Mission statement: The Stephan Center is a service organization dedicated to those journeying through life transitions. We are committed to providing educational programs, information, and resources to professionals and lay persons as they offer support and understanding to those seeking peace and acceptance in their lives.

We all experience a variety of life losses which include separation from important people, places, items or events unique in our life. Our website is designed to help you with loss.


A message from the Director:

Whenever we experience a loss of any type we process that loss through a series of steps as we adjust to the change in our life. This process is called grieving. These steps include:

  • Difficulty accepting the loss and trying to minimalize or find alternative explanations (Often called denial)
  • Feeling angry about the loss and blaming other people or events
  • Trying to maintain the old patterns, behaviors or routines before adjusting to the new necessary changes. Often referred to as holding onto the “Old normal” (Called “bargaining”)
  • A period of sadness as the permanence of the loss is realized
  • Acceptance of the changes resulting from the loss

This grieving a loss is normal for all people even while the process will be experienced uniquely by each person. Understanding, compassion and kindness by each person toward each other person will provide needed support while the grief is processed.

In this global pandemic all the people of our world are grieving the changes in our old ways of living even as we make adjustments to save lives and our planet.

We can support ourselves and other by implementing the following:

  • Share our feeling with others and offer caring responses
  • Help each other with necessary tasks and needs
  • Stay connected through social media and other methods to reduce isolation and loneliness
  • Think positively fostering hope and well-being
  • Reduce stress through exercise, balanced meals, deep breathing
  • Cultivate spirituality through prayer, meditation, walks in nature, music

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Together we will create a stronger, safer and secure living environment based on
love, compassion , kindness and understanding.

 The Stephan Center is here to support you and your family

If you need help right now dial 2-1-1 from any cell or land-line phone for immediate Health and Human Service assistance in the county in which you call. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with ‘live’ Resource Specialists to assist you. Learn more about Life losses and transitions for children, teens and adults
. Visit our page on Life Losses.

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FALL List of FREE Classes for Foster Parents

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CAIRS Webinar - Creating Trauma-Informed Environments for 211 Clients and Staff

Presented on October 20, 2021by Victoria Stephan, Director, The Stephan Center

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Trauma Informed Certification Program

This online, self-paced 12 module, 24- hour certification program is designed to provide all aspects of the trauma impact on children and adults for professionals in the fields of Social Work, Foster Services, Education, Law Enforcement and Faith Leaders. Special rates available for agencies and school districts.

Learn more about this program here.

Individual Online classes

Individual, 2-hour courses on a variety of topics in relation to trauma, grief/loss and parenting/Fatherhood appropriate for Social Workers, Educators, Foster/Resource Parent, and Faith Leaders.

View all of our online courses here.

Fathers Speaking Out Videos

Fathers Speaking Out is a six (6) video series created with men who are fathering. Three (3) videos are offered in Spanish and three (3) are offered in English. Each session provides both a facilitated video and group discussion around a topic impacting men and the children in their lives. Each session is 90 minutes in lengthen and includes guided discussion questions. Videos are designed to be facilitated by any professional trained in group interactive programs.  Click Here For More Info

View Online at onlineclasses.thestephancenter.org or purchase directly through us.

Latest Articles

Understanding Children’s Grieving

Understanding Children’s Grieving Children’s grief and grieving process is not well understood or supported even though there is some research and information on the subject. (An overview of evidence-based interventions for children and young people experiencing bereavement, loss and grief August 2020 DOI:10.13140/RG.2.2.28840.08961) However between research completed, accepted children’s social emotional development theories, and children’s…

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School Success and Mental Health

School Success and Mental Health We all know we perform better when we feel better; physically or mentally. Now research is supporting our natural instinct with studies documenting children/youth success in school  with positive mental health. But what does that mean? What is positive mental health for  children?  Based on definitions by the leading mental…

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