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(p. 38) The Importance of Assessment in Supporting Bereaved Students 

(p. 38) The Importance of Assessment in Supporting Bereaved Students
(p. 38) The Importance of Assessment in Supporting Bereaved Students

Catherine B. Woahn

and Benjamin S. Fernandez

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date: 30 July 2021

This chapter provides a framework allowing school-based mental health practitioners to assess and track characteristics of grief in bereaved students. Several types of assessments and tools (observations, structured interviews, and a range of rating scales) are discussed as a part of a three-tiered support framework to assess and monitor student progress over time. Current approaches to assisting bereaved students vary widely and may over-serve or under-serve students based on limited understanding of grief. There are also individual differences in the grieving process. School-based professionals must conduct assessments that enable them to identify individual needs and potential symptoms of complicated grief that may affect a child’s functioning at school.

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