Free Grief Summit to Help Clients Make Meaning After Loss


On April 2nd, we will host a free, virtual workshop exploring the science of loss and the strategies clinicians can use to get clients on a path toward healing. The six-hour workshop – led by Dr. Kate Truitt PhD MBA, seasoned applied neuroscientist and clinical psychologist – will equip therapists and social workers with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to appropriately tailor clinical interventions to the unique needs of each client’s grief experience.

While the death of a loved one is a universal experience, recent research has shown that despite these shared experiences of loss and grief, significant variations exist within particular cultures. If not appropriately supported through this challenging time, these variations can put certain communities at higher risk of Prolonged Grief Disorder (PGD). The research further highlights how “diagnostic criteria for PGD are mostly based on Western grieving populations” with limited cultural adaptations available.

For clinicians and social workers, this makes developing the right, and nuanced, skills and practical strategies to best support clients who are experience grief even more important. The workshop led by Dr. Kate Truitt will explore traumatic grief but will also cover topics such as the neurological foundations of this grief that can often override healing.

Over the course of the six hours, attendees will be equipped so their clients can:
  • Harness neuroplasticity to foster resilience as they find meaning within and healing from the loss
  • Discover pathways to posttraumatic growth, building strength and purpose from their grief and reshaping their future with hope
  • Set boundaries that prioritize self-care and healthy coping skills during their grief journey
  • Cultivate a compassionate relationship with themselves, nurturing self-understanding and self-care as they process their grief

Dr Kate Truitt, clinical psychologist and course facilitator at PESI, said:

“I have dedicated my life to advancing the treatment of trauma and stress-related disorders, eliminating the stigma surrounding mental health, and empowering wellness.

“My deepest desire is for people to move into understanding, empathy, and compassion for how their past impacts the way they are living and to help others learn to be proactive in finding opportunities for empowerment and strength, even in our darkest moments.”

John Freedom, CEHP, author of Heal Yourself with Emotional Freedom Technique, said:

"Truitt stands as a guide through the darkness of PTSD, using her expertise to illuminate the path to recovery. Kate will help you change how we perceive pain and human resilience."

Claire Bidwell Smith, LCPC, author of Anxiety: The Missing Stage of Grief and Anxious Grief said:

"Dr. Truitt's story is a testament to the human spirit's ability to not only endure but also to find meaning, hope, and growth in the face of adversity."

For more information about the course, or to register, visit: Traumatic Grief: Neuroscience-based therapy tools for transforming loss into meaningful recovery.

How do we help clients grappling with grief deeply entangled with trauma?
Traumatic Grief Event
Start here, with Dr. Kate Truitt, seasoned applied neuroscientist and clinical psychologist, for a guided exploration into the science of loss, including the neurological foundations of traumatic grief that can often override healing—and then learn strategies you can use right away with clients to get them on a path toward healing and growth.

Join Dr. Truitt for a 6-hour workshop filled with demonstrations, guided practices, skill building and hands-on strategies. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to enrich your trauma-informed therapeutic toolkit – sign up today!

From unthinkable loss to unbreakable resilience...
Keep Breathing
In Keep Breathing, Dr. Kate Truitt, a renowned psychologist, applied neuroscientist, and trauma expert, shares her story of unimaginable loss, trauma, and ultimately, healing. Faced with the sudden-gut wrenching death of her fianće just one week before their wedding day, Kate found her world shattered, catapulting her into a deep void of profound grief, trauma, shock, and guilt.

Part memoir and part scientific exploration, Keep Breathing uses Kate’s own account as a case study to illuminate the common experiences in our human brain – deep love and devasting loss, exhilaration and pain, life and death – that have the power to both derail our lives and ignite us to rebuild, heal, and grow.

Meet the Expert:
Dr. Kate Truitt is a neuroscientist and clinical psychologist with an MBA in Healthcare Administration. She has dedicated her life to advancing the treatment of trauma and stress-related disorders. Dr. Truitt is the founder and president of Dr. Kate Truitt & Associates – a neuroscience-based group therapy practice in Pasadena, and the CEO of the Trauma Counseling Center (TCC), with offices throughout Los Angeles. She founded Viva Excellence to provide cutting edge training and seminars globally that bring together the newest advancements in the fields of neuroscience and resiliency, as well as stress and trauma treatments. Her clinical practice, scientific studies, and trainings are specialized in the treatment of PTSD/complex trauma, panic disorders and anxiety, phobias, as well as other stress-related disorders. Her research is on brain health during the recovery process, treatment outcomes, and psychophysiology. Dr. Truitt consults globally for trauma treatment programs, leads research initiatives, and provides trainings on trauma as well as personal empowerment. Dr. Truitt founded and is the Chairman of the Board for the Amy Research Foundation, a 501c3 organization to advance research into the innovative treatment realm of neuroscience based mental health treatment. She is also a certified trainer as well as the global director of continuing education for the Havening Techniques.

Learn more about his educational products, including upcoming live seminars, by clicking here.

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