American Hospice Foundation, Washington DC, USA

Helen Fitzgerald

helen_smHelen Fitzgerald is a Certified Thantologist, author, and lecturer. For 23 years, she was the coordinator of the Grief Program for Mental Health Services in Fairfax County, Virginia. There, she conducted therapeutic group sessions for grieving children which included pre-schoolers. Her books include The Grieving Child, The Mourning Handbook, and The Grieving Teen. Ms. Fitzgerald has written two manuals for the American Hospice Foundation: the Grief at School Resource Manual and Grief at Work: A Manual of Policies and Practices. She has also written for or has been quoted in Parent's Magazine, Good Housekeeping, and many other publications. Presently, she contributes to the website beliefnet.com.

Ms. Fitzgerald has appeared on the CBS Morning Show, NBC Today Show and Nick News on the Nickelodeon cable network. Washingtonian magazine named Ms. Fitzgerald one of the top Washington psychotherapists. She has provided training for school psychologists and counselors throughout the country and is often called upon to address crisis situations at schools and organizations in the Washington area - including the World Bank, the US Congress, and Children's Hospital.

She is a former board member of the Association for Death Education and Counseling, which presented her with its annual Clinical Services Award. She was also presented the Community Service Award of the Social Work Association of Fairfax County. Her biography appears in Who's Who in America.

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