Sherry Van Atta Smelley, MSW, LCSW, has counseled terminally ill persons and their families for more than twenty years. She teaches bereavement counseling at Louisiana State University. She often uses children's books and fairy tales as tools to help adults as well as children address their own grief and loss.

Sherry Smelley was given a Lifetime Achievement Award during the 2016 National Association of Social Workers (Louisiana) Annual Conference.

Sherry is available for presentations at your request. She has significant experience and is a respected speaker offering seminars and trainings for both the professional (CEU's available) and lay community.

Sherry's Curriculum Vitae

Sherry's Bio

Contact Sherry at 225 924-7055.

The Girl, the Star and the Spider

a Fairy Tale

for Grownups Dealing with

Alzheimer's and Similar Dementias

  • "Magically written" Alzheimer's Services of the Capital Area

  • "This little book addresses a devastating illness in a unique and creative way which will touch the hearts of anyone who has a family member or friend struggling with Alzheimer's disease. The story is simple and profound, offering meaning and compassion for those caught in the abyss of grief. You will love it!! "

Butch Robicheaux, MSW, LCSW
  • "I think all hospices in the area should be made aware of this wonderful resource. ...Nursing homes with dementia wings should hand these out to each of their families."

Christine Brasseaux,GSW
  • "The simply, but well-written tale conjures a thread of magic and meaning to comfort those dealing with the devastating illness..."

Ellyn Couvillion in the Baton Rouge Advocate

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Speaking Engagements

NASW-LA Baton Rouge Regional Meeting, February 16, 2017