Speaking Engagements - Keynote & Community

Jill is available for presentations about the following issues:

Grief and loss: all ages, all kinds of losses (pets, family, friends, chronic illness and sudden losses, hospice and what to expect, new ways to see grief, coping, how loss impacts the grieving person, others).

End of life issues: therapists coping with their own losses. personally and professionally; Loss in the age of Covid-19.

Dementia: Losses, involved, coping for those with dementia and those impacted by it, recovery after a loss form dementia, family dynamics in coping with dementia.

Funeral industry: Helping families cope without being their grief counselor, identifying families with issues and high risk individuals, helping families after a mass murder situation, self-care, talking with children and helping parents cope with children after a loss.


Jill Johnson-Young, LCSW, is the CEO and Clinical Director of Central Counseling Services in Riverside. She is a certified Grief Recovery Facilitator and specializes her private practice work in grief and loss, dementia, trauma, and adoption issues.

She has more than a decade of experience with hospice and trains therapists and social workers in areas that include correctly treating childhood trauma, grief and loss, and dementia care. She holds a BA from UC Riverside and her MSW from the University of South Florida.

Jill is the creator of Your Path Through Grief, which is a year-long, comprehensive grief support program which has a free therapist page. She is also the author of Your Own Path Through Grief  a workbook for those in the grief process to work toward recovery, which can be used individually, in a group, or with a therapist. It is available on Amazon.

She’s also the author of the children’s books Someone is sick- how do I say goodbye?  and Someone I love Just Died: What happens now?  She is a member of the Purple Cities coalition in Riverside and facilitates a dementia support group monthly.

Speaking Engagements for Jill Johnson-Young, LCSW 2019-Forward

August 2020: County of Riverside Dementia 101

July 2020: Camp Widow San Diego Conference

June 11-12, 2020: Care In The Age Of Outrage, International Dementia Conference, Sydney Australia

May 31 - June 3, 2020: International Death, Grief and Bereavement Conference La Crosse, Wisconsin

May 2020: County of Riverside Grief Intensive

May 2020:  California Association of Health Providers at Home Conference, Hospice track, Intimacy and grief

February 2020: Camp Widow LGBTQ Conference LA

January 2020: Dementia means losses for the whole family, 1319 Brookside Avenue Redlands, CA

November 9, 2019: A Retreat on Approaching Grief and Loss, UCR Extension Center, 1200 University Ave., Riverside, CA, 8:30 am

November 2019: NASW California State Conference: Doing Grief Right

October 17-19, 2019: Therapy Reimagined 2019, The Modern Therapist Conference, Universal Studios Hollywood

October 2019: National LOSS Team Conference, Annual Conference for Suicide Prevention and Losses, Visalia, CA

October, 2019: County of Riverside: Solution focused Grief and Understanding Death and Dying

October 2019: UCR Extension Program Loss Retreat

September 2019: Therapy Reimagined: Dementia

September 2019: Diversity In Parenting Conference: Adoption

August 2019: NASW Southwest Riverside County

April 2019: CAMFT California State Conference: Grief Does not have to Equal Forever, San Francisco, CA

April 16, 2019: Dealing With Loss, UCR Osher Life Lecture Series, UC Riverside

March 22, 2019: How do I talk to my grieving client? The “stuff” to know, and the words not to use, LOMA LINDA UNIVERSITY │Department of Social Work & Social Ecology, 1898 Business Center Dr., San Bernardino, CA, 9am

January 23, 2019: Memory Loss, Dementia & Alzheimer's Disease: An update for Professionals, Miller Jones Mortuary & Crematory, Ramona Room, 1501 W Florida Ave, Hemet, CA, 10am

Prior Engagements:

  • California Funeral Directors Association, Statewide Conference, 2016: Taking Care of Grieving Families While Taking Care of You
  • CAMFT Inland Empire Chapter, 2017: Dementia 101
  • City of Riverside, Purple Cities Education Series, 2016 available on the city website: Dementia 101
  • CAMFT State Conference, 2013: Treating Adoption Families Right: Attachment Issues versus Attachment Disorder
  • Myositis Foundation of America, 2010: Adapting to change in chronic illness
  • Life Long Learning Program, Cal State University Fullerton, OLLIE, 2014-2018, presenting on talking about death with children, having difficult conversations, breaking the grief rules, multicultural perspectives on burial and cremation, new relationships after loss, and additional topics.