Meet Allison

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coffee-cupAllison’s interests include donuts, breakfast, soy-vanilla lattes, dark chocolate, writing, encouraging women, med. rare hamburgers, tandem biking with her husband, sitting outside with a good book, and occasionally stealing her neighbor’s garden gnome.

Professional Experience

HOPE-LogoSince 2007, Allison Loftus has been the Board President and Head Care Team Grief Mentor for Hearts Overflowing with Prayers and Encouragement (H.O.P.E.) a miscarriage and stillbirth ministry at Autumn Ridge Church in Rochester, MN. www.seekinghope.org

“After miscarrying baby Loftus at 13 weeks gestation on Father’s Day 2007, I co-founded HOPE ministry with Kati Cooley. H.O.P.E.’s mission is to encourage families who have experienced a miscarriage or stillbirth through the provision of a care package, notes of encouragement from families who have experienced loss, and weekly prayer through the first year of loss. Over the past seven years the ministry has served over 300 families in Olmsted County. Part of the program includes grief mentoring for family members. Grief mentors make phone calls and visit the family to assess their emotional and physically needs and establish a positive relationship with the family. Over the past two years H.O.P.E. has extended care in the areas of pregnancy after a loss and families of preterm babies. This program includes weekly prayer for mom and baby, cards of encouragement, a pregnancy mentor, and post-baby emotional assessment. Designing and executing grief mentoring programs and pregnancy after loss support in Rochester, MN has been my main focus over the past two years”

In 2009, Allison successfully completed a six-month training program (80 hours) in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). She spent the next two years volunteering her time as a lay counselor at Compassion Counseling Center where she counseled client in the following areas; post-partum depression, addiction, adjustment disorders, anxiety, ethnic identity, and marriage difficulties.

PSI-LogoIn 2013, Allison attended the 26th Annual Postpartum Support International (PSI) Conference in Minneapolis, MN and gained innovative skills to advocate and support the mental health of pregnant and postpartum families. Her certification obtained her 13.25 continuing education credits approved by the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy.

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