Mary Beth Arcidiacono, LMSW is a mother, social worker, consultant, researcher, and advocate.  On August 8, 1998 she was involved in an accident with her four children on her family’s drive home from a vacation in Colorado. Her oldest son, Johnny, was killed, and his younger brother, Christopher, sustained a traumatic brain injury.

Mary Beth started on a new path at the unexpected moment of her loss and along the way has struggled, explored, questioned, and discovered things that need to be shared with others. She has become an expert on the realities and consequences of traumatic loss and grief – and offers rare and illuminating practical suggestions for the families and friends of those who have lost a loved one.

Mary Beth joined Dr. Bruce Perry and the ChildTrauma Academy as a Fellow in 2005. She also serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work, where she earned her Masters, the Advisory Council for The University of Texas as Austin School of Social Work, the Nick Finnegan Counseling Center, Houston Botanic Garden, and is a board member for Bo’s Place, The Women’s Fund and The Institute for Sustainable Peace.  She has recently become associated with The Center for Complicated Grief at Columbia University, founded by Dr. Katherine Shear.

Mary Beth has been a sought-after resource and consultant for those who need to know what to do when the unthinkable happens. She has been present as a counselor in some of the country’s most visible tragedies. She has much to share on the topics of mental health, hope, post-traumatic growth, tenacity, hard work, acceptance, and crisis advocacy.


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