About the Authors and The HEALS Program


Anne Black and Penelope Simpson Adams are the co-founders of The HEALS Program and The Center for Creative Healing, its non-profit umbrella organisation in Putney, Vermont. They are also the authors of The Art of Healing Childhood Grief: A School-based Expressive Arts Program Promoting Social and Emotional Literacy.

Anne Black holds a doctoral degree in Community Psychology, from The Union Institute, is certified by the New England Art Therapy Institute and the Person-Centered Expressive Therapies Institute. She has facilitated training workshops on the east and west coasts and published articles nationally and internationally on the use of the expressive arts in bereavement and personal growth. Anne has also authored A Sample Death Crisis Protocol, and co-authored The Grieving Tree, a workbook for children in grief. As a mother, educator, and writer she is committed to creative expression as means toward internal and external peace.

Penelope Simpson Adams has a master's in counseling and psychology from Antioch of New England Graduate School, and is board eligible as a Nationally Certified Counselor. She is currently seeking licensure as a Clinical Mental Health Counselor and a Master's level Psychologist in the state of Vermont. As a certified Montessori teacher, hospice volunteer, licensed foster parent, and children's therapist Penelope has been devoted to creating and developing educational centers, loss and transition programs, and volunteer and professional training programs. At this time she is working with recovering mothers and their children in The Families in Recovery Program, a residential treatment and research program through The Brattleboro Retreat. She is also the Executive Director for The Center for Creative Healing and The HEALS Program.

The HEALS Program and The Center for Creative Healing

The HEALS (Healing Expressive Arts Loss Support) Program, began in 1990 when the needs of grieving children in Windham County, Vermont were responded to by a handful of innovative volunteers, teachers, school guidance counselors, and professionals. These dedicated people have worked hard volunteering their expertise to weave together the field of thanatology and the expressive arts in an effort to meet the needs of grieving children in their various developmental stages. The HEALS Program works closely with the Brattleboro Area Hospice and the AIDS Project to provide the most comprehensive support services available in southern Vermont. Some of the services that HEALS provides include HEALS Support Groups, Death Crisis Intervention Teams for schools, a Death Crisis Protocol, a four-day HEALS Intensive Volunteer Training Program, a HEALS Professional Training Program (for use in private practice), educational workshops and thanatological presentations. The HEALS Program is a volunteer-based program of The Center for Creative Healing, a non-profit organisation in Putney, Vermont, and is dedicated to promoting a healthier society by supporting and strengthening children in grief. For information on trainings please send requests via e-mail to [email protected].

"Children in grief are a community responsibility."


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