Hi, I’m Julie Blackburn
Let me introduce myself... I created these artful courses for YOU! I know the importance of quality information when you are searching for understanding with your grief. Unfortunately, the internet is full of discussion groups that give misinformation, are a collection of personal experiences, or simply opinion that may distract you from your own growth and empowerment.
You found the First 52 for a number of reasons. You may be looking for some self-help tools. On the other hand, you may not have resources in your area OR you may not want to participate in groups or workshops due to the private nature of your situation. You are welcome here.
Within the courses, it is encouraged you share your experiences as you feel comfortable with other course participants.
The First 52 provides useful information and tools to help you now. I share my experiences from a personal and professional perspective...
I frequently asked "How do I get through this?"
My response... "Have patience with yourself... you start with one the day, one week at a time."
The First 52 is the closest to a step by step guide to the first year of grief that I've seen. I given you the best tools to help you understand YOUR grief proven by my work with own clients since 2009. You don't have to try to figure it out all on your own.
I have had my own personal experience with grief. Sudden death due to asthma, suicide, death due to cancer, loss after long term illness and unexpected accidental death. I know each of my relationships were unique and each grief was equally different.
Life may seem uncertain right now. After significant deaths, my life was different. After caregiving, my life was different. Now, in my understanding of my grief, I am still different. I have and will continue to grow and deepen my relationship with my spirit through these experiences. I'm here to tell you, there is hope.
I decided to make a necessary and rewarding change to counseling and art therapy after caregiving for my own mother-in-law. So, Art Therapy and Counseling are a second career for me that began In 2009. I am licenced for counseling in both Illinois and Indiana and nationally certified as a Nationally Certified Counselor and a Registered Art Therapist. I have presented throughout Illinois and have traveled in the US to present regarding art therapy, grief, and coping. Learn more about my experience and professional memberships.