A nationally recognized leader in the field of coping with traumatic loss and compassion fatigue is scheduled to give presentations in Sturgeon Bay tonight and Tuesday.
Barbara Rubel is a former hospice bereavement counselor and teacher at Brooklyn College who has developed Palette of Grief: The art of dealing with life-changing events. The Door County Public Health Department's Mental Health Focus Group is bringing her into town for two presentations:
? "But I Didn't Say Goodbye: Helping children children and families after a sudden loss," intended for parents, school staff, and those who interact with children, 7-8 p.m. Monday in the auditorium at Sturgeon Bay High School, 1230 Michigan St. This is a free event with refreshments provided.
? "Stressed out???" is a free community event that includes a resource fair starting at 6:30 p.m. and Rubel's presentation at 7 p.m. at Stone Harbor Resort and Conference Center, 107 N. First Ave., Sturgeon Bay. The event is designed to help people develop a mental health survival kit, develop techniques to cope with sources of stress at home and at work, recognize hidden stressors and burnout, and discover what resilience is and why it is important.
Rubel's visit is sponsored by Ministry Door County Medical Center, United Way of Door County, Door County Department of Human Services and Door County Public Health Department.