College students are naturally grieving humans. Away from home, friends and family, learning how to cope with these losses can be difficult. But for students who have experienced a death, divorce, break up, or other significant loss (perhaps due to COVID-19), new coping tools and supports are more important than ever. We will talk about how to best support these young adults while also taking care of our own mental health. We will talk about tough things, but the podcast aims to be inspiring, uplifting and even funny sometimes! Join us!
TMM Episode 18: Lisa Gitelson talks about Foster Care and the Transition to College
Lisa Gitelson was born into a family where everyone did social work/social justice work. She couldn't be prouder of the family that she came from, or more privileged to have grown up in an environment where everyone was able to do this type of work. She started working in child welfare when she was 15 at a summer sleep away camp for children with behavioral special needs. Once she did that, she knew that she wanted to spend her career working in child welfare and has been lucky enough to be able to do so. Lisa has worked privately as an attorney representing child welfare organizations, worked as an attorney for NYC Children's Services, worked in house at a social service agency leading their foster care program and now works at the Council of Family and Child Caring Agencies, COFCCA, advocating for the child welfare organizations of New York. She believes deeply in the power of the family, in the possibility for better and in change that brings better to the families that we serve.
TMM Episode 17: Elise I. Antoine talks about Surviving after two Suicide Attemps
Elise I. Antoine holds a master’s degree in social work and has been in a social worker for 15 years. She is a Life Coach and the CEO of Legacy In The Making.
Elise is a woman of God, a mental health advocate and the founder of Rip The Stigma which is a nonprofit organization that encourages individuals with mental health challenges to speak up and share their stories.
Elise has survived two suicide attempts, sexual abuse, self-mutilation and an eating disorder. Through her life experience her goal is to transform her clients' lives by helping them discover their inner confidence, purpose, and motivate them to build a legacy!
TMM Episode 16: Dr. Tara Egan talks about the Effect of Divorce on College-Aged Students
Dr. Egan has a doctorate in school psychology and has specialized training in counseling and family-school relations. She established Charlotte Parent Coaching, LLC in 2011 and has also worked as an adjunct professor in the undergraduate department at two different colleges. She is the author of two books, Better Behavior for Ages 2-10 (Lesson Ladder, 2013) and Adolescence: A Parent's Guide (Rockridge Press, 2020). She co-hosts a podcast called One Day You'll Thank Me with her teenage daughter and works with clients on all sorts of transitions, including divorce.
Dr. Egan is a wife, an ex-wife, a mom and a stepmom. She is a child and adolescent therapist, a parent coach a podcast host, an author and a public speaker. She can be reached at www.charlotteparentcoaching.com for private therapy or www.drtaraegan.com for coaching, books, parenting webinars and links to her podcast.
TMM Episode 15: Renee Lund on the Death of her Mom as a High School Senior
Renee's mom died after a long illness when she was a senior in high school. Soon after that, the pandemic began and grief support changed, both from professional avenues as well as the support she was able to receive from friends. As they all grieved the loss of their senior year, Renee talks about applying and getting accepted to college so soon after her mom died. She also talks about the transition to college and what has been helpful to her since she got to school.
TMM Episode 14: Litsa Williams, Co-Founder of What's Your Grief
Litsa Williams MA, LCSW-C is a co-founder of the grief community What’s Your Grief. Litsa received her master's degree in social work from The University of Maryland and has a master’s in Philosophy for The University of Warwick (UK). Litsa has been working in the field of grief and loss for 12 years and previously worked in homeless services in Baltimore, MD. Before founding What’s Your Grief, Litsa supported patients and families in the hospital at end of life in circumstances of unexpected death, and provided ongoing grief and bereavement support in the years following the loss as the director of family and community services for the Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland. Feeling frustrated with the online and print materials that were available for grievers, she co-founded What’s Your Grief as a resource offering concrete, practical, creative, down-to-earth, and relatable grief support. What’s Your Grief offers in-person support including workshops, trainings, and support groups and online support including hundreds of articles on all topics around grief and loss, a weekly podcast, and online courses. She has been interviewed as a grief expert for NPR, Washington Post, US News, The New York Times, Huffington Post, and the BBC.
During this episode, Litsa talks about the death of her father when she was in college and the tension she felt being away from home and then going back home where the grief really lived.
To contact Litsa, reach out on social media @Whatsyourgrief or Litsa@whatsyourgrief.com.
TMM Episode 13: Maria Boyes Talks about her Breast Cancer Diagnosis
Maria Boyes, a communications professionals and school psychologist, was diagnosed with Stage 3 Breast Cancer when her sons were in their late teens and her daughter was just 8 years old. She shares what it was like for her, as well as them, when she told them the diagnosis and went through treatment. She also reflects on the possible ways the diagnosis affected her children then and now.
Maria can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to talk to her about her experience, or have questions about your own.
For additional support to talk to your children about a diagnosis of any kind, reach out to email@example.com.
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Very informative and thought provoking!
Very informative and thought-provoking podcast. Great insight into those things you may not be aware of or take notice of on a daily basis. Don’t take anything for granted and check your privilege at the door!
I have a few friends whose parents are divorced but I never really gave it a lot of thought what they are going through. This helped me to understand what they are going through.
I had the pleasure of being a guest on this podcast (Ep 16) and in the course of things, I went and listened to some additional episodes. I was hooked! Interesting guests, a fantastic host, and tons of practical strategies and information for college students and their families to use. Highly recommend.