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Legislative update / Camps for grieving children

Written by Scott LaMar, Host and Executive Producer and Merideth Bucher, Producer | Apr 12, 2019 4:03 AM

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What to look for on Smart Talk Friday, April 12, 2019:

It has been a busy week at the State Capitol in Harrisburg.  WITF's Capitol Bureau Chief Katie Meyer appears on Friday's Smart Talk to provide an update and insight into several high profile issues and pieces of legislation.

Among the topics to be discussed are proposals to close the pay gap between men and women in Pennsylvania, bills that would alter the statute of limitations in child sex abuse cases, legislation to remove guns when a person is considered a danger to themselves or others, and plans to save two Pennsylvania nuclear plants from being shut down.

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Katie Meyer, WITF's Capitol bureau chief.

Also, the death of a loved-one often has a devastating impact on a family. Children often experience great difficulty adjusting through their grief, because they don't have the life experiences or coping skills to process the loss 

Ten years ago, a camp in Maine was established where kids can explore their grief and feelings of isolation.  

Experience Camps have expanded to other states, including here in Pennsylvania. The campers enjoy a typical summer camp experience with one main difference: Every camper has lost someone, too.  

Appearing on Friday's Smart Talk to discuss the Experience Camp "experience" is Dan Wolfson, PsyD, clinical director of the Pennsylvania boys program, who has been involved with Experience Camps since their first summer in Maine in 2009.  Also, Lisa and Ian Kelly, who lost their husband and father nearly four years ago, join Smart Talk to share their personal story.  

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Dr. Dan Wolfson, PsyD, clinical director of the Pennsylvania boys program, and the Mid-Atlantic Region clinical director of Experience Camps.

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Dr. Brendan Kelly

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The Kelly family, including Ian on the far left

 

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