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Expressive Arts Peer Support Group

Expressive Arts is an intervention for bereaved youth that helps youth gain a sense of community, learn to articulate progress they make coping with grief and develop long-term coping skills to healthfully manage grief.

Accepted to the Portfolio: December 2013

Target Outcomes

Short Term Outcomes

  • Youth are assessed regarding their level of grief
  • Youth receive the appropriate support they need--at the necessary level and duration
  • Youth gain a sense of community and experience a decreased sense of isolation
  • Youth articulate the progress they make on coping with their grief

Long Term Outcomes

  • Supported grieving youth exhibit positive academic outcomes, resulting in high school completion and successful transition to post-secondary education.
  • Supported grieving youth have robust support systems and exhibit low health-risk behaviors.

Target Population


  • Childhood (6 - 11)
  • Youth (12 - 16)
  • Transitional Age Youth (16 - 24)

Service Area


  • Southeast (District 1)
  • Southwest (District 2)
  • Central (District 3)
  • Northeast (District 4)
  • Northwest (District 5)