About this Episode


A conversation with Drs. Brittany Pollard and Tiffany Brooks on how counselors can utilize creative interventions to assist those we work with who are experiencing grief and loss while attending to their unique cultural identities.


About Brittany and Tiffany


Dr. Brittany Pollard is an assistant professor in the Department of Counselor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and the Coordinator of Graduate Counseling Programs at their Pittsburgh campus. She earned her Ph.D. in Counselor Education from the University of Tennessee, where she trained undergraduate-, master’s-, and doctoral-level students in grief mentorship and supervised their work with grieving PreK-12 students throughout surrounding counties as part of the Grief Outreach Initiative. While helping to further develop this program, Dr. Pollard received numerous awards, including the Chancellor’s Award for Extraordinary Graduate Student Teaching. Her clinical experiences have centered primarily around working with chronically underrepresented populations, including individuals living with HIV, survivors of domestic violence and addiction, and incarcerated adults. Her focuses on the use of experiential and creative learning methods within counselor education, particularly within several “niche” areas of counseling, including group work, grief, and human sexuality. She is active on the conference presentation circuit at national, regional, state, and local levels and was recently honored with the Dean’s Recognition for Exemplary Scholarship. Dr. Pollard has contributed to several textbooks and has been published recently in journals such as the American Journal of and the Journal of College Student Development. She is currently serving as lead author on a manuscript detailing the grief experiences of graduate counseling students.

You can contact Brittany at bpollard@iup.edu

Tiffany Brooks is an adjunct professor in the School of Professional Counseling program at Lindsey Wilson College. Her counseling experiences include working with college students in career, counseling, and residential environments, as well as with children utilizing child-centered in school and agency settings.  Her interests include college student development, counselor identity development, play therapy, and at-risk children.

You can contact Tiffany at brookst@lindsey.edu

Links from the conversation:


The Dougy Center: https://www.dougy.org/
National Alliance for Grieving Children: https://childrengrieve.org/
Grief Recovery Method : https://www.griefrecoverymethod.com/


Books Referred to in the Conversation and Related Texts:


The Grief Recovery Handbook, 20th Anniversary Expanded Edition: The Action Program for Moving Beyond Death, Divorce, and Other Losses including Health, Career, and Faith by John James and Russell Friedman

Creative Interventions for Bereaved Children by Liana Lowenstein

The Creative Arts in Counseling by Samuel Gladding

Counseling Strategies for Loss and Grief by Keren M. Humphrey


The APA citation for this episode:


Shook, M. (Producer). (2017, October 4). Utilizing Creative and Expressive Techniques to Give Grief a Voice: A Conversation with Brittany Pollard and Tiffany Brooks [Audio Podcast]. The Thoughtful Counselor. Retrieved from http://wp.me/p7R6fn-dV


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