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The Amelia Center's 12th Annual Spring Bereavement Workshop

The Amelia Center’s 12th Annual Spring Bereavement WorkshopCreative Arts Therapies for Grieving Children

Featured Presenter: 
Russell Hilliard, PhD, LCSW, LCAT, MT-BC

Friday, April 14

Location:  Regions Field Ballroom, 1401 1st Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233

Cost:    $95 Early Registration ($105 after 3/24/2017)
              $70 Student Rate (proof of student status required)


Includes Workshop, Continuing Education Credit, Chicken Biscuit Breakfast, Lunch, and Refreshments

Continuing Education Credit: 5.5 Total Contact Hours

- NBCC Provider # 6193* 
- AL Social Workers Provider # 0354
- Others may apply for credit through their accreditation boards.  All participants will receive a certificate of attendance.

Registration by credit card may be completed online at:
(Click "Register Here!" in the lower left-hand corner of the screen.)

Registration by check may be completed by downloading the registration form and mail with your payment.


This workshop will provide an understanding of child and adolescent grief needs, an overview of creative arts therapy, and a variety of hands on interventions to take away and apply directly in working with grieving children and teens. We will explore a school-based and children’s grief camp curriculum that has been empirically tested demonstrating positive outcomes on grief-related symptoms and behaviors. This creative arts therapy-based curriculum will be outlined in detail and participants will have opportunities to experience the creative arts therapy interventions first hand. We are sure to have fun while learning how to use the arts to heal grieving hearts.


Russell Hilliard, PhD, LCSW, LCAT, MT-BC, CHRC is the Senior VP, Patient Experience & Staff Development at Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care based out of Chicago, IL and the Founder of the Center for Music Therapy in End of Life Care.

His research, advocacy, and consultation have resulted in the development of first- time music therapy programs in hospices throughout the nation, thereby creating many new music therapy positions. He is the author of the text, Hospice and Palliative Care Music Therapy: A Guide to Program Development and Clinical Care, and his research has been published in a wide variety of scholarly journals. He also wrote a chapter titled Music and Grief Work with Children and Adolescents, in a book titled Creative Interventions with Traumatized Children, edited by Cathy A. Malchiodi. Dr. Hilliard has provided keynote addresses for healthcare conferences and is a frequent presenter at professional conferences worldwide.


Registrants who notify The Amelia Center in writing of their cancellation on or before the early registration deadline date will receive a 100% refund of the registration fee. Those who cancel after the early registration deadline, but before the workshop date will pay 50% of the registration fee. Organizations may send a substitute attendee if the original registrant is unable to attend. No refunds will be issued on or following the workshop date.

Schedule (8:30 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.)

8:00 am                       Registration and Breakfast

8:30 am                       Program begins

11:30 am                     Lunch

12:15 pm                     Program resumes

3:15 pm                       Evaluations, Adjournment and Certificates


* The Amelia Center of Children’s of Alabama has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6193. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Amelia Center of Children’s of Alabama is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.