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.

Molly Murphy

Molly Murphy : Assistant Director
MA, LCPC
mollym@tamarackgrc.org
(406)541-8472

Assistant Director

Missoula, Montana

Molly Murphy, MA, LCPC, Assistant Director and Grief Specialist, provides support for youth and adults following loss, with a strong focus in grief after suicide.  In the fifteen years since her father's suicide,  Molly has immersed herself in healing settings.  Pulling from her experience in group homes, University clinical settings, classrooms, and bereavement camps, Molly weaves together her personal and professional experience to support kids, teens, adults and families.  Coordinator of the suicide prevention support network, Molly fosters collaboration between survivors and community resources.

Specialized Trainings Include:

  • Robert Neimeyer, PhD - Lessons of Loss: Working with complicated grief, 2011
  • 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
  • Suicide Assessment, Intervention, and Care with John Sommers-Flanagan, PhD, 2015
  • Social, Emotional, and Cultural Dimensions of Grief, John Sommers-Flanagan, PhD, 2015
  • National Alliance for Grieving Children, 2015
  • Association for Death Education and Counseling, 2016
  • Suicide Bereavement Clinician Training, Jack Jordan, PhD, 2016
  • Creative and Inclusive Approaches to Grief, Alesia K. Alexander, MSW, 2016

Liz Manley

Liz Manley : Development Director

lizm@tamarackgrc.org
(406)541-8472

Development Director

Liz Manley, Development Director, adds years of experience with non-profits and foundation work, with a special emphasis in fundraising.  She has spent the past 20 years building and managing a variety of Montana based companies, which has provided her with strong relations in business and non-profit communities, as well as media networks.

 

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.

Kim Parrow

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

Grief Specialist

Kim Parrow, MA, Grief Specialist, provides individual, couples and family grief support. She is experienced working with couples and families as they navigate family structure changes following loss. Kim uses a strengths-based approach in collaboration with each person’s unique experience with grief and healing. She 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

Travis Stratford

Travis Stratford : Care Specialist/Grief Specialist Intern

traviss@tamarackgrc.org
541-8472

Care Specialist/Grief Specialist Intern

Travis obtained his medical degree from Oregon Health Sciences University in 2000. He is Board Certified in Interventional Radiology which he previously practiced in Spokane, Washington for 6 years. In 2014, he returned home to Montana with his wife to start a family and raise their kids. He is now focused on obtaining additional post-graduate education in Counseling from Wake Forest University to continue to help clients in a different capacity. 

Sienna Speicher

Sienna Speicher : Browning Program Coordinator
MA
siennas@tamarackgrc.org
406-239-8472

Browning Program Coordinator

Sienna Speicher, MA, 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

Dawn Henderson

Dawn Henderson : Flathead Program Coordinator

dawnh@tamarackgrc.org
(406) 261-0724

Flathead Program Coordinator

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.

Aubrey Howell

Aubrey Howell : Program Coordinator

aubreyh@tamarackgrc.org
(406)541-8472

Program Coordinator

Program Coordinator, 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

Paige Devlin

Paige Devlin :                    Grief Specialist Intern

support@tamarackgrc.org
(406) 541-8472

Grief Specialist Intern

            Paige Devlin  is a UM graduate student in the Department of Counselor Education. She brings fantastic experience in                                         growth-oriented environments as a Teacher’s Aide, with the Curry Health Center, and at YWCA/GUTS!

Ariell Pirwitz

Ariell Pirwitz : Outreach Specialist

ariellp@tamarackgrc.org
(406) 541-8472

Outreach Specialist

Ariell Pirwitz is an Outreach 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.


Affiliates

Hannah Stone

Hannah Stone : Of Counsel
Attorney

Of Counsel