profit hospital that serves as the primary site of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) pediatric medicine, surgery, research and residency programs. A 750,000-square-feet expansion is currently under construction and will open in June. Last year, patients made more than 634,000 outpatient and nearly 14,000 inpatient visits to Children’s. More information is available at