Seminar Detail

Transforming Grief & Loss: Strategies for Your Clients to Heal the Past, Change the Present and Transform the Future
Transforming Grief & Loss: Strategies for Your Clients to Heal the Past, Change the Present and Transform the Future

Where:   EUGENE, OR

When:  Monday, April 1, 2019 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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For more information: Call (800) 844-8260
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!
Objectives:

  1. Explore different types of loss and utilize strategies to help clients identify patterns within their grieving process.
  2. Incorporate the 11 Principles of Transformation® into your clinical practice to help clients reconcile grief and loss.
  3. Differentiate between tasks and stages as they relate to the grieving process.
  4. Integrate spiritual concepts such as acceptance, forgiveness and gratitude into your work with grieving clients to help facilitate healing and recovery.
  5. Teach clients healing rituals including journaling, meditation and affirmations as strategies for coping with loss.
  6. Utilize a strengths-based approach with clients to help reframe loss as an opportunity for growth and recovery.
OUTLINE

Understanding Loss
  • Different types of loss
  • Loss in each stage of development
  • Primary and secondary losses
  • Getting to know your client’s story of loss
    • History of loss
    • Assessment of loss
    • Cultural values
    • Support and strategies
Deconstructing Grief
  • What is grief?
  • Cultural considerations
  • Types of grief: Anticipatory and Disenfranchised
  • Dimensions of Grief: Physical, Emotional, Social, Spiritual
  • Tasks vs stages of grief
From Grief to Growth: The Transformative Process
  • Overview of the 11 Principles of Transformation®
    • I. Acceptance of loss
    • II. Living with grief
    • III. Deeper spirituality
    • IV. Emotional expression
    • V. Sharing with others
    • VI. Self-care
    • VII. Rituals
    • VIII. Living in the present
    • IX. Modifying thoughts
    • X. Rebuilding
    • XI. Visualization of desired life
Tools and Strategies for Facilitating Growth in Clients
  • Acceptance
    • Teaching radical acceptance
    • Reframing acceptance versus denial
    • Telling the story of the loss
    • Affirmations
    • Meditation
  • Expressive Therapies
    • Journaling
    • Sand
    • Music, films, pictures
    • Breathwork
    • Drawing, painting
  • Spiritual Tools
    • Power of forgiveness and love
    • Incorporate gratitude
  • Emotional Expression
    • The Cave
    • Empty chair
    • Sharing versus dwelling
    • Letter writing
    • Rituals
    • Mindfulness
  • Cognitive Strategies
    • Changing the inner conversation
    • Shifting perspective
    • Responding rather than reacting
  • Looking forward
    • Values assessment
    • Guided imagery
    • ”As is” exercise
Limitations of the Research and Potential Risks
  • Disparity in results across studies for grief related to trauma
  • Special considerations for complicated grief and clinical depression
Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Case Managers
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Chaplains/Clergy
  • Nursing Home Administrators
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

LIGIA M HOUBEN, MA, FT, FAAGC, CPC, CHT

Ligia M. Houben, MA, FT, FAAGC, CPC, is a Fellow in Thanatology and a Fellow of the American Academy of Grief Counseling. Ligia is an international grief specialist and author, and she has devoted her life to help others transform their losses and their lives. A pioneer in working with Hispanic people and grief, Houben is the author of Counseling Hispanics through Loss, Grief, and Bereavement: A Guide for Mental Health Professionals (Springer, 2011). Ligia has presented about the needs of Hispanic people in times of loss on many occasions, including to the Association for Death, Education and Counseling (ADEC), the Baptist Health System and the International Death, Grief, and Bereavement Conference at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse.

She contributed to the creation of the first bereavement support group in her native country of Nicaragua, PUDE – an anagram for Personas Unidas en el Dolor y la Esperanza (People Joined by Pain and Hope), and for nine years, she co-trained Hispanic people to become facilitators in bereavement support groups in churches.

Ligia M. Houben is a former adjunct professor of Florida International University, Miami Dade College, and Kaplan University, where she taught courses on ethics, religion, and death and dying. She is the founder of My Meaningful Life, LLC. and the Center for Transforming Lives in Miami, Florida. Ligia has delivered her message to audiences ranging from corporations, educational institutions, and health care organizations, including Baptist Health System Florida, Jackson Memorial Hospital, University of Miami Hospital and Vitas Healthcare. She has appeared on numerous radio and television programs, airing on networks such as CNN Español, NPR, NBC and Univisión.



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.

Non-financial: Ligia Houben 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.

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.

PESI, Inc. offers continuing education programs and products under the brand names PESI, PESI Healthcare, PESI Rehab and Psychotherapy Networker.




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.

Oregon 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 Practitioners, and 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.


Nursing Home Administrators
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. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.


Psychologists
This live 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 and the certificate of completion you receive from this live activity. Contact us for more information on your state board or organization specific filing requirements. American Psychological Association credits are not available.


Social Workers
This program is approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval #886759332-9696) for 6.0 continuing education contact hours in Social Work.

Washington Social Workers, Counselors, and Marriage & Family Therapists:
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This training has been approved for 6.25 CE’s for Washington Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists and Licensed Clinical Social Workers. WMHCA Provider #1504.


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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