Seminar Detail

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

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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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!

  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.

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
  • Thanatologists
  • Bereavement Counselors
  • Hospice Professionals
  • Other Mental Health Professionals


Howard R. Winokuer, Ph.D., FT, is the Founder of the Winokuer Center for Counseling and Healing, where he maintains a fulltime clinical practice. He completed his Ph.D. in 1999 at Mississippi State University, where he developed the first graduate course in Grief Counseling Skills. Winokuer has conducted workshops and seminars throughout the United States and in twelve foreign countries. Winokuer has been actively involved in the field of dying, death and bereavement since 1983 and was elected president of the Association for Death Education (ADEC) in 2009. He co-chaired the 2000 and 2003 ADEC Conferences and the 2011 International Conference on Grief and Bereavement. He is the co-author of Grief and Bereavement in Contemporary Society: Bridging Research and Practice and Sibling Loss Across the Lifespan: Research, Practice and Personal Stories (Routledge). He also co-authored both the first and second editions of Principles and Practices of Grief Counseling (Springer)
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 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.

The planning committee and staff who controlled the content of this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. For speaker disclosures, please see speaker bios.

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

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.

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.

Massachusetts Counselors: CE credit is available. This program has been approved for 6.25 MaMHCA/MMCEP hours for re-licensure, in accordance with 262 CMR. Expires: . Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.

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.

Massachusetts Marriage & Family Therapists: This activity has been certified by NEAFAST on behalf of the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health & Human Services Professions, for LMFT professional continuing education. Full attendance at this activity qualifies for 6.0 contact hours. Certification #: PC-040686.

Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Clinical Nurse Specialists
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PESI, Inc. is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development 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.

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
PESI, Inc., #1062, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. PESI, Inc. maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: January 27, 2020 - January 27, 2023. Social Workers completing this course receive 6.25 Clinical Practice continuing education credits. Course Level: Intermediate. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance. 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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