​​​​​​Educator Workshops​​

University of Findlay Workshops

Grief and Loss Counseling - Helping Children with Loss


4 sessions 

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

January 7

January 14

January 21

January 28

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This program teaches adults how to communicate with children in their care about losses they have experienced and those they might yet face. This four-session program, facilitated by Grief Recovery Specialist Ginny Williams, is certified by the Grief Recovery Institute and uses the book When Children Grieve by John W. James and Russel Friedman. Whether you are a parent, teacher or otherwise involved with children, you know that sinking feeling when questions are asked about sad and painful feelings. Often, we are left struggling for the right words simply because we don't know what to say.  Through this course, you will learn new tools through a step-by-step process to understand and communicate about loss experiences confidently and effectively. 



This course is open to:

  • Educators
  • Parents
  • Youth Workers
  • Mental Health Providers
  • Grandparents
  • Any other community member who works with children

Apply Now!

To enroll in this course, community members must submit their undergraduate transcript as part of the enrollment process. Licensed Educators may provide their teaching license in place of transcripts. Regular graduate credit hour costs are associated with this workshop. 


Click the button below to access our application. When asked which workshop you are applying for, please write in "Grief/Loss" or "EDCI 546.G1". 




Is your school district interested in offering professional development for educators? 


The Office of Graduate Outreach and Partnerships can work with you to offer graduate credit from The University of Findlay for a professional development course.  Teacher in-service sessions, workshops, book studies, Entry Year programs and other professional development activities can be set up as graduate courses, so long as they meet the requirements for contact hours and course performance objectives.  We can offer your course participants graduate credit at the reduced rate of $190.00 per credit hour and waive the usual application fee. 


Here are the steps that you will need to follow to initiate a professional development project at your school: 

  1. All instructors must hold a master’s degree and must have submitted a current resume (up to one year old) for our files.

  2. Instructors must complete a Graduate and Professional Development Application  for the professional development offering by clicking on the link. 

  3. Once the application is approved, you will be sent instructions to share with your teachers for completing the online application to the University.  Teachers will also need to submit an official transcript of their bachelor’s degree if one is not already on file at UF.

  4. After registration is completed, you will be sent a grade sheet.  On the grade sheet, you (the instructor) must verify the students' attendance, assign a letter grade (no S/U's or P/F's permitted) for each student, sign, and date the form. Email or fax the grade sheet back to Gwynne Rife immediately after the last day of the workshop.

We process numerous courses per semester; please follow these instructions carefully to ensure that your course is a success.   

The Office of Graduate Outreach and Partnerships is subject to all of The University of Findlay’s regular policies and procedures pertaining to registration, attendance and financial responsibilities of the students. Courses are held within The University of Findlay’s semester time frames. Contact hours for graduate semester hours are as follows:


12.5 contact hours = 1 semester hour
  • 25 contact hours = 2 semester hours, and

  • 37.5 contact hours = 3 semester hours.

Apply as a participant for a Workshop


1. Click the link above

2. Find "Workshop" row under the College of Education

3. Choose which semester you will be participating in the workshop

4. Follow the link and create your MyFindlay account

5. Apply

If you have questions about the workshops contact Gwynne Rife, Ph.D. at 419-434-4724 or at rife@findlay.edu.