In this course, Dr Faith tackles the challenging task of helping children understand and cope with death. This course provides concrete recommendations for educating children and adolescents of different ages, including what parents should and should not say, how to prepare children for impending death, and what to do to help children honour the memory of someone who has died. Dr Faith is strongly committed to “evidence-based treatments,” which means only recommending things that the research shows are helpful.
What you’ll learn
How to talk to children bout death
How to help your child through grieving
Dr Melissa Faith, Ph.D., ABPP
PhD in clinical psychology
Dr Faith is a licensed psychologist and a board certified specialist in clinical child and adolescent psychology. Her subspecialties include pediatric cancer and blood disorders, where she has subspecialized since 2011. Dr Faith sees patients, teaches, and conducts research, with all three of these domains being integral parts of her workweek. She has published numerous research studies, dating back as far as 2005 and including 8 research studies alone in 2018.
Her research and clinical practice is primarily in pediatric cancer and blood disorders but also includes work in bullying, educating physicians and other medical professionals, and helping adolescents who are sexual and gender minorities (e.g., gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender) receive optimal healthcare. She also has specific expertise in “emotion socialization,” which refers to the ways parents teach children and adolescents how to identify, understand, and cope with positive and negative emotions. Dr Faith has been the chair of her institution’s anti-bullying workgroup for over 5 years and continues to advocate for all children to enjoy safe learning environments.