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A Program for Grieving Children & Teens Seeks New Volunteers (Training begins June 23rd)

Wilton, Maine  6/12/12 - The Program for Grieving Children & Teens is announcing its next 30-hour volunteer training for individuals interested in being part of the team for upcoming program sessions. Training begins Saturday, June 23rd. The training includes two Saturday sessions: June 23rd and July 14th from 8:30am-5pm and four evening sessions: June 16th, June 28th, July 10th and July 12th from 5:00-8:30pm. Classes will be held at Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice's office located at 284 Main Street, Suite 290 in Wilton.

"During our time at the Hospice House, I was introduced to their bereavement offerings," states Tammy Caron, a participant of the Program for Grieving Children & Teens. "I learned that the children and I need to walk through this. With the help of the Program for Grieving Children & Teens, we continue to walk - not without stumbling - through our changed world."

The training is offered free of charge and is designed to prepare interested participants in the art of volunteer work with grieving children and their families. The course is comprehensive in scope, exploring a wide range of topics including the understanding of grief and its stages, how individuals of varying ages process grief, the use of age appropriate activities within groups, and the safe expression of anger and other emotions.

The Program for Grieving Children & Teens provides non-therapeutic peer-to-peer support for families who have lost a loved one to death. In group settings, children, along with their group facilitator, embark on their unique and individual journeys, exploring their grief through games, activities, art and other forms of self-expression. Accompanying adults also meet during this time to support each other and discuss ways for supporting their families' needs. Volunteer opportunities include facilitating groups for children and adults, greeting or interviewing families, community outreach, and office support. Program sessions are held in Auburn and Wilton.

Due to the nature of the work, program candidates must participant in an interviewing process. Anyone interested in additional information, a training schedule, or an application may contact the 
Volunteer Department at 777-7740 or 1-800-482-7412 ext. 1280.