Upon completion of the presentation(s) participants will be able to:
Have a deeper understanding of loss and the grief process through the eyes of a parent
Identify treatment objectives for individuals
Learn essential elements of forming lasting memories
Understand the tools to provide compassionate care
Apply the concepts behind psychological first aid to pregnancy and infant loss events
Learn the effects of words and attitudes on the experience of bereaved parents
Learn how to support and partner with our bereaved parents
About the Speakers:
Keri Kitchen, M.Ed., L.P.C.C., N.C.C., SBD Secretary/Executive Director
Keri Kitchen is the mother of Carys Rainn and her brothers, Paxton (twin), and Keegan. Keri is a licensed professional clinical counselor and National Certified Counselor with a B.A. in Psychology from Mount Vernon Nazarene University and a M.Ed. in Mental Health Counseling and Human Development from Lindsey Wilson School of Professional Counseling. Keri is also a certified birth and bereavement doula and has training in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy.
Cathie Whitt, RN
After obtaining an Associates degree in Nursing from Ashland Community College, Cathie spent 10 years as a Senior Community Health Nurse at the FIVCO District Health Department. Cathie has provided care for countless mothers and babies at KDMC in her combined 29 years as a staff nurse in Labor and Delivery, Mother/Baby, NICU, and the Newborn Nursery. Cathie serves as Grief Coordinator at KDMC and specializes in bereavement, caring for families who have experienced pregnancy and infant loss. In addition, Cathie is the facilitator of the Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support group through the hospital, and works to organize additional remembrance and support events.
Heather Pick, R.N.
Heather Pick is married to Adam Pick and the mommy to Bryson, Christian, & Wyatt . She obtained her Bachelors of Science in Nursing in May 2006 from Marshall University. She is currently employed at King's Daughters Medical Center and has worked in the Emergency Department as a nurse for 9 years. While she was in school. She was a nurse extern at St Mary's Medical Center in labor and delivery. Her passion is to bring awareness to parents who have lost their children and started a Miles for Awareness campaign to dedicate her running miles to parents who have lost children or suffer from infertility. She ran her first half marathon in remembrance of over 50 families.
Fee: Suggested donation of $10
Online: Register below
Email: keri at carysrainn.org
Phone: (606) 923-7648
Purpose: This educational activity is intended to enhance the knowledge and skill of the healthcare professional or anyone caring for parents and families experiencing an infant/child loss, applying the concepts found in Psychological First Aid.
The Carys Rainn Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit, faith-based organization, was founded in 2011 with the purpose of promoting hope and healing for individuals and families who have experienced or are facing pregnancy or infant loss. The foundation is supported through donations. www.carysrainn.org