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  • Institute welcomes new board members, hears Grief Center update

    Judy Schiffman updates Institute Board on Barr Harris Childrens Grief CenterJudy Schiffman presented to Institute board members as part of a "mission moment" at our December meeting.

    The Institute board welcomed new members Jacques Gourguechon, AIPC, LPC; Ellen Rosenberg, PhD, and Jesse Viner, MD at its December 11 meeting.

    Board members also heard about the Institute’s clinical services from Judy Schiffman, director of the Institute’s Barr-Harris Children’s Grief Center, as part of a “mission moment” during the meeting.

    Mission Moment: Grief counseling for children & families

    Soon after the Institute created the Children’s Grief Center in 1976, leaders decided to add local treatment centers to increase access to care in neighborhoods and suburbs around the region.

    Expansion began on the Southwest and South sides of Chicago at Little Company of Mary and La Rabida Children’s hospitals,, then grew to include northern suburbs Evanston and Deerfield. Interns, recruited from eight graduate schools around the region, also work with children in Chicago and Evanston public schools.

    As with all the Institute’s treatment centers, fees are set on a sliding scale and no-one is denied treatment because of inability to pay. Immediate consultation is offered to families who have suffered a loss, and children and families are treated for as long as there is a need.

    The Barr-Harris Children’s Grief Center can be reached at (312) 897-1410 (leave voicemail outside of office hours) or by email to info@barrharris.org. Staff there help callers determine the closest and most convenient location.

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