Shari Howington-Carlin, MA, LMHC, NCC serves as a bereavement counselor for children and families at Avow, facilitating children’s grief groups and individual work with children and families during grief and loss. She earned undergraduate degrees in psychology and theology from Palm Beach Atlantic University and completed her master’s degree in clinical mental health at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU). She is a doctoral candidate at Nova Southeastern University completing research towards a degree in healthcare organizational leadership. Shari is certified in child-centered play therapy, which she incorporates into her work. In 2017, Shari spoke to and with colleagues and associates at the seventh annual children’s mental health conference at FGCU about healthy coping strategies for children, developmentally appropriate interactive mediums, and creative play supporting health across the physical, mental, emotional and social spectrums. Shari considers it a privilege to create specific opportunities through play to support children’s grief /loss healing journeys. In her free time, Shari enjoys scuba diving with turtles, exploring islands, and dark chocolate.