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The Grief Summit: Grief Counseling and Treatment in a Pandemic of Loss

When:
Thursday, April 29, 2021 - Friday, April 30, 2021

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Frequently Asked Questions

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If you are unable to access the live event, no worries, we have you covered! The self-study version of this event will automatically be emailed to you 2-3 weeks after the live event.
 

How do I earn my CE Credit?

Within a few hours after the conclusion of the Grief Summit, you’ll receive an email with a unique link to confirm which live workshops you attended and earn up to 12 free CE hours! There’s no need to do anything during the summit. Just enjoy the sessions, take great notes, and wait for the evaluation in your email.
 

How do I submit questions for the speaker?

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Where do I go to access the event materials?

To access the event materials, navigate to the session of interest in the Grief Summit portal. Adjacent to the Launch Seminar button you will find the link to the session handout.
 

Will I have access to the recording of the event?

Recordings of the Grief Summit sessions will be accessible 2-3 weeks after the live event. Registrants will be notified via email when the self-study recordings are available.

CE hours and approvals on the self-study recordings may differ from live webinar CE approvals. Since the self-study recordings include the same content as the live sessions you cannot earn credit on both.
 

If I lose connection/leave early, will I receive credit?

Awarding partial credit depends on your boards. We encourage attendees to stay for the full scheduled session whenever possible, as some boards will award partial credit and others will not.

If you are unable to access the live event, no worries, we have you covered! The self-study version of this event will automatically be emailed to you 2-3 weeks after the live event.

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Anxiety in the Wake of Loss: Strategies for Working with The Missing Stage of Grief

  • Analyze the clinical implications of anxiety symptoms contributing to the development of complicated grief.
  • Assess the clinical importance of targeting death anxiety to improve treatment outcomes.
  • Evaluate how the reduction of guilt related to the death is an important aspect of treating grief.
  • Apply mindfulness as an effective strategy to help client manage their anxiety symptoms.
  • Investigate how narrative approaches can be used with clients to help them cope with loss.


  • Shattered Assumptions: Treat Grieving Clients Whose Work Has Been Turned Upside Down

  • Analyze the role that core belief disruptions play in the development of persistent complex bereavement.
  • Investigate the impact of negative assumptive worldviews of those with persistent complex bereavement.
  • Investigate the clinical implications of meaning making as a mediating process in the relationship between risk factors for prolonged grief disorder (PGD) and subsequent emergency of PGD symptomatology.


  • Anticipatory Grief: Helping Clients Face Impending Loss and Uncertain Futures

  • Distinguish between anticipatory grief and conventional grief.
  • Analyze core characteristics and challenges related to anticipatory grief.
  • Investigate common anticipatory grief reactions.
  • Apply interventions to help clients cope when anticipating the loss of a terminally ill loved one.


  • Kids and Loss: How to Work with the Uniqueness of a Child's Grief

  • Analyze how the behavioral manifestations of grief in children impacts treatment planning.
  • Evaluate the implications of a bereaved child or adolescent’s developmental stage on grief counseling and treatment.
  • Apply appropriate interventions for bereaved children and adolescents to mitigate potential disruption of healthy developmental trajectories.
  • Investigate how clinicians can address the diverse needs of bereaved children and families to prevent complications of grief and promote healthy adaptation following loss.


  • Grief Work in Virtual Settings: New Tools to Create Support and Connection

  • Analyze current research supporting the use of videoconferencing for behavioral interventions across many patient populations and clinical settings.
  • Investigate how online grief support networks can be used to reduce psychological distress and increase psychosocial benefits for clients.
  • Evaluate resources that can be used to facilitate the tasks of mourning when working remotely with clients.
  • Evaluate how distance-technology grief supports can be delivered to support clients with complicated grief.


  • Unattended Grief: Interventions to Facilitate Healthy Grieving

  • Investigate techniques that can be used to help those dealing with loss in their lives during the pandemic.
  • Utilize tools for helping clients address trauma, grief and the traumatic moment.
  • Assess how all losses, including death, divorce, job loss and more can impact clients.


  • Compassion Fatigue: Prevention for Professionals Who Work with Grief and Trauma

  • Investigate how secondary traumatic stress and burnout produce the symptoms of compassion fatigue.
  • Analyze how secondary traumatic stress can negatively impact the professional and personal life of helping professional and caregivers.
  • Analyze the symptoms and of compassion fatigue including those associated with arousal, avoidance, intrusion and fatigue.
  • Assess for the presence and severity of compassion fatigue symptoms in self and others.
  • Apply skills from compassion fatigue resilience training to ameliorate compassion fatigue symptoms.


  • Traumatic Grief: Cognitive, Behavioral and Somatic Approaches

  • Investigate the diagnostic criteria for traumatic grief.
  • Utilize Worden’s “Tasks of Mourning” to conceptualize the navigation of treatment for all forms of bereavement: simple, complicated and traumatic
  • Analyze the role of body-centered practices in helping those with traumatic grief experience safety.
  • Assess the clinical utility of in vivo exposure in treating traumatic grief in clients to help them return to avoided activities and situations.
  • Apply cognitive, behavioral and somatic techniques to lessen symptoms and enhance functioning for those suffering with traumatic grief.


  • Reach Across Divides: Cultural & Difference Focused Practices in Grief Work

  • Evaluate the impacts of inequalities in race, gender, sexual orientation, and age on counseling, treatment and support practices for grief and loss.
  • Determine how an understanding of diversity and inclusion can benefit clinicians working with grieving clients.
  • Investigate barriers to clinicians maintaining inclusive practices in communities of difference.
  • Apply best practices to create a culturally and difference informed practice.


  • Grief After Suicide: Transition Survivors from "Why?" to "What's Next?"

  • Analyze the treatment implications of the unique challenges faced by grieving suicide survivors.
  • Determine how the meaning clients attach to suicide can impede recovery.
  • Apply a strengths-based approach to tap into suicide survivor’s potential for resiliency.
  • Utilize narrative techniques to help suicide survivors make meaning following suicide loss.


  • Anxiety in the Wake of Loss: Strategies for Working with The Missing Stage of Grief

    The link between grief and anxiety
    • Strategies to normalize anxiety after loss
    • Mindfulness for reducing anxiety in grieving clients
    • Making amends – guilt releasing exercises
    • Resilient grieving
    • Narrative approaches and writing exercises


    Shattered Assumptions: Treat Grieving Clients Whose Work Has Been Turned Upside Down

    ’Mind the gap’ – differences between expectations and experiences
    • Exploring how expectations are created and maintained
    • How to identify expectations and value language in clients
    • Interventions to explore family of origin events
    • Assessments to explore values and strengths
      • Creating opportunities to discover new values


    Anticipatory Grief: Helping Clients Face Impending Loss and Uncertain Futures

    The construct of anticipatory grief
    • Common anticipatory grief reactions
    • Facilitate conversations about illness, death, and loss to promote healthy coping
    • Interventions for children, adolescents, adults, and families facing terminal illness


    Kids and Loss: How to Work with the Uniqueness of a Child's Grief

    Cognitive components of understanding grief in childhood
    • Common grief reactions and coping mechanisms in grieving children and adolescents
    • Creative intervention strategies
    • Grief support groups for children and adolescents
    • Ethical and practical implications for counseling children at schools


    Grief Work in Virtual Settings: New Tools to Create Support and Connection

    The unique challenges of suicide survivors
    • A strengths-based approach to build resiliency and plant the seeds of possibility
    • Techniques to transform the survivor’s relationship with the deceased
    • Narrative to reframe the meaning attached to the suicide
    • Strategies to help clients access and reclaim compassion


    Unattended Grief: Interventions to Facilitate Healthy Grieving

    What unattended grief looks like
    • When we’re not attending and when others aren’t attending
    • Grief, trauma and post-traumatic growth
    • 6 keys to helping clients attend to their grief


    Compassion Fatigue: Prevention for Professionals Who Work with Grief and Trauma

    Causes, symptoms and effects of compassion fatigue
    • From external to internal locus of control
    • The formula for hopelessness and demoralization
    • The true cause of work-related stress
    • Five skills for professional resilience
      • Self-Regulation
      • Intentionality
      • Perceptual Maturation
      • Connection & Support
      • Self-Care & Revitalization


    Traumatic Grief: Cognitive, Behavioral and Somatic Approaches

    How does grief become “traumatic grief”?
    • Signs and symptoms
    • Perceived threat and the autonomic nervous system
    • Cognitive, behavioral, and somatic treatments to lessen symptoms and enhance functioning
    • In vivo exposure to lessen threat response and ameliorate traumatic stress symptoms
      • Narrative and relaxation to complete Tasks of Mourning


    Reach Across Divides: Cultural & Difference Focused Practices in Grief Work

    How inequalities in race, gender, sexual orientation and age impact support of grief and loss
    • Diversity vs. inclusion
    • Barriers to inclusive practice in communities of difference
    • Personal assessment activity
    • Cultural competence vs. culturally and difference intentioned/aware practice
    • Cultural & difference-focused engagement ideas and strategies
    • Best practices in difference/intersectionality


    Grief After Suicide: Transition Survivors from "Why?" to "What's Next?"

    The unique challenges of suicide survivors
    • A strengths-based approach to build resiliency and plant the seeds of possibility
    • Techniques to transform the survivor’s relationship with the deceased
    • Narratives to reframe the meaning attached to the suicide
    • Strategies to help clients access and reclaim compassion


    CLAIRE BIDWELL SMITH, LCPC

    Claire Bidwell Smith< LCPC, worked as a therapist specializing in grief for over a decade and is the critically acclaimed author of three books of nonfiction: The Rules of Inheritance (Penguin 2012), After This: When Life is Over Where Do We Go? (Penguin, 2015) and Anxiety: The Missing Stage of Grief (Da Capo, 2018).?

    The Rules of Inheritance is a coming-of-age memoir of a young woman forging ahead on a journey of loss that humbled, strengthened, and ultimately healed her. It has been published in 18 countries and is currently being adapted for film. Claire’s work has been celebrated by mental health advocates like Maria Shriver and New York Times Bestselling Author Cheryl Strayed.

    Claire has written for various publications including The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Salon.com, Slate, Chicago Public Radio, The Guardian, Psychology Today and Yoga Journal.



    Speaker Disclosures:

    Financial: Claire Bidwell Smith is an author for Penguin Books; and Da Capo Press and receives royalties. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

    Non-financial: Claire Bidwell Smith has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

    JOY R. SAMUELS, D.MIN., LPC-MHSP, NCC

    Joy R. Samuels, D.MIN., LPC-MHSP, NCC, has over 25 years’ experience as a licensed professional counselor, Fellow in Thanatology, chaplain, and ordained minister. She teaches in the graduate clinical mental health psychology department at Lipscomb University and at Candler School of Theology at Emory University in the United Methodist Church Course of Studies. She maintains a private counseling practice and supervises those seeking licensure as a LPC-MHSP.

    Dr. Samuels holds D.MIN. and MDIV. Degrees from Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington DC. Additionally, she holds an M.S. degree in counseling psychology from California State University, Northridge, CA, and a counseling certificate in substance abuse from the Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale, VA. Among her areas of expertise are individual, couples and family counseling, trauma and bereavement and post-master’s supervision.



    Speaker Disclosures:

    Financial: Joy Samuels is in private practice. She is an adjunct faculty at Lipscomb University. Dr. Samuels receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

    Non-financial: Joy Samuels is a Fellow in Thanatology.

    ERICA H SIRRINE, PH.D., LCSW, FT

    Erica H. Sirrine, Ph.D, LCSW, FT, is a licensed clinical social worker, qualified clinical supervisor and the dean of the School of Social Work at Southeastern University. She has over 17 years of experience in the field of death, dying and bereavement and has been awarded the distinction of Fellow in Thanatology by the Association for Death Education and Counseling. She has conducted and published research on the continuing bonds maintained by survivors following a death, and she recently authored and published Sammy's Story, an anticipatory grief counseling book for young children experiencing the serious illness of a loved one. Dr. Sirrine has extensive expertise providing individual and group therapy to bereaved children, adolescents, adults and families. She has implemented numerous interventions and programs aimed at improving the emotional health of clients experiencing loss. Dr. Sirrine presents seminars on bereavement and loss throughout the United States and is known for her interactive and engaging workshops. She has been distinguished as "Professor of the Year" and the National Association of Social Workers Heartland, Florida Unit's "Social Worker of the Year."



    Speaker Disclosures:

    Financial: Erica Sirrine receives compensation as an Associate Professor at Southeastern University. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

    Non-financial: Erica Sirrine is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, The Association of Baccalaureate Program Directors, the National Alliance for Grieving Children, and the Florida Association of Deans and Directors. She does not receive compensation.

    ALISSA DRESCHER, LPC, FT, GC-C, MA

    Alissa Drescher, LPC, FT, GC-C, MA, is a highly sought after speaker addressing topics related to grief and mourning, and is known for her creative, interactive and story-telling presentation style. She began working in the field of bereavement services in 2006, offering encouragement to grieving parents. Alissa’s passion for supporting people through the grief process led to counseling both grieving children and adults in individual and group settings.

    At the Tristesse Grief Center in Tulsa, OK, she served as Senior Program Director, overseeing a variety of programming including the Healing Hearts Camp, Oklahoma’s first overnight camp for grieving children and teens (now Camp Erin Tulsa). Alissa was an adjunct professor at Southern Nazarene University teaching several undergraduate counseling courses including Death, Grief and Loss. After relocating to Tennessee, Alissa became the founder/Executive Director of the Grief Center of Middle Tennessee, whose mission is to help children, teens and adults cope with loss and change.

    Alissa is a Fellow in Thanatology: Death, Dying & Bereavement and holds a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy with a focus in Play Therapy. She is also a member of the Association of Death Education and Counseling and the National Alliance for Grieving Children.

    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 six bestselling books. His new book is Finding Meaning: The Sixth Stage of Grief. His first book, The Needs of the Dying, a #1 best-selling hospice book, received praise by (Saint) Mother Teresa. He co-authored two bestsellers with the legendary Elisabeth Kübler-Ross: On Grief and Grieving and Life Lessons. His most newly released book is 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 “Brené Brown, 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 Health Care 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.

    ERIC GENTRY PHD, LMHC, DAAETS, FAAETS

    J. Eric Gentry, PhD, LMHC, DAAETS, FAAETS is an internationally recognized leader in the study and treatment of traumatic stress and compassion fatigue. His Ph.D. is from Florida State University where he studied with Professor Charles Figley--a pioneer of these two fields. In 1997, he co-developed the Accelerated Recovery Program (ARP) for Compassion Fatigue - the world's only evidence-based treatment protocol for compassion fatigue. In 1998, he introduced the Certified Compassion Fatigue Specialist Training and Compassion Fatigue Prevention & Resiliency Training. These two trainings have demonstrated treatment effectiveness for the symptoms of compassion fatigue, and he published these effects in several journals. He has trained over 100,000 health professionals over the past 20 years.

    Dr. Gentry was original faculty, curriculum designer and Associate Director of the Traumatology Institute at Florida State University. In 2001, he became the co-director and moved this institute to the University of South Florida where it became the International Traumatology Institute. In 2010, he began the International Association of Trauma Professionals - a training and cortication body-for which he was the vice president.

    In 2005, Hogrefe and Huber published Trauma Practice: Tools for Stabilization and Recovery-a critically acclaimed text on the treatment of traumatic stress for which Dr. Gentry is a co-author. The Second Edition was released in 2010 and the Third Edition in 2015. He is also the author of the groundbreaking Forward-Facing® Trauma Therapy: Healing the Moral Wound. He is the co-author of Forward-Facing® Professional Resilience: Resolution and Prevention of Burnout, Toxic Stress and Compassion Fatigue, Unlocking the Keys to Human Resilience, and Transformative Care: A Trauma-Focused Approach to Caregiving. These books provide a new vision for trauma therapy in the 21st Century. He has written numerous chapters, papers, and peer-reviewed journal articles in the areas of traumatic stress and compassion fatigue. Dr. Gentry is a Master Traumatologist with over 35 years of clinical experience with trauma, Complex PTSD, Personality disorders, and dissociation.

    He is the President and CEO of The Forward-Facing® Institute and owner of Compassion Unlimited -- a private psychotherapy, training, and consulting practice-in Phoenix, AZ.



    Speaker Disclosures:

    Speaker Disclosures: Financial: J. Eric Gentry receives compensation as Owner of Compassion Unlimited. He receives royalties as an author for Hogrefo & Huber Publishing. Dr. Gentry receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

    Non-financial: J. Eric Gentry has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

    ALESIA ALEXANDER, LCSW, CT

    Alesia Alexander, LCSW, CT is a therapist, author and grief, loss and inclusion consultant who serves as co-director of the Tapestries Institute, which provides customized education, training and consultation services to meet the needs of individuals, groups, and organizations interested in doing grief support and inclusion work in their community. Alesia was featured in the PBS documentary Speaking Grief and has worked in community, non-profit, and individualized settings for over 20 years, Certified in Thanatology, she has been honored to walk with young people and families living with loss.



    Speaker Disclosures:

    Financial: Alesia Alexander is the founder and executive director for Project KARMA, Inc. She is a therapist for Zoe Therapy Services.

    Non-financial: Alesia Alexander has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

    RITA A. SCHULTE, LPC

    Rita A. Schulte, LPC specializes in the treatment of depression, suicidality, and grief. Rita is no stranger to loss and suffering, having lost her beloved husband to suicide in 2013. In addition to her private practice, Rita is the creator and host of Heartline Radio where she talks with counselors, authors and everyday people about moving through the difficulties of life. Rita writes for numerous publications and blogs and 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, 2013) and her latest book Alongside: A Roadmap for Suicide Survivors and Those Who Love Them is scheduled to be released in the fall of 2021.



    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.

    Speaker Disclosures:

    Financial: Rita Schulte is an author for Leafwood Publishers and receives royalties. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

    Non-financial: Rita Schulte is a member of the American Counseling Association; American Association of Christian Counselors; and the National Board of Certified Counselors.
    Continuing Education Credits Awarded for Completion of All Days, Full Attendance
    [+] [-] The Grief Summit: Grief Counseling and Treatment in a Pandemic of Loss



    Breakdown for Continuing Education Credits by Event
    [+] [-] Anxiety in the Wake of Loss: Strategies for Working with The Missing Stage of Grief
    [+] [-] Shattered Assumptions: Treat Grieving Clients Whose World Has Been Turned Upside Down
    [+] [-] Anticipatory Grief: Help Clients Face Impending Loss and Uncertain Futures
    [+] [-] Kids and Loss: How to Work with the Uniqueness of a Child’s Grief
    [+] [-] Grief Work in Virtual Settings: New Tools to Create Support and Connection
    [+] [-] Unattended Grief: Interventions to Facilitate Healthy Grieving
    [+] [-] Compassion Fatigue: Prevention for Professionals Who Work with Grief and Trauma
    [+] [-] Traumatic Grief: Cognitive, Behavioral and Somatic Approaches
    [+] [-] Reach Across Divides: Cultural & Difference Focused Practices in Grief Work
    [+] [-] Grief After Suicide: Transition Survivors from “Why?” to “What’s Next?”
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