Curriculum Vitae


Coral Popowitz



  • MSW, St. Catherine’s/University of St. Thomas
  • MA, Transpersonal Psychology, Naropa University
  • BAS, Psychology, University of Minnesota Duluth
  • BA, Communication, University of Minnesota Duluth

Professional Experience

  • Children’s Grief Connection, Executive Director 2007-present
  • Monarch Counseling Service, private practice 2004-present
  • Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, Adjunct Professor 2017-present
  • Pine County Sheriff/Pine Medical Center Chaplain 2003-present
  • Rural AIDS Action Network, East Central MN case manager, 2003-2007
  • Willow River Fire Department Emergency Medical Technician 1993-2010
  • Professional Association of Treatment Homes, therapeutic foster parent 1991-2005


  • Thanatology – Association for Death Educators and Counselors
  • Trauma & Loss Clinical Specialist – National Institute for Trauma & Loss in Children
  • YogaCalm instructor
  • Trauma Studies Certification – University of Minnesota
  • EMDR – Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing International Assn. Certification

Professional Affiliations

  • Association of Death Educators and Counselors
  • National Alliance for Grieving Children
  • Twin Cities Children’s Grief Consortium
  • Insight Celebrants
  • National Association of Social Workers-Heartland Chapter
  • Minnesota Society for Clinical Social Work
  • Rural Social Workers Caucus

Publications/Presentations/Programs (incomplete list)

  • Hearts of Hope Family Grief Camp – developmentally designed weekend program for grieving children and families from birth through grandparenthood
  • Impact of Grief© 6 week series of grief education and support developed and presented in hospital/community setting
  • Holiday Heartbreak© grief support and education developed for funeral director presentation during winter holidays
  • Understanding Anniversary Grief presented at Minnesota Children’s Mental Health Conference
  • Emerging Adults- The Forgotten Mourners – presented at International Death, Bereavement and Grief Conference
  • Communities in Grief – Southwest Minnesota School Social Worker Conference keynote,
  • Minnesota Funeral Directors Association conference presentation
  • Finding Hope and Grace When Grief has Shattered your World – presented at 24th annual Beyond Sorrow conference
  • The Cumulative Toll of Our Work – self/care, stress management presentation given to numerous providers
  • Somatic Interventions with Traumatized Children presented to Northwood Children’s Home therapeutic staff
  • Pause, Post-it and Prevail-Self-care for the Professional Caregiver – National Funeral Directors Assn. Conference
  • Words That Hurt the Bereaved (2016) Self-published
  • Grief Recovery for Teens: Letting Go of Painful Emotions with Body-based Practices (2017) New Harbinger Publications



Professional and personal references available on request

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