A Home Within Invites You to Our Next Continuing Education Event 

By Giving List Staff   |   May 10, 2022
Monique B. Mitchell, PhD, FT

Please join us for our next free Continuing Education event!

Did you know that when you volunteer with A Home Within you gain free access to our Continuing Education events? If you are a licensed therapist who’s interested in making a lasting impact on your community, we hope you’ll consider volunteering with A Home Within! 

We are a nationwide network of therapists who each provide free, weekly, one-to-one therapy to a single youth in foster care, “for as long as it takes.” Our volunteers address the trauma and disruption inherent to foster care, help youth manage stress and anxiety, and develop the inner tools they need to become healthy adults. In exchange, our volunteers receive access to consultation groups, free CE credits, and join a nationwide network of peers. Over the past two years there’s been an overwhelming collective experience of grief and loss  — for current and former youth in foster care, experiences with ambiguous loss are undoubtedly familiar.  Clinicians working with these young people can enhance and deepen their work by understanding ambiguous loss and how to best address it in therapy.

Dr. Pauline Boss and Dr. Monique Mitchell will join us on Monday, May 23rd, from 10am-12pm PT to offer an important and timely workshop, Therapeutic Interventions for Ambiguous Loss and Grief Among Youth in Foster Care. Click here to register!

Pauline Boss, PhD

In this workshop, Drs. Boss and Mitchell will define ambiguous loss and explore its potential effects. Participants will learn how to apply both/and thinking in order to manage the stress associated with ambiguous loss, and will also learn about the six domains of ambiguity that former and current youth in foster care frequently experience. Finally, the speakers will provide examples of therapeutic approaches to address grief and grieving among former and current  youth in foster care.

Dr. Boss is well known for her pioneering work on ambiguous loss—clearly relevant to young people’s experience of the pandemic. Dr. Boss and her teachings have recently been featured in the press, including the December New York Times Magazine article “What If There’s No Such Thing As Closure?”

Dr. Mitchell is the Director of Training and Translational Research at Dougy Center and a recognized expert on grief and loss, particularly among foster youth and their families. Her recent publications include a book chapter on “Non Finite and Cumulative Loss in Foster Care,” and the position paper, “Becoming Grief Informed: A Call to Action.”

Particularly given the many losses and challenges of the past two years, the perspectives and insights of Drs. Boss and Mitchell will be invaluable. 

All are welcome. LCSWs can earn 2 CEs for attending the workshop.  

We can’t wait to see you there!


A Home Within

Donate now!

Phone: (510) 387-7518
Executive Director: Reed Connell


With a mission to create and support lasting, caring relationships for children and youth in foster care, A Home Within identifies, recruits, trains, and supports a network of licensed therapists who each provide free, weekly, one-to-one therapy to a single foster youth “for as long as it takes.” For foster youth who often watch people move in and out of their lives, our model creates an anchor of support.

Begin to Build a Relationship

We know you care about where your money goes and how it is used. Connect with this organization’s leadership in order to begin to build this important relationship. Your email will be sent directly to this organization’s director of development and/or Executive Director.

For foster youth, whose access to mental health services is often short-term, episodic, or compulsory, the voluntary long-term one-on-one therapy provided by A Home Within’s therapists can be transformative. The May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust has long supported A Home Within because it is one of the few organizations that matches foster youth with volunteer therapists who build long-term relationships with youth and commit to working with them for as long as they need. A Home Within is meeting a critical need that has only grown during the COVID pandemic and as mental health challenges continue to be among the top pandemic-related issues cited by youth and youth-serving organizations, A Home Within’s work is more important now than ever.

– Elisabeth Cutler
Senior Program Officer, the May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust

A Lifelong Ripple Effect

A Home Within seeks $500,000 to grow its staff and quadruple the number of current and former foster youth it serves in California to 260 over the next year.

Their individual, relationship-based therapy not only helps their clients “heal and learn to thrive,” but also has a ripple effect that radiates throughout the community, says Connell.

“Our young people talk about having healthier relationships with family, friends, and partners,” says  Executive Director Reed Connell.

Donations to A Home Within help the organization recruit and support more therapists around the country, and provide them with clinical supervision, training and continuing education, recognition, and celebration – all of which combine to sustain and honor the commitment each volunteer makes.

Key Supporters

May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust
Sarnat-Hoffman Family Foundation
In-N-Out Burger Foundation
Kaiser Permanente
MYDAR Foundation
Glass Half Full Foundation
Mental Insight Foundation
Aviv Foundation
The Louis and Harold Price Foundation
Renaissance Charitable Foundation
The Battery Foundation
CASA organizations throughout California
Foster Care Research Group at the
University of San Francisco
11 California Family Foundations
Over 350 Individual Donors