In this Discussion, you describe how the cognitive abilities at various stages of development influence a childâ€™s understanding of death. Imagine yourself as the social worker helping a bereaved child. What skills and interventions would you use?
- Explain the implications of young childrenâ€™s magical thinking and egocentricity on their ability to understand death.
- As a social worker, how can you assist a parent in helping a bereaved child, under 7 years of age, whose older brother died from a suicide by overdose?
- Justify the type of treatment (individual, family, or group) that you would recommend.
Be sure to support your postings with specific references to the resources.
Edgar-Bailey, M., & Kress, V. E. (2010). Resolving child and adolescent traumatic grief: Creative techniques and interventions. Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, 5(2), 158â€“176. doi:10.1080/15401383.2010.485090
Werner-Lin, A., & Biank, N. M. (2012). Holding parents so they can hold their children: Grief work with surviving spouses to support parentally bereaved children. Omega: Journal of Death & Dying, 66(1), 1â€“16.