Anna-Maija is a mother to five highly energetic world changers, a Licensed Social Worker, and a graduate student at the University of Southern California, working to attain her Master of Social Work. Anna-Maija’s primary concentration of study is Community Organizing, Planning and Administration. Since graduating from the College of Saint Scholastica in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work, Anna-Maija has developed a passion for building healthy communities and stronger family systems. For the past 4.5 years, Anna-Maija has worked for a community mental health center providing school-based mental health services to students as part of their high school curriculum. As an intern with the SISGI group, Anna-Maija will research topics including; grief and loss experiences of children and teens, the benefits of wrap around services pertaining to families touched by incarceration, and the impact of pornography addiction on family structure.
Best Practices for Grief – Parental Deployment
This series began with an introduction of multiple grief experiences of youth in foster care placement. This series continues with a look at parental deployment and its impact on youth. Multiple relocations. Loss of friendships. Loss of pets. Parental deployment. Death. These are a few of the many grief experiences military children and teens in …
Best Practices for Grief: Foster Care
We remove them from their homes with promises of a better life. We elude them with dreams of safety and a life free from the trauma and pain that often silences the voices of this population of children and teens living in foster care. Often, key players in the lives of foster care youth …
Nov 02 2015
It’s Grief To Me – Death, Divorce, Incarceration, Deployment and Foster Care
When I graduated from high school, I never intended on going back. Then 13 years later, I found myself walking the halls of someone else’s high school thinking about that period of my own life that was so fraught with darkness. But this time my role was different. I was different. I was a mental …