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Post-Traumatic Growth for Loss, Grief and Related Trauma: Guide Your Clients through the Losses in Life and Help Them Reinvest Themselves in a Life Worth Living
Post-Traumatic Growth for Loss, Grief and Related Trauma: Guide Your Clients through the Losses in Life and Help Them Reinvest Themselves in a Life Worth Living

Where:   FAIRFAX, VA

When:  Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description:

Your clients are suffering, victims of the life-shattering effects of loss and trauma. Many have lost loved ones to disease while others lives’ have been devastated by the trauma of abuse and suicide. Still more face the agony of abstract losses like shattered dreams, unmet expectations, and the losses of love, trust, faith, and hope.

Stories of grief and loss aren’t happy ones. They are not easy to tell – so your clients don’t. They bottle them up, push them down, and close-up shop. And their pain sits. Sometimes for decades.

But you know how your clients respond to traumatic events determines what happens to their hearts – that part of the journey of recovering from loss is finding meaning and purpose. As clinicians, we long to connect our clients with the greater appreciation for life, improved relationships, and personal development that post-traumatic growth provides for those who find it.

Rita Schulte is a licensed professional counselor, radio host, author, and suicide loss survivor. Rita lost her beloved husband to suicide in 2013 and approaches post-traumatic growth from the unique position of a counselor with lived experience. Through her own journey of loss and grief she has come to understand the targeted treatments and specific supportive measures needed to cope and transition to a life after loss as only someone who’s travelled the road to post-traumatic growth can.

Transform the lives of your clients with:
  • Effective methods to calm the overactive brain and improve affect regulation.
  • The “Shattered Vase” and other imaginative exercises that open clients to new possibilities.
  • Practical tools to manage traumatic memories and address the toxic emotions of anger, guilt and shame.
  • Creative expressive and somatic interventions using art, writing, and remembered resources to facilitate post-traumatic growth

Join Rita for this candid one-day seminar. She’ll show you how to honor your clients pain while gently planting the seeds of post-traumatic growth.

Help your clients reclaim their hearts after loss and reinvest themselves in a life worth living!
Objectives:

  1. Specify how a case conceptualization based on the strengths of the client can tap into their potential for resiliency and improve clinical outcomes.
  2. Analyze the neurobiology of the traumatized brain and effectively utilize clinical tools based in mindfulness and grounding to calm the biological stress response.
  3. Articulate the relationship of shame to trauma and loss and communicate how cognitive restructuring can be used in-session to manage the emotions of clients and open them to new possibilities.
  4. Employ powerful interventions informed by CBT, expressive therapies, and somatic psychotherapy to treat the devastating effects of loss and grief by reframing its associated meaning.
  5. Characterize the impact on clients, as well as the relevance to clinical practice, of connecting individuals and families affected by loss with social support and grief groups.
  6. Incorporate and individualize therapeutic interventions based in art and writing into treatment plans for loss, grief, and related trauma.
OUTLINE

Face Loss, Grief and Trauma with a Strengths-Based Approach
  • Crisis of belief and existential shattering
  • Meaning making and the importance of “why”
  • Grief vs. complicated grief
  • Abstract losses and the Ball of Grief
  • Tapping into resiliency
    • Core competencies and key principles
    • Identify your clients’ strengths
  • Current evidence on strengths-based approaches
Calm the Overactive Brain of Your Client
  • The neurobiology of the traumatized brain
  • Mindfulness and the art of noticing
  • Containment skills
  • Grounding exercises
  • Affect regulation
  • Breathing and soothing techniques
Tools for Managing Anger, Guilt, Shame and Traumatic Memories
  • Dealing with anger
    • The REACH model of forgiveness
    • Certificates of debt
    • The power of surrender
  • Address guilt and shame
    • How shame relates to trauma and loss
    • Faulty beliefs and getting stuck
    • Cognitive restructuring
  • Manage traumatic memories with CBT coping skills
    • Distraction techniques
    • Positive self-talk
Move Clients Toward Post-Traumatic Growth With Interventions Informed by Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Shattered Vase Exercise – plant the seeds of possibility
  • Creating narratives
  • Letter writing
  • Positive remembering and repositioning
  • Reframe the meaning
Expressive and Somatic Therapeutic Interventions To Cultivate Post-Traumatic Growth
  • Integrate left and right hemispheres
    • Art therapy
    • Writing to heal
  • Access and Reclaim compassion
    • Somatic resourcing
    • Remembered resources
    • Assess clients self-talk
ReInvest in a Life Worth Living: Rekindle the Desires of the Heart
  • The PIE of life – brainstorm possibilities of growth
  • Cultivate social connection and re-engagement
    • Support and grief groups
    • Toxic people
    • Working with families impacted by loss
  • Choice and perspective
  • Foster gratitude and a spirit of contentment after loss
  • Measurements of Post-Traumatic Growth

RITA A. SCHULTE, LPC

Rita A. Schulte, LPC, is no stranger to loss and suffering. Rita lost her beloved husband to suicide in 2013, and now speaks candidly about her loss in the hope of helping others to heal. Working in the Northern Virginia/DC area, she specializes in the treatment of grief and loss issues, depression, anxiety, relationship problems, and eating disorders. She is the creator and host of Heartline Radio where she talks with counselors and authors as well as everyday people looking for advice on moving through the difficulties of life.

Rita writes for numerous publications and blogs. Her articles have appeared in Counseling Today Magazine, Thriving Family, Kyria and LifeHack.org. She is the author of Shattered: Finding Hope and Healing through the Losses of Life (Leafwood) and Imposter: Gain Confidence, Eradicate Shame and become who God Made You to Be (Siloam). Her new book Think This Not That: Eliminate Toxic Thinking and Rewire Your Brain will be releasing in 2018.

Rita earned a B.S. degree in psychology and a master’s degree in counseling from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.



Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Rita Schulte is in private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Rita Schulte is a member of the American Counseling Association; and the National Board of Certified Counselors.
ADDICTION COUNSELORS
This course has been approved by PESI, Inc., as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 6.0 CE in the Counseling Services skill group. NAADAC Provider #77553. PESI, Inc. is responsible for all aspects of their programming. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance.


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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