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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).

Adoption: losses involved, multiple placements, helping families transform through the adoption process, correctly identifying the issues adopted children may be facing.

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

11/9/2019: A Retreat on Approaching Grief and Loss, UCR Extension Center, 1200 University Ave., Riverside, CA, 8:30 am

11/2/19: Understanding Dying to do Grief Well With Your Client, NASW-CA Annual Conference Workshop, San Mateo, CA

10/17-19/19: Therapy Reimagined 2019, The Modern Therapist Conference, Universal Studios Hollywood

10/8-9-19: 2019 National LOSS Team Conference, Annual Conference for Suicide Prevention and Losses, Visalia, CA

4/27/19: Grief Shouldn’t = Forever, CAMFT Statewide conference, San Francisco, CA

4/16/19: Dealing With Loss, UCR Osher Life Lecture Series, UC Riverside

3/22/19: 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

1/23/19: 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.
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