The Grief & Growth Notebook

This is an interactive workshop for participants to learn more about and apply a technique I used to reframe some of the overwhelming aspects of my grief into a portable, personal work of art.

I first learned of this technique as a counselor working with clients who’d experienced sexual assault, taking professional development workshops with the innovative Jan Hindman, former clinical director of It’s About Childhood. Hindman died in 2007. After my son’s death, a friend gave me a copy of Artful Grief by art therapist Sharon Strouse, whose teen daughter died by suicide. Her work, combined with my own creative process and clinical awareness, inspired and informed my own notebook pages. 

The Grief & Growth Notebook workshop requires at least three hours and some art supplies; it’s most effective in-person, but can be adapted for virtual programming.

In-person workshops 2022: Jan. 29 ADK ArtRise – Saranac Lake, NY 2pm – 5pm & February 12 at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LPCA) 1pm – 4pm. To register: use the contact form on this site, connect with ArtRise (January workshop), or email Tara Palen ( for the February workshop. March 3: VIRTUAL WORKSHOP through the LPCA. Stay tuned!