Getting Your School Group Started

Thank you for your interest in Judi’s House’s grief programming. We are grateful for the work local school personnel put in to making our programming a success. We are excited about offering our Pathfinders groups in schools in the 2016-2017 school year.

This page contains links to all of the initial application and forms. Please book mark this page for future reference or save the email that directed you here.

Participating schools must agree to and sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Judi’s House. Potential Pathfinders group participants MUST complete the student application and mandatory disclosure statement. 

The process for starting and executing a successful group is as follows:

  1. The school representative and appropriate administrators review and agree to the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).
  2. The school representative identifies and screens students in the community who are:
    • Actively grieving a significant death loss;
    • Able to demonstrate support for others;
    • Able to contribute to a safe group environment (such as ability to maintain confidentiality of other group members).
  3. The school representative provides the application link (included here) to parents/caregivers of qualified students. The application takes 25 minutes or less to complete and must be completed in one session.
  4. The Judi’s House Community-Based Team will inform the school representative when applications are received.
  5. The school representative will obtain a signed disclosure form for each qualified student.
  6. When a total of SIX applications and disclosure forms have been received and reviewed for group fit, the Community-Based Team will set up a meeting with the school representative, a member of school administration, and the group facilitator at the school to review and sign the MOU, review student applications, and confirm dates and times for group.
  7. A successful group includes:
    • A predictable meeting time for about an hour,
    • A space that is private, appropriate, and uninterrupted,
    • An identified, consistent school mental health professional (school representative) on-site and available during and following each group session (school staff are not required to participate in grief groups),
    • Follow-up support from the school representative as necessary regarding suicide or self-harm assessment or check-ins between groups

Should you have any questions or concerns about any of this information, please contact us at schoolgroups@judishouse.org or 720-941-0331 x210. We appreciate all you do to educate and nurture children throughout Denver and look forward to working with you!

ATTN: School Groups
Judi's House
1741 Gaylord Street
Denver, CO 80206

FAX: 720.941.0728