We recently talked with Dr. David Balk, author of Helping the Bereaved College Student and co-author of Children's Encounters with Death, Bereavement, and Coping, at the ADEC conference. Watch the video clip to hear Dr. Balk discuss if grief counseling works and if "recovery" is possible:


Also, Dr. Balk gets into college student bereavement and obstacles that may prevent students from completing a successful college career in this video clip:


About the Author: David E. Balk, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Health and Nutrition Sciences at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York where he directs Graduate Studies in Thanatology. He is an Associate Editor of Death Studies, and serves as that journal's Book Review Editor. Dr. Balk is a member of ADEC and The International Work Group on Death, Dying, and Bereavement.


View all of our video clips with Dr. David Balk:

David Balk Discusses College Student Bereavement

Key Tips for Universities To Help Bereaved College Students

Does Grief Counseling Work And Is "Recovery" Possible?


About Helping the Bereaved College Student

Approximately one-fourth of all college students suffer the loss of a family member or friend during their college career, yet the prevalence of bereavement on the college campus is largely unrecognized-sometimes by even the bereaved students themselves. This is the only volume to comprehensively address the ways in which bereavement may affect the college student, and guide mental health professionals in effectively treating this underserved population.

Authored by an internationally known expert on bereavement, the book culls the wisdom gained from 25 years of research. It considers the major models of bereavement, grief, and mourning as they apply to the particular life stage and environment of the college student, and includes student narratives, treatment exercises and activities, and issues regarding self-disclosure. This volume will be a vital tool in helping college students to grieve in a constructive manner while avoiding potential obstacles to a successful college career.