Dear Grief and Growing Weekend Staff Applicant,

Thank you for your interest in working at the Grief & Growing Weekend for Bereaved Individuals and Families.

Please review the important dates and times listed in the 2020 Staff Schedule.  Please also review the Descriptions of positions available, to determine which best suits your experience and abilities before completing the on-line application form below.  If you prefer, you may download this 2020 New Staff Application and return it to us via hard copy mail, fax, or email.  You may also include additional information about yourself, or samples of your work that you would like us to have. Staff applications are due June 30th, and will be considered on a rolling basis.

All applicants must be at least 18 years of age. We’re looking for people who have professional and/or volunteer grief care experience working with children and/or groups of adults; are comfortable witnessing the expression of strong emotions in others; have some clinical, para-professional, volunteer, or therapeutic background; are willing to share in the tasks of running a 3-day residential program doing grief work with a very diverse community and can put the needs of others before their own. We expect our staff to offer support, comfort and resources for the expression and healing of grief, not individual or group therapy.

In addition to the two-hour preparatory session in San Francisco on August 9th, we provide a comprehensive mandatory orientation on-site for all staff starting at 2:00 pm on Thursday, September 3rd, and going through participants’ arrival Friday afternoon. This multi-part orientation, led by the camp directors including Rabbis Eric Weiss and Natan Fenner, Lee L. Pollak, LCSW, Marsha Blachman, LCSW, Debby Graudenz, LMFT and Abra Greenspan, will provide an opportunity for staff to meet one another, to get an introduction to the weekend, debrief their own grief experiences and to explore together the best ways for serving our grieving participants. The orientation takes into account the varying skill and experience levels of the staff.

We encourage staff to arrive on September 3rd between 1:00 and 1:30pm to settle in and prepare for our time together. All staff remain on-site at Redwood Glen (a little inland from Pescadero, in San Mateo County, California) until completion of debriefing and clean-up at approximately 4pm on Sunday, September 6. Staff will be “on duty” until about 11pm on Friday and Saturday nights and begin at about 8am on Saturday and Sunday mornings. While we do not provide transportation to Redwood Glen, we will try to arrange car pools for staff.

We are looking forward to working with you to create a unique and beautiful program of grief support for mourners.

Lee, Eric, Natan, Abra, Debby, and Marsha

Grief and Growing Weekend 2020 - New Staff Application form

  • Attendance is required for the full weekend, including staff orientation

    Thursday, September 3rd (2:00pm) - Sunday, September 6th (4:00pm), over Labor Day weekend
  • Background Information

  • Qualifications, Grief Care Experience (relevant to position desired)

  • Agency/EmployerYearsPosition & Description of DutiesPopulation worked withVolunteer (V) or Professional (P) 
  • References

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  • General Information

  • (We cannot guarantee that everyone will be assigned according to their expressed preferences)
  • Professional Supervision

  • Personal Bereavement and Grief History

  • Applicant's Agreement

  • I understand there are aspects of the Weekend that involve physical exertion including negotiating around the site, potentially carrying small loads, sitting on floor mats in a kids' area, and assisting participants in their use of the site.

  • Are there others you think may be interested in staffing this Weekend? Please encourage them to call the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center at (415) 750-3436 for an application.

    THANK YOU very much for your application. Expect to hear from us in a month to six weeks, but feel free to call if you have any questions about this application or about the program in general.

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