Can We Take the Bus to Heaven?

February 11, 2011
8:30 AM - 1:30 PM

University Settlement Presents:

"Can We Take the Bus to Heaven?"
Examining Grief and Loss in Children

Friday, February 11, 2011
8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
184 Eldridge Street, New York City

Fee: $60 

Breakfast served
Lunch served by request--when registering, please indicate if

you will be staying for a boxed lunch.


Join us for an interactive conference to learn about the impact of death in early childhood through adolescence, explore different modalities of working with bereaved children and families in a multicultural context, understand the ripple effect of community violence in urban environments, and meet others in your field.  Participants will have the unique opportunity to engage in round table discussions with the presenters about challenges and barriers to this important work.

Suitable for professionals working in human services, education, social services, mental health and medical settings.


Registration is now closed.


Robert Ludwig, M.Ed, M.A.--Keynote speaker
Mr. Ludwig has worked extensively with children in both therapeutic educational programs and bereavement support programs since 1986. His work has been in both private and public educational therapeutic programs.  An accomplished presenter, Mr. Ludwig provides Bereavement Education Seminars conducted for staff and faculty at social service agencies, mental health centers, hospitals and schools.   In private practice, his focus is on therapeutic interventions for grieving parents and their children due to a traumatic death. From 1993 to 2008 he was on staff at Brooklyn's Long Island College Hospital. During that time he founded and directed The Healing Center, a clinical bereavement counseling program for children and adults. He is also an adjunct professor at CUNY Brooklyn College/Department of Health and Nutrition Sciences. Robert Ludwig received his graduate degrees from Teacher's College, Columbia University in neurologically related learning disabilities. His studies in bereavement included course work at New York University and the Association for Death Education and Counseling.  He and his domestic partner live in Brooklyn, NY. You may contact Robert at

Heather Macdonald, Psy.D
Dr. Heather Macdonald is a licensed clinical psychologist who currently works as an assessor and therapist in Boston, Massachusetts. Her current work involves community outreach, assessment, and individual therapeutic services to children and families in the foster care system and with youth involved in the juvenile justice system. Gang resistance initiatives and youth violence prevention have been long standing areas of professional interests. As a community based clinical psychologist she has always sought to understand mental health issues within the context of their respective social, economic and political environments and believes that groups and communities are the preferred sites of intervention. While working in Portland, Oregon, Dr. Macdonald created a curriculum for urban youth who witnessed extreme community and domestic violence.  Dr. Macdonald's work in the inner city has led to scholarly research on the interface between culture, social justice and psychotherapy. Her research draws upon a cross-fertilization of ideas and disciplines including cultural phenomenology and theories of embodiment. Her most recent paper presentation occurred at the Society for Personality Assessment in March, 2010 on Issues of Translation, Mistrust and Co-Collaboration in Therapeutic Assessment.

Eva Wong, M.A.

Eva Wong is an early childhood clinician whose educational background includes a B.M. in Actuarial Science and an M.A. in mental health counseling. She has advocated for and worked with the Chinese community in Manhattan and Queens for the past five years through her involvement and leadership in various non-profit organizations. At University Settlement's Butterflies program, Eva provides individual, dyadic and group play therapy to children ages 0-5 and their caregivers as well as workshops for parents and staff in English, Cantonese and Mandarin.  She recently co-facilitated a bereavement group for children ages 3-5.

Katie MacIntyre, LCAT, ATR-BC
Katie MacIntyre is an art therapist whose educational background includes a B.S. and an M.A. in clinical art therapy. Most of her ten years' experience has focused on work in a variety of childhood settings, including inpatient psychiatric facilities, therapeutic camps, alternative schools and special needs programs. Currently, Katie provides individual, group and dyadic art therapy to children ages 0-5 and their caregivers as well as workshops for parents and professionals at University Settlement's Butterflies program.  She recently co-facilitated an art therapy group for a classroom of 4-year-olds who witnessed the accidental death of two classmates.


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