Seminar Detail

Transforming Grief and Loss: Strategies to Help Your Clients through Major Life Transitions
Transforming Grief and Loss: Strategies to Help Your Clients through Major Life Transitions

Where:  MACON, GA

When:  Monday, April 10, 2017 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description:

This powerful workshop offers techniques and tools to improve your client’s ability to get back to living and show them the steps they need to regain positive living. You will walk away with a new understanding of the power of transformative thought and action, and how it can impact the lives of your clients.

Ligia Houben, grief and loss expert, will demonstrate tools that can help your clients find meaning, achieve breakthroughs, and learn how to build the life they want on the other side of loss or transition. You will take with you a roadmap that can help your clients cope with the grief that may arise when facing the loss of their job, after leaving their homeland, confronting the death of a loved one, or embarking on a new life after a divorce or break-up. The techniques are simple and systematic, easy to teach clients, and will heal grief and renew life again for the client. The purpose of this seminar is to bring awareness to the clinician in how to help your clients cope with such difficult times in an empowering and transformative manner.

This seminar is a must attend, if you work with clients who experience any of the following:
  • The loss of a loved one and feel filled with sorrow
  • Gone through a divorce or romantic breakup and want to embrace their new stage in an empowered manner
  • Lost their job and do not have the confidence to find new opportunities
  • Retired and feel lost as they start this new stage in their lives
  • Want to overcome their fears
  • Want to expand their spirituality
  • Want to live with more meaning and purpose
  • Want to transform their loss and transform their lives!
  1. Explore different types of losses and help clients discover their patterns in the grieving process.
  2. Outline the 11 principles system as a guide to heal grief & loss.
  3. Recognize spiritual tools that can help clients move from grief to joy.
  4. Help your clients recognize the value of “me time” when transformation is their ultimate goal.
  5. Discuss empowering ways to help the griever embrace life after a loss.
  6. Discover the value of rituals such as journaling, meditation and affirmations.
  7. Become a transformative agent in the lives of your clients, as you help them find meaning in life again.

Understand Loss and Grief
  • Different types of losses and how to cope with them
  • Types of grief and patterns in coping skills
  • Rituals at times of grief as a way of expressing/and giving meaning to an action
The Transformative Process
  • How to live with the loss (instead of ignoring it)
  • Acceptance vs. denial as an empowering tool
  • Letting go of denial and reframing acceptance
Holding a Space to Grieve
  • Tasks vs. stages of grief
  • Effectively move past the past
  • Differentiate the grief between the death of a partner and divorce – more on this
Spiritual Healing Tools
  • Love as a spiritual tool
  • Incorporate gratitude
  • How to forgive
Expressing & Sharing is Not Dwelling
  • Apply emotional intelligence when expressing feelings
  • Share with others vs. complain about a loss
  • Healthy ways to express anger or fear
  • Recognize and validate guilt, shame and fear
Integrate Wellness as Empowering Approach Tools
  • Pay attention to needs
  • Empower your clients to make choices after a loss
  • Take care of ourselves holistically
Techniques to Help Clients Grow after Loss
  • Recognize personal resources:
    • Strength
    • Hope
    • Faith
    • Compassion
    • Self-confidence
    • Empathy
  • Rituals and mindfulness
  • Journaling and scrapbooking
  • Reframe a loss under a new light
  • Utilize the power of our mind
  • Transforming loss into personal and spiritual growth


Ligia M. Houben, MA, FT, FAAGC, CPC, CHT, is the founder of My Meaningful Life, LLC and executive director of The Center for Transforming Lives in Miami, FL where she consults with individuals and families; offers coaching/support groups and workshops. Ligia is a whole-hearted speaker in the field of grief & loss and life transitions. She has reached many people with her messages about transformation, meaning and personal growth. She is a Fellow in Thanatology: Death, Dying, and Bereavement and a Fellow of the American Academy of Grief Counseling. She holds a BA in Psychology and Religious Studies from the University of Miami, MA in Religious Studies and a Graduate Certificate in Multidisciplinary Gerontology from Florida International University and in Loss and Healing from St. Thomas University.

Her work has been centered in the area of grief and loss, expanding into meaning and growth. Ligia has a passion for life and believes all of us are able to fulfill our purpose if we can only change our attitude and beliefs.

Ligia has conducted workshops and seminars in English and Spanish, in the United States and Latin America. She has appeared on numerous radio and television programs, including CNN Español, NPR, NBC, and Univisiòn. A pioneer in working with Hispanics and grief, she authored the book Counseling Hispanics through Loss, Grief, and Bereavement: A Guide to Mental Health Professionals, which has been widely embraced as a helping manual in clinical settings, hospitals, and individuals. This book includes her system of transformation, The 11 Principles of Transformation® which was introduced in her self-help book Transform Your Loss: Your Guide to Strength and Hope.

Speaker Disclosures:

Speaker Disclosures: Financial: Ligia Houben is the Founder and Director of The Center for Transforming Lives. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Ligia Houben has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose.
This activity is designed to qualify for 6.25 continuing education hours.

This educational offering is recognized by the Association for Death Education and Counseling to meet the thanatology-related educational contact hour requirements to be Certified in Thanatology: Death, Dying and Bereavement. This course will award 6.25 contact hours to participants.

This intermediate activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

GEORGIA COUNSELORS: 6.25 Core hours of continuing education have been approved by the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia, LPCA (# 6862-17M). Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.

This activity consists of 380 minutes of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. You should save this course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

GEORGIA MARRIAGE & FAMILY THERAPISTS: This activity has been approved by the Georgia Association for Marriage & Family Therapy for continuing education hours for licensed marriage and family therapists. Full attendance at this activity qualifies for 6.25 Core continuing education hours. ID #: 035-2017. Full attendance is required. No partial contact hours will be issued for partial attendance.

This activity meets the criteria for a American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Activity PESI, Inc, is an approved provider by the American Psychological Association, which is recognized by the ANCC for behavioral health related activities.

This activity qualifies for 6.25 contact hours.

This educational offering has been reviewed by the National Continuing Education Review Service (NCERS) of the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB) and approved for 6.25 clock hours and 6.25 participant hours.

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PESI, Inc. is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. PESI maintains responsibility for this program and its content. PESI is offering this activity for 6.25 hours of continuing education credit. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.

PESI, Inc. Provider #:1062, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. PESI, Inc. maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: January 27, 2017 - January 27, 2020. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 6.25 (Clinical) continuing education clock hours for this intermediate course. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to social workers who complete the program evaluation.

This activity qualifies for 380 minutes of instructional content as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.

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