Losing a loved one is one of the most difficult experiences a person can face. Dealing with the emotional, physical and intellectual strain caused by the death of someone important to you only compounds the stress you already feel to manage the responsibilities of dental school. In this webinar, attendees will learn about the facets of grief that are unique to students and young adults, along with suggestions and resources to help cope with that grief. The session includes recommendations for those who want to learn how to support a friend or fellow student who is grieving a loss.
David C. Fajgenbaum, MD, MSc, is an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and the co-founder of the National Students of AMF Support Network, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting college students grieving the illness or death of a loved one. Dr. Fajgenbaum co-founded the organization in 2006 in memory of his mother, Anne Marie Fajgenbaum (AMF). The organization is now a national movement that has supported 3,000+ students on 200+ campuses and raises national awareness about college student grief. David received his BS from Georgetown University, his MSc in Public Health from Oxford University, his MD from the University of Pennsylvania, and his MBA from the Wharton School of Business.
Heather Servaty-Seib, PhD, is a counseling psychologist and a professor on the Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program in the Department of Educational Studies at Purdue University. Dr. Servaty-Seib also maintains a small, grief-focused private practice. She is well-published in the areas of adolescent and young adult grief, social support and grief, and she is a past president of the Association for Death Education and Counseling. Much of her recent scholarship has been focused in the area of student bereavement, with articles published in both The Counseling Psychologist and Death Studies. Dr. Servaty-Seib was heavily involved in implementing a bereavement leave policy for students at Purdue University, an effort which has set a precedent for other campuses.
This webinar was a presentation of the ASDA Wellness Initiative.