Seminar Detail

Embracing Life After Loss: Therapeutic Tools that Promote Healing and Hope Among Children, Adolescents and Adults
Embracing Life After Loss: Therapeutic Tools that Promote Healing and Hope Among Children, Adolescents and Adults

Where:  FAIRFAX, VA

When:  Monday, October 2, 2017 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description:

“Sometimes, I wish it was me who died ..”, “I feel guilty for so many things ..”, “Don’t expect me to be fine overnight ..”, “Our family should be getting closer but it feels like we’re growing apart .., “I’m hurting and it seems like you don’t care …”.

The voices of these and other bereaved clients will come to life in this creative workshop where you begin to see the world through the eyes of a person experiencing deep loss. Drawing on his years of experience as a bereavement counselor, Harold Ivan Smith, MA, Ed.S., FT, DMin weaves unforgettable case stories of bereaved children, adolescents, and adults with creative intervention strategies for a workshop unlike anything you’ve ever attended.

Though a combination of interactive demonstrations and experiential activities, you will leave this workshop with over 25 concrete intervention techniques that will forever change your clinical practice. Passionate about his clinical work, Harold Ivan Smith brings a “tool-kit” of his favorite therapeutic strategies and interventions so you can easily develop your own following the training.
Objectives:

  1. Design individualized therapeutic interventions for bereaved children, adolescents, adults, and families using various modalities.
  2. Integrate a support group for bereaved children, adolescents, and/or adults with corresponding therapeutic activities.
  3. Create memorialization activities that encourage healthy mourning among clients of all ages experiencing loss.
  4. Explore continuing bonds after death and their relevance to clinical practice with bereaved clients.
  5. Evaluate developmentally appropriate grief reactions and interventions throughout the lifespan.
  6. Incorporate several techniques for clients grieving a death and could also be applied to other types of loss including divorce, chronic illness, military deployment, termination of parental rights, and more.
OUTLINE

Understanding Loss
  • Grief vs. Mourning
  • Depression and Bereavement: A Distinction
  • Secondary Losses after Death
  • The Problem with “Getting Over It”
  • Inhibitors of Healing after Loss
Love, Attachment, and Loss
  • Maintaining Proximity after Separation
  • Assessment and Expression of Continuing Bonds
  • Adaptive vs. Maladaptive Continuing Bonds
Assessment of Grief and Loss
  • Qualities of Effective Grief Counselors
  • Honoring the Sacred Space of the Heart
  • Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Reactions to Loss
  • Factors Influencing the Mourning Process (i.e., Age, Culture, Gender, Spirituality)
Anticipatory Grief Counseling
  • Normalizing the Dying Process and Grief Experience
  • Anticipatory Grief Intervention Techniques
  • Strategies for Funeral Ritual Preparation
Differences Between Adult and Youth Responses to Loss
  • Common Misconceptions about Grief and Mourning
  • The Paradox of Pain
  • Central Components/Tasks of Mourning
  • Importance of Client Self-Care
  • Grief Symptomatology with Case Examples from Infancy-Adulthood
  • ”Things We Want Adults to Know About Our Grief”
  • Signs of Concern/Red Flags
25+ Interventions and Strategies to Promote Healing among All Ages
  • Bibliotherapy
  • Journaling, Scrapbooking, Poetry, and Letter Writing
  • Therapeutic Art and Photography
  • Interactive Family Activities
  • Remembrance Music
  • Therapeutic Games
  • Memorialization Rituals
  • Grief Retreats and Camps
  • … and more!
Grief and Loss Support Groups for Children, Adolescents, and Adults
  • Family Involvement
  • 6-8 Week Curriculum/Session Topic Outline
  • Creative Facilitator Activities and Techniques
Healing and Reconciliation
  • Journey through Grief
  • Hope as a Therapeutic Tool
  • Light Amidst the Darkness

HAROLD IVAN SMITH, MA, ED.S., FT

Harold Ivan Smith, MA, ED.S., FT, DMin, is a national speaker, noted author, experienced counselor and grief educator. He has presented bereavement workshops across the country, training more than 20,000 professionals and lay caregivers during a thirty-year career. Seminar and conference attendees rave about interactions with Harold Ivan, and his insightful gifts of helping, healing, and facilitating grief. Smith is recognized as a Fellow in Thanatology by the Association for Death Education and Counseling. He is a member of the teaching faculty at Saint Luke's Hospital in Kansas City and had lead storytelling groups for grievers for 18 years. He serves on the board of the Grief Support Network in Kansas City. He serves as a staff celebrant for Speaks Suburban Memorial Chapel in Independence, Mo.

A prolific writer, he has authored dozens of books and resources, including best seller, A Decembered Grief: Living with Loss When Others are Celebrating. Also among his titles are Griefkeeping: Learning How Long Grief Lasts; ABCs of Healthy Bereavement; Grievers Ask, When You Don’t Know What to Say; When Your Friend Dies; Finding Your Way to Say Goodbye: Comfort for the Dying and Those Who Care for Them; and Grieving the Death of a Father. His newest book is Using Biographical and Historical Grief Narratives With the Bereaving (Routledge). He is also an authority of the griefs of American Presidents and First Ladies.

Credits listed below are for full attendance at the live event only. Certificates of Completion are distributed at the conclusion of the live seminar for those who register prior to the event date and attend the full day. A letter of attendance will be issued to participants who register at the event, arrive late, or leave early. For those who registered day of (walk-ins), and are in full attendance, a certificate of completion for full CE credit will be sent within 30 days following the event. For those in partial attendance (arrived late or left early), an adjusted certificate of completion reflecting partial credit will be issued within 30 days (if your board allows). Please see “live seminar schedule” for full attendance start and end times. NOTE: Boards do not allow credit for breaks or lunch.

If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, or questions on home study credit availability, please contact cepesi@pesi.com or 800-844-8260 before the event.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

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CHAPLAINS/CLERGY
This activity is designed to qualify for 6.25 continuing education hours.


CERTIFICATION IN THANATOLOGY
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.


COUNSELORS
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.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA COUNSELORS: This intermediate activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please contact your licensing board to determine if they accept programs or providers approved by other national or state licensing boards. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to participants who are in full attendance and who complete the program evaluation.

MARYLAND COUNSELORS: This intermediate activity is approved for 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. The Maryland Board of Professional Counselors recognizes courses and providers that are approved by the NAADAC. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to counselors who complete the program evaluation, to submit to their state board.

VIRGINIA COUNSELORS: This intermediate activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please contact your licensing board to determine if they accept programs or providers approved by other national or state licensing boards. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to participants who are in full attendance and who complete the program evaluation.


MARRIAGE & FAMILY THERAPISTS
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.


NURSES/NURSE PRACTITIONER/CLINICAL NURSE SPECIALISTS
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PESI, Inc. is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Nurses in full attendance will earn 6.3 contact hours. PARTIAL CONTACT HOURS WILL BE AWARDED FOR PARTIAL ATTENDANCE.


PSYCHOLOGISTS
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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.


SOCIAL WORKERS
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PESI, Inc. Provider #:1062, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), www.aswb.org 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.


OTHER PROFESSIONS
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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