International Summer Institute

International Summer Institute

Join Dougy Center’s knowledgeable staff for an opportunity to learn the basics about The Dougy Center Model, a world renowned peer grief support model for children, teens, and their families. You’ll be joined by dynamic colleagues from across the United States and beyond who plan to implement The Dougy Center Model in their community.

2024 International Summer Institute

The 2024 International Summer Institute is at capacity. If you would like to be placed on the waiting list, please email

July 22-26, 2024
Portland, Oregon

Tuition: $1,650 with discounts available for early and group registration. Continental breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be provided daily.

Learn how to:

  1. Implement The Dougy Center Model in your community, including an overview of philosophies, best practices, and procedures
  2. Identify the core principles and tenets of grief-informed best practices
  3. Develop awareness of personal beliefs, biases, and attitudes about loss and grief
  4. Gain an understanding about the needs of children, teens, and families who are grieving
  5. Develop skills in reflection, awareness, communication, and group facilitation
  6. Consider various outreach efforts to recruit participants and volunteers
  7. Offer a peer grief support program based on The Dougy Center Model to meet the needs of children, teens, and families in your community who are grieving

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At Dougy Center, we value relationships and connection. We intentionally aim to create spaces where people can be heard, valued, and connect with one another. As such, we are capping participation at 20 participants in order to achieve an optimal experience for all participants.

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Annual Scholarships Available

In partnership with the New York Life Foundation, each year, Dougy Center awards four International Summer Institute participants with a scholarship for free tuition, a waiver of $1,650. In addition to completing the application form, applicants will be required to submit supporting documentation and an essay.

Congratulations to the 2024 International Summer Institute Scholarship recipients: Jessica Rousselle of Salem, MA; Elisa Stone of Davis, CA; Amy Wyman of East Falmouth, MA; and Brittney Kennedy of Penfield, NY.

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