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David Kessler: Finding Meaning: The Sixth Stage of Grief
David Kessler: Finding Meaning: The Sixth Stage of Grief

Where:   FAIRFAX, VA

When:  Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

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HILTON GARDEN INN FAIRFAX
3950 FAIR RIDGE DR
FAIRFAX, VA 22033
Phone:  703-385-7774
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Course Description:

Even as a grief expert, David was unprepared for the sudden death of his son, who died at age 21. People asked him, “What’s it like for the grief expert to lose a son?” He would answer, “The grief expert did not lose his son, the father did.” Everything he knew about grief turned out to be true. David had to go through the five stages of grief but found himself wanting more from the experience – he wanted to find meaning in his life after such a terrible loss. He learned that broken heart syndrome is real and he realized he would either die of it or live with it, and that healing occurs not when grief gets smaller, but when life gets bigger. This led to the discovery of the 6th stage of grief – finding meaning.

Based on David Kessler’s new book, Finding Meaning: The Sixth Stage of Grief (to be published in 2019), this seminar is designed to help clinicians and other professionals guide clients through life’s worst moments to find meaning after loss. All types of loss will be covered, including divorce, betrayal, loss of a parent or family member, and loss due to addiction, mental illness and suicide.

After attending this seminar, you will be able to enhance your work as a clinician with clients who have dealt with any kind of loss. It will fill you with new insight, tools, strategies, and inspiring information, leaving you looking forward to the next day … so you can immediately begin to use all you have learned!

  • Learn healthy and supportive ways to heal all kinds of grief
  • Address ‘stuck” thinking that complicates grief and increases suffering
  • Help loved ones find meaning to live with loss after death instead of “getting over” the loss

“People always want to know if there is life after death for their loved ones. I believe there is, but more importantly, there is life after death for the living. I want to help them find meaning that honors their loved ones. Sometimes when we are at our worst, we can find our best.” - David Kessler
Objectives:

  1. Implement meaning-making strategies to help clients cope with all types of loss.
  2. Identify ways to use meaning to help clients remember with more love than pain.
  3. Outline techniques for using meaning to help clients resolve the internal struggle of “why did this happen?” and “why did this happen to me?”
  4. Recognize why children are often the forgotten grievers and how to help them through their grief.
  5. Identify strategies that incorporate meaning mechanisms to help client cope with complicated grieving.
  6. Utilize strategies to help clients address guilt, shame and stigma associated with grief.
OUTLINE

The Sixth Stage of Grief: Finding Meaning
  • Why the stages were never meant to be linear
  • What is making meaning in grief?
  • Types of meaning making
  • How meaning can help remember the person who died with more love than pain
  • Why a sixth stage is the key to recovery from grief
  • Keys to finding acceptance and moving into the sixth stage
Witnessing vs. “Fixing” Grief
  • Mirroring techniques
  • The cost of trying to “fix” those who are grieving
  • Go beyond active listening skills to connect
  • The consequence of trying to find meaning too early
Help Clients Change Their Thinking Around Loss
  • Strategies to address guilt, shame and stigma in grief
  • How to increase resilience after loss
  • Use positive psychology to increase the possibility of post traumatic growth
  • Understand the “meaning” we attach to the traumatic loss or death
  • How to decrease catastrophizing after loss
  • Learn ways to instill good memories instead of painful ones
Complicated Grief
  • Simplifying grief models and exploring new models, including resilience and Option B
  • Meaning making as a new tool for dealing with murder, multiple losses, Alzheimer’s
  • Techniques for strength-based grief counseling
  • Post traumatic growth vs Post traumatic trauma
  • Techniques for releasing the obsessive replaying of the trauma/death
Help Bereaved Parents
  • Understand the impact of child loss
  • Learn ways to be comfortable with treating this type of loss
  • Techniques for helping parents who are often grieving differently
  • Learn ways to help sustain the marriage through tremendous loss
  • Ways to help parents deal with the discomfort of living and loving again
  • Address intimacy issues that may come up in grief
The Grief of Suicide
  • Tools for dealing with the “what if’s” and “if only’s”
  • Understand the true “why” of death by suicide
  • Ways to help others find peace again
Loss by Addiction
  • Meaning making for healing self-blame
  • How to help loved one’s sort through the shame and isolation
  • Understand the roles they did and didn’t play in an addiction death
Shootings and Other Disasters
  • Shootings/hurricanes/earthquakes and terrorist’s acts
  • Techniques for approaching horrific crime and/or disaster scenes
  • The impact of natural vs. manmade disasters
Healing Grief in Divorce
  • Use meaning to reframe divorce and heal shame
  • Heal after betrayal by understanding its meaning
  • Understand the true meaning of marriage after it ends
  • Interpret the meaning behind negative reoccurring patterns
  • Negative meanings we make after a relationship ends
Healing Complicated Relationships after Death
  • Learn techniques to heal a relationship after death
  • Understand patterns that can heal that relationship and help in all future relationships
  • Learn ways to help your clients find peace in difficult relationships
Meaning and the Afterlife
  • Effective and ineffective models of continuing connections for living a full life
  • Use the model of continuing bonds and connections for healing
  • Learn ways to normalize client experiences around continued connections with loved ones that have died
Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Nurses
  • Case Managers
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Chaplains/Clergy Hospitals
  • Palliative Care Services
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

DAVID KESSLER

David Kessler, is one of the world’s foremost experts on healing and loss. His experience with thousands of people on the edge of life and death has taught him the secrets to living a happy and fulfilled life.

He is the author of five bestselling books. His first book, The Needs of the Dying, a #1 best-selling hospice book, received praise by Mother Teresa. He co-authored two bestsellers with the legendary Elisabeth Kübler-Ross: On Grief and Grieving and Life Lessons.. His latest book, You Can Heal Your Heart: Finding Peace After Breakup, Divorce or Death, with Louise Hay. He worked with Elizabeth Taylor, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Marianne Williamson when their loved ones faced life-challenging illnesses. He also worked with late actors Anthony Perkins and Michael Landon. David’s work has been discussed in the Los Angeles Times, Business Week and Life Magazine, and has been featured on CNN-Cross Fire, NBC, Fox, PBS, Dr. Oz and Entertainment Tonight. David is a contributing writer on Oprah.com, Dr. Oz’s Sharecare.com, Anderson Cooper 360 and The Huffington Post.

David has a master’s degree in Health Care Bioethics from Loyola Marymount University, he did his undergraduate work at University of Southern California and is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He is a certified AMA/EPEC (Education for Physicians) trainer. He also is the founding chairperson for the Hospital Association of Southern California Palliative Care Committee and spent the last decade as a C-suite executive in a 650 bed – three hospital system in Los Angeles County.



Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: David Kessler is president of David Kessler, Inc. He is an author for Simon & Schuster – New York and receives royalties. Mr. Kessler receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: David Kessler has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
Credits listed below are for full attendance at the live event only. After attendance has been verified, pre-registered attendees will receive an email from PESI Customer Service with the subject line, “Evaluation and Certificate” within one week. This email will contain a link to complete the seminar evaluation and allow attendees to print, email or download a certificate of completion if in full attendance. For those in partial attendance (arrived late or left early), a letter of attendance is available through that link and 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.

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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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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 6.0 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 6.0 contact hours to participants.


COUNSELORS
This intermediate activity consists of 6.0 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 6.0 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 6.0 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 6.0 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 360 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 6.0 contact hours. PARTIAL CONTACT HOURS WILL BE AWARDED FOR PARTIAL ATTENDANCE.


PSYCHOLOGISTS
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This activity consists of 6.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction. The following state psychologist boards recognize activities sponsored by PESI, Inc. as an approved ACCME provider: Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Pennsylvania and South Carolina. Certificates of attendance will be issued for you to submit to your state licensing board to recognize for continuing education credit. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.

PESI, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education. PESI, Inc. designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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PESI, Inc., is an approved provider with the Florida Board of Psychology. Provider Number BAP #77. This course qualifies for 6.3 continuing education credits. Please make sure to bring your license number to the seminar so that we can report your attendance to CE Broker.


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 6.0 (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. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.


OTHER PROFESSIONS
This activity qualifies for 360 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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