Staff

Tamarack Staff

Tina Barrett

Tina Barrett : Executive Director & Co-Founder of TGRC
EdD, LCPC
tinab@tamarackgrc.org
(406)541-8472

Executive Director & Co-Founder of TGRC

Missoula, Montana

Since 1994, Dr. Tina Barrett has specialized in family systems, strength-oriented and outdoor-based support following grief and trauma. Co-founder and Executive Director of Tamarack Grief Resource Center, Barrett focuses on best practices of nature-based support with trauma survivors and  family-systems. Barrett has directed various models of over 100 grief camps since 1996 in Montana and six other states. She has facilitated bereavement groups since 1995 and has assisted with group facilitator training and supervision for over 18 years. She serves on the Advisory Board for the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) and serves as a Senior Consultant for the National Military Suicide Survivors Seminar. Barrett also serves on the Leadership Team of the Western Montana Suicide Prevention Initiative. She provides interactive, inspiring trainings throughout Montana and at national conferences including Association for Death Educators and Counselors (ADEC); National Alliance for Grieving Children (NAGC); and National Bereavement Camp Conference and has published numerous chapters and articles.

Sample Community Outreach/Volunteer Activities & Scholarly Productivity:

  • Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors Board of Advisers, Present
  • Camp Mak-A-Dream, Oncology Camp Workshop Facilitator, 2000-2008
  • National Bereavement Camp Conference, Presenter, 2011 & 2013
  • Montana Nursing Association State Convention, Presenter, 2010
  • Association for Death Educators and Counselors, Presenter, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016
  • National Alliance for Grieving Children Symposium Presenter, 2008, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Bike and Build: Community Workshop – Trauma Support Coordinator/Facilitator
  • Ronan School District: Personal Training - Grief In Schools
  • Plains Medical Center Educational Workshop: Supporting Grieving Kids, 2007
  • NASW Supporting Military Personnel and Families, Exhibitor, 2007
  • Group Facilitator Training: Grief after Suicide, DPHHS, 2010, 2011, 2012
  • Grief in Schools, Department of Public Health: Foster Parent Training – Kids & Grief
  • Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, Camp and Seminar Facilitator,  2007-Present

Sampling of Recent Specialized Trainings Include:

  • Robert Neimeyer, PhD - Lessons of Loss: Working with complicated grief, 2011
  • Association for Death Educators and Counselors, Being a Healing Presence in a Hurting World, 2012
  • Open to Hope: Grief following trauma and tragedy with Heidi Horsley, PsyD, LCSW, 2012 
  • Devastating Losses: New Understandings, New Directions, Jack Jordan, PhD, 2013
  • Grief After Suicide: Understanding Consequences & Caring for Survivors, Jack Jordan, PhD, 2013
  • Trauma Practice: Tools for Stabilization and Recovery, Eric Gentry, PhD, 2014
  • Professional Resiliency: Fitness for the Frontline, Eric Gentry, PhD, 2014
  • Montana Conference for Suicide Prevention, 2014
  • Suicide Prevention Summit, 2014
  • Association for Death Educators and Counselors, Riding the Dragon,  2014
  • Association for Death Educators and Counselors, Strengthening the Inner life of the Caregiver, 2014
  • Association for Death Educators and Counselors, Bridging Research & Practice DSM 5, 2014
  • Mindfulness in Grief: Techniques for Post traumatic Growth - 2015
  • Best Practices in Suicide Bereavement: A New National Report - John Jordan Phd; Robert Neimeyer PhD; Franklin Cook, MA, 2015
  • Considering the Loss of a Child in the Context of Grieving Couples, 2015
  •  The internal Worlds of Grieving Families - Janice Winchester Nadeau, Phd, LP, LMFT, RN FT-2015
  • Teaching about Life and Living in Death & Dying Courses - Charles Corr, PhD, 2015
  • Family Bereavement Program Effects on Bereaved Parents, Tim Ayers, PhD; Irwin Sandler, PhD, Jenn-Yun tein, PhD; Heining Cham, MA; Sharlene A Wolchik, PhD
  • Transforming Trauma - How to do this work and not completely lose our minds, Laura Van Dernoot Lipsky
  • Old Meets New, East Meets West: The Fusion of Grief Experience of Ritualization Among Chinese, Amy Chow PhD, 2015
  • Meaning Centered Grief Therapy: Theory, Practice, and Promise, Wendy Lichtenthal PhD & Corinne Sweeney, MA, 2015
  • Post Traumatic Growth Following the Loss of a Pet, 2015
  • The National Alliance for Grieving Children Literature Compilation Project: Addressing the State of Research on Childhood & Adolescent Grief, 2015
  • Suicide Assessment, Intervention, and Care with John Sommers-Flanagan, PhD, 2015
  • Social, Emotional, and Cultural Dimensions of Grief, John Sommers-Flanagan, PhD, 2015
  • Creative and Inclusive Approaches to Grief, Alesia K. Alexander, MSW, 2016
  • Suicide Bereavement Clinician Training, Jack Jordan, PhD, 2016

Publications Include:

  • Barrett, T. & Murphy, M. (2017). The dirt on sibling grief: A look at bereavement camps. In B.J. Marshall & H. R. Winokuer (Eds). Sibling Loss Across the Lifespan (pp. 184-192). New York: Routledge.
  • Barrett, C. (2012). The grief spiral. In R. A. Neimeyer (Ed.). Techniques of grief therapy: Creative practices for counseling the bereaved (pp. 347-350). New York: Routledge.
  • Barrett, T. (2012). The dirt on teen grief: Models of outdoor-based support programs for bereaved adolescents.  The Forum, 38  (2), 19-20.
  • Mayer, D. & Barrett, C. (2012). Memory Boats . In R. A. Neimeyer (Ed.). Techniques of grief therapy: Creative practices for  counseling the bereaved (pp. 351-353). New York: Routledge.
  • Thiel, C. & Barrett, C. (2012). Natural Reminders. In R. A. Neimeyer (Ed.). Techniques of grief therapy: Creative practices for  counseling the bereaved (pp. 247-249). New York: Routledge.
  • Barrett, C. (2003). Bereavement Camp: A qualitative analysis of a therapeutic program for grieving youth. Unpublished manuscript. University of MT archives.
  • Sommers-Flanagan, R; Barrett-Hakanson, T; Clarke, C; Sommers-Flanagan, J. (2000). Coping Skills for Adolescents. Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 25(2), p170-90.

Adrienne Tauses

Adrienne Tauses : Clinical Manager
MSW, LCSW
adriennet@tamarackgrc.org
(406) 541-8472

Clinical Manager

Adrienne Tauses, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, provides counseling with individuals, couples, and families, and completed her graduate degree from Columbia University School of Social Work, Advanced Placement. With over 10 years of clinical work experience, including in private practice, community health centers, oncology consultations, and wilderness and equine-assisted therapy, she works collaboratively with clients to re-access their inner strength and cultivate their resilience.
In her practice, Adrienne works from a strengths perspective with a focus on depth introspection and utilizes the healing resources that people naturally possess within. She often utilizes mindfulness-based stress reduction and focuses on identifying and redefining meaning following traumatic events and losses. She is trained in EMDR, a tool that can be beneficial in increasing post traumatic growth. Adrienne is bilingual in English and Spanish.

 

Specialized Trainings include:
    • PTSD and Beyond: Multimodal Approach to Treatment of Traumatic Experiences
    • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
    • Level II Certified Substance Use Disorder Counselor
    • Sacred Art of Living and Dying
    • Interpersonal Neuro-Biology in Using Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
    • Neuroscience of Self and Self Acceptance
    • Communication and Difficult Conversations in Living with Serious Illness

Ariell Pirwitz

Ariell Pirwitz : Outreach & Development Specialist

ariellp@tamarackgrc.org
(406) 541-8472

Outreach & Development Specialist

Ariell Pirwitz is an Outreach & Development Specialist. She has a BA in Organizational Communication from the University of Montana, has spent the last ten years building a small independent business, and has experience working with youth, adolescents, and adults. She has been a longtime friend, participant, and supporter.

Specialized Trainings include:

    • The Dirt on Childhood Grief: Volunteer Training, July 2018
    • ASIST Suicide Intervention Training, September 2018
    • QPR Facilitator Training, November 2018
    • Signs of Suicide (SOS) Facilitator Training, December 2018
    • All Hands on Deck: Integrating a Mission-Based Fundraising Approach, June 2019
    • Telling Grief Stories: How to Use Social Media Effectively for Fundraising and Awareness, June 2019
    • Using the Childhood Bereavement Estimation Model (CBEM) to Improve Bereavement Services, June 2019
    • Supporting Families After a Death Due to Opioid Overdose, June 2019
    • Donor Stewardship and Engagement to Encourage Longterm Constituent Relationships, June 2019
    • What to Do, How to do It, and Why it Matters; New Stratagies for Helping Children Heal, Find Resilience, and Remember Loved Ones, June 19

Aubrey Howell

Aubrey Howell : Flathead Program Manager

aubreyh@tamarackgrc.org
(406)541-8472

Flathead Program Manager

Flathead Program Manager, Aubrey Howell, helps facilitate and coordinate TGRC programming, assists with administrative functioning of the office and co-facilitates camps, workshops and groups. Aubrey attended the University of Montana and has her Bachelor of Social Work.

Specialized Trainings Include:

    • "The Dirt on Childhood Grief" TGRC Volunteer Training, June 2015
    • Community Workshop: Grief After Suicide, April 26, 2016
    • Suicide Bereavement Clinician Training Program, April 28, 2016
    • Creative & Inclusive Approaches to Grief, April 29, 2016
    • ASIST Suicide Intervention Training, September 2018
    • Honoring One's Love Stories, June 2019
    • Exploring Posttraumatic Growth with Bereaved Children and Adolescents Utilizing Expressive Arts, June 2019
    • Preparing the Student: Grounding Techniques for School-Based Groups, June 2019
    • Surviving the Unimaginable: Supporting Families After Domestic Homicide, June 2019
    • Building a Trauma- and Bereavement-Informed Community, June 2019
    • Out of the Shadows: Meeting the Needs of Widowed Parents, June 2019 

Dawn Henderson

Dawn Henderson : Flathead Program Liaison

dawnh@tamarackgrc.org
(406) 261-0724

Flathead Program Liaison

Dawn Henderson, Flathead Program Coordinator, understands the power of grief support and education and has great perspective from both sides of grief—as a griever and supporter since the death of her husband in 2012.  Her work in the Flathead Valley and beyond expands grief resources to those in need.

Erin Austin

Erin Austin : Assistant Director

erina@tamarackgrc.org
(406) 541-8472

Assistant Director

As Assistant Director, Erin Austin coordinates and facilitates TGRC programming in Missoula and the surrounding areas, co-facilitates camps, workshops, and groups, and supports the Executive Director and nonprofit functioning of TGRC in a variety of roles. Erin brings over 5 years of experience in non-profit management, program management, outreach and partnerships with schools, and development. She was a participant in "Reimagine End of Life" week-long conference and is a Signs of Suicide Facilitator.

Specialized Trainings include:

    • "The Dirt on Childhood Grief" TGRC Volunteer Training, January 2019 
    • TGRC Group Facilitator Training, March 2019
    • Children's Understanding of Death and Grief: A Complex Interaction of Development, Experiences, Environment, and Communication, June 2019
    • Telling Grief Stories: How to Use Social Media Effectively for Fundraising and Awareness, June 2019
    • Yoga to Remember: Using Yoga as Grief Support and to Generate Community, June 2019
    • What to Do, How to do It, and Why it Matters; New Stratagies for Helping Children Heal, Find Resilience, and Remember Loved Ones, June 19

 

Kate Newby-Wells

Kate Newby-Wells : Grief Specialist Intern

katew@tamarackgrc.org
406-541-8472

Grief Specialist Intern

As Grief Specialist Intern, Kate Newby-Wells provides counseling for children, teens, adults, and families. After the untimely of both her parents and through her own grief support, Kate was inspired to leave her corporate job and pursue graduate school so that she might support others during their journey with grief. Kate began working with TGRC 5 years ago as CARE Team volunteer at A Camp to Remember. Kate has a B.A. in Liberal Arts from the University of Montana (1998) and is pursuing a Masters in Clinical Mental Health with the University of Montana.

Kim Parrow

Kim Parrow : Lead Grief Specialist
MA, LCPC
kimp@tamarackgrc.org
(406) 541-8472

Lead Grief Specialist

Kim Parrow, MA, LCPC  provides grief support consultations and counseling, professional educational seminars, and community workshops. She is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and an EMDR trained clinician. Kim has extensive experience working with individuals, couples, and families as they navigate family structure changes in response to loss. Kim's strengths-based approach emphasizes collaboration with each person and their unique experience with grief and healing. Kim is currently pursuing a doctorate in counselor education.

Specialized Trainings Include:

      • Gottman Method Couples Therapy Levels I & II. December 2015
      • U of M Workshop Series: Educating & Counseling Couples. May 2015
      • U of M Workshop Series: Counseling Children & Youth. December 2015
      • Grief Institute: Suicide Bereavement Clinician Training Program. April 28, 2016
      • "The Dirt on Childhood Grief" TGRC Volunteer Training. June 2016
      • Grief Institute, 2017, 2018, 2019
      • Evidence-Based Trauma Treatments & Interventions, 2019
      • 10 Core Competencies of Trauma PTSD, Grief & Loss, 2019
      • EMDR Clinician Training, 2019

    Community Outreach/Volunteer Activities & Scholarly Productivity Include:

      • “RECHARGE: Enhancing Organizational, Interpersonal, and Intrapersonal Workplace Wellness” seminar, Spring 2019
      • “Gottman’s Making Relationships Work” seminar, Spring 2019
      • Co-Presenter “Grief in Schools- Supporting Students, Staff, & Families”, Fall 2017
      • Co-Presenter, “Grief Matters- Stabilizing & Strengthening Families”, Fall 2016
      • “Community Conversations about Grief & Loss”, Continuing as needed
      •  “Grief Matters- Community Workshop”, Continuing monthly

McKenna Robertson

McKenna Robertson : Program Outreach Assistant

mckennar@tamarackgrc.org
406-541-8472

Program Outreach Assistant

As Program Outreach Assistant, McKenna supports the TGRC program team and engages with the community in a variety of roles. McKenna brings her passion for meeting community needs and supporting grieving individuals to TGRC. She has over 7 years of experience working with youth in schools and camp settings. She is working towards her B.A. in Anthropology.

Meg Smith

Meg Smith : Nonprofit Coordinator

megs@tamarackgrc.org
(406) 541-8472

Nonprofit Coordinator

Meg Smith has an MA in Environmental Humanities from Bath Spa University and a BA in English Literature and Teaching from the University of Montana. As Nonprofit Coordinator, she is responsible for the administrative functioning of the nonprofit, as well as assisting with development. She brings a passion for organization and a history of volunteering and working with local nonprofits.

Melanie Johnson

Melanie Johnson : Grief Support Coordinator
MSW
melaniej@tamarackgrc.org
(406) 541-8472

Grief Support Coordinator

Melanie Johnson, MSW, provides counseling for children, teens, adults and families. Melanie has community crisis response, case management, and advocacy experience. She has experience in working with women and children impacted by domestic violence. Melanie has served on the CARE Team of A Camp to Remember and has a strong background in various childhood bereavement grief camps. She graduated from Walla Walla University School of Social Work in June of 2019 and is a Clinical Social Work Licensure Candidate.

Specialized Trainings include:

    • Supporting Those Experiencing Domestic Violence, Advocate Training, September 2017
    • QPR Gatekeeper Training, March 2018
    • A Window Between Worlds (AWBW) Facilitator Training, April 2018
    • The Dirt on Childhood Grief: Volunteer Training, July 2018
    • Signs of Suicide (SOS) Training, October 2018
    • Gottman Method Couples Therapy Level I, June 2019
    • Innovative and Interactive Approaches to Suicide Assessment and Safety Planning, June 2019
    • Exploring Posttraumatic Growth with Bereaved Children and Adolescents Utilizing Expressive Arts, June 2019
    • Interventions for Youth Trauma and Grief in Suicide and Homicide Loss, June 2019
    • Developing, Implementing, and Evaluating School-Based Grief Partnerships, June 2019
    • Pave the Way for Behavioral Change, June 2019
    • What to Do, How to do It, and Why it Matters; New Stratagies for Helping Children Heal, Find Resilience, and Remember Loved Ones, June 2019

 

Melanie Rose Trost

Melanie Rose Trost : Grief Support Specialist
LCSW
melanieroset@tamarackgrc.org
406-541-8472

Grief Support Specialist

Melanie Rose Trost, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, provides counseling for individuals and families who
are living with loss and change. She completed a Social Work MSW through The University of Montana
and earned a PhD in Social Psychology from Arizona State University. She has provided counseling
support for hospice patients and grieving families throughout the Northwest for 15 years. As a counselor,
she joins with clients in working with distress and adjustment concerns through a person-centered
approach that provides empathic support, identifies strengths, and builds resilience. She utilizes
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness-based methods for reducing stress, coping with intrusive
thoughts and somatic symptoms, and creating space for growth and change. As a former professor and
educator, she speaks to organizations and groups about end of life communication needs, coping with
loss and change, and supporting oneself and loved ones in the grief process. She is Certified in
Thanatology: Death, Dying, and Bereavement (CT) through the Association of Death Education and
Counseling (ADEC), a professional organization that promotes excellence in grief counseling, death
education, care of the dying, and thanatology research.

Specialized Trainings include:

  • ADEC Annual Conference via webcast, 2019 and 2016. Attended ADEC Conference in 2017, 2015, and 2010. ADEC presents the latest research and best practices in bereavement care and counseling.  
  • “Facilitating Positive Outcomes for Grieving Youth,” Dr Donna Schuurman, TGRC Grief Institute, 2019  
  • “Advances in Suicide Assessment and Treatment Planning,” Dr John Sommers-Flanagan, TGRC Grief Institute, 2019  
  • “Complicated Bereavement and Grief Theory,” Professional Development training with Dr Robert Neimeyer, ADEC, 2017  
  • “Suicide Bereavement Clinician Training,” Dr Jack Jordan, TGRC Grief Institute, 2016  
  • “The Neurobiology of Trauma & Resilience,” Dr Dan Siegel, Mind Body Spirit Conference, 2015 
  •  “Trauma Practice: Tools for Stabilization and Recovery,” and “Professional Resiliency for Care Providers: Fitness for the Frontline,” Dr Eric Gentry, TGRC Grief Institute, 2014 
  •  “Helping Adolescents Cope,” Living with Grief series, Hospice Foundation of America webinar, 2014  
  • “Responding to Suicidal Intent or Completion,” Lynelle Williams-Halsey, NHPCO webinar, 2013 
  •  “The Whole Town Grieves: When loss affects an entire community” webinar by Dr William Hoy, 2013  
  • QPR and Suicide Prevention Training, Karl Rosston, 2011  
  • “Lessons of Loss: Working with Complicated Grief,” Dr Robert Neimeyer, TGRC Grief Institute, 2011  
  • “Trauma and the Body: Theory & Practice of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy,” Ame Cutler, 2010 
  •  “The Heart of Grief: Theory & Practice” seminar by Dr Tom Attig,  
  • TGRC Grief Institute, 2010 Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), Roxana Coleman-Herak, 2010  
  • “Introduction to Grief Counseling,” ADEC professional training by B. Wolfe, MEd, LCSW, 2010 
  •  “Grief After Suicide,” webinar by Dr Jack Jordan, ADEC, 2010  
  • “Teen Depression,” webinar by American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, 2010  
  • “Assessing & Managing Suicide Risk,” Dr John Hancock, NASW Conference, 2009  
  • “Mindfulness Based Approaches to Reducing Stress for Hospice Providers,” Dr. Marianne Spitzform, 2007  
  • “Meaning reconstruction and grief,” Robert Zucker, MSW,  
  • TGRC Grief Institute, 2006  
  • “Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher Training,” Dr. Jon Kabat Zinn & Dr. Saki Santorelli, 2006  
  • “Grieving styles: Culture, class, age, and gender,” Dr. Ken Doka, TGRC Grief Institute, 2005 
  •  “Being with Dying” training, Joan Halifax, Upaya Zen Center, Santa Fe, NM, 2004  
  • Bereavement Facilitator Certificate Award Program American Academy of Bereavement, Certified Bereavement Facilitator, 2002  
  • “Grace in Dying,” Frank Ostaseski, Zen Hospice Project, 2001 2 
  •  “Being a Compassionate Companion,” Frank Ostaseski, Zen Hospice Project, 2000 

Community Outreach/Volunteer Activities & Scholarly Productivity Include: 

  • “Grief 101 for Senior Companions,” Senior Companion Program, 2018 
  • “Mindful Grieving,” public workshop, 2018 
  • “Inviting End of Life Conversations,” public presentation, 2018 
  • “Guidance for Grief: Supporting our loved ones and ourselves,” public presentation, 2017 
  • “A Graceful Transition: Having the Hospice Conversation,” 2016 
  • “Re-creating Traditions During Times of Loss,” public presentation, 2010 
  • “Supporting Suicide Survivors,” public presentation, 2010 
  • “Supporting Grieving Children,” Parent/Guardian workshop, “A Camp to Remember,” 2010 
  • “Supporting Grieving Children,” Parent/Guardian workshop, “Terrapin Grief Camp,” 2007 
  • Facilitated Pet Loss Support Group, Seasons Bereavement Programs, 2006 

Paula Griffith

Paula Griffith : Finance Director

paulag@tamarackgrc.org

Finance Director

Paula Griffith, Finance Director, manages the accounting and business operations. A previous Certified Public Accountant, she brings over 20 years of accounting and business experience to the organization. She joined TGRC in 2011 and has a Business degree from the University of Montana.

Sienna Speicher

Sienna Speicher : Browning Program Director
MA, LCPC
siennas@tamarackgrc.org
(406) 239-8472

Browning Program Director

Sienna Speicher, MA, LCPC, Browning Program Coordinator, provides grief support to individuals, families and students in the Browning area. She has experience as a school counselor in Browning,  MT, counseling in K-12 settings and has specialized in supporting Native American youth following trauma and tragedy. Sienna has served as a volunteer member of the Tamarack Grief Resource Center CARE team for many years.

Specialized Trainings Include:

    • Trauma Practice: Tools for Stabilization and Recovery, April 26 & 27 2014
    • Professional Resiliency for Care Providers, April 28, 2014
    • Suicide Assessment, Intervention, & Coping: Professional and Community Collaboration for Suicide Prevention, April 2015
    • How Shall We Then Grieve? Emotional, Behavioral, and Cultural Dimensions of Grief, April 17, 2015
    • Suicide Bereavement Clinician Training Program, April 28, 2016
    • Creative and Inclusive Approaches to Grief, April 29, 2016
    • International Critical Incident Stress Foundation: Managing School Crisis, January 2017


Affiliates

Hannah Stone

Hannah Stone : Of Counsel
Attorney

Of Counsel