Cristina Chipriano is the Director of Spanish Programs and Outreach at Bo’s Place, a Houston based non-profit bereavement center offering free grief support services for children and their families. In the last year, she has ascended her talents and clinical skills working in grief and loss to a national platform. She is a board member of the National Alliance of Grieving Children and serves on the Content Advisory Board for the WPSU Public Broadcasting Station/National Public Radio Grief Initiative Project.
Cristina has also developed trainings/workshops that have been requested for peer bereavement centers across the country that are seeking to provide culturally competent, bilingual grief support for bereaved families and education and training for professionals to support Hispanic/Latino populations. She helped develop a grief and bereavement specific Spanish-language training that is offered at Bo’s Place for those providing services to Spanish-speaking families. Cristina also co-facilitated a quarterly program call for members of the National Alliance for Grieving Children (NAGC) who had an interest working with the Latino bereaved community. In addition, Cristina oversaw the translation of the NAGC’s “When Someone Dies: A Child-Caregiver Activity Book” and “Responding to Loss and Change". Cristina will be overseeing the NAGC Latinx Work Group whose purpose will be to develop a best practice guide and tips on “How to work with the Latinx Bereaved Community.”
In addition, Cristina also provides psychotherapy to individuals, couples, and families within a clinical social work practice setting; primary specialization in grief therapy with children and adults, individuals and families. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Science from the University of Texas at Austin and a Masters of Social Work from the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work.
Finally, Cristina was instrumental in planning the Latino Social Workers of Greater Houston (LSWGH) inaugural conference “Somos Houston: Confidently and Competently Working with the Latino Community” held in February of 2019. She is a former board member, currently serves on the advisory board for LSWGH, and continues to support various events throughout the year.