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Pet Loss Grief Counseling Trained Professional
Audio CD
$219.99 USD
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This item is expected to ship 4-6 weeks after the event on January 15, 2021.
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Audio CD - 4+ hours   Instructions
Multi-disc audio recording with electronic manual and instructions.
1/15/2021 - Available Now for Pre-Order
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  1. Investigate how pet loss grief is often minimized by others and determine how this can impact a client’s symptomology.
  2. Apply psychoeducation approaches with clients to help normalize the grief experienced following the death of a pet.
  3. Demonstrate to clients how mourning rituals can be used to help them better cope with the loss of a pet.
  4. Formulate a plan to help clients better understand the nature of disenfranchised grief so they can grieve the loss of a pet without fear of judgement.
  5. Support how the complex decisions involved in saying goodbye to a pet, including euthanasia can lead to guilt and self-blame in clients.
  6. Integrate expectations about anticipatory grief and end of life issues into sessions with clients to help them better prepare for an upcoming loss. 
Client Grief Education:
How Pet Loss Grief Differs from Other Grief
  • How pet loss is often minimized by others
  • Why typical support systems may be unavailable
  • Unrealistic expectations about the grief process
The Role of Attachment in Pet Loss Grief:
Why Understanding Pet Bonding is Key to Compassionate Counseling
  • History of the human animal bond
  • Three types of pet bonds counselors need to know
  • The economics of pet bonds
  • Cultural and familial norms of pet relationships
The Disenfranchised Grief of Pet Loss:
Strategies to Help Clients Grieve Without Fear of Judgement
  • How to help clients understand the nature of a disenfranchised grief
  • Strategies to help clients externalize grief thoughts and feelings
  • How to find like-minded supports for clients
  • Techniques for educating clients and others on what is appropriate in grief
Anticipatory Grief:
Helping Clients with Pets Nearing the End
  • Understanding anticipatory grief
  • The role of pet parent and caregiver
  • How to help clients develop a trusting relationship with their veterinarian
  • Palliative care vs. Hospice care issues
Euthanasia in Pet Loss Grief:
Effective Interventions for Trauma and Guilt
  • Strategies to help clients cope with trauma, anger, guilt and regret
  • Teach clients to use a caregiver journal to name and express feelings
  • Positive self-talk exercises to help clients heal
Mourning Rituals to Help Clients Cope with Pet Loss
  • Role of religion and belief in spirit
  • How clients can make a special place to honor and remember pets
  • The role of the veterinarian or pet memorial park
  • Continuing bonds to provide comfort and support
  • Use linking objects exercises to reduce the trauma of loss
Group Therapy:
How to Create and Lead Pet Loss Support Groups
  • Group types -- closed or open, self-help or educational
  • Implementation and marketing strategies for your group
  • 3 ways to quickly build trust and rapport with group members
  • How to ensure group safety


Diana Sebzda, LPC, FT is the Director of Bereavement at the Joseph T. Quinlan Bereavement Center where she provides both individual counseling and support groups for those coping with grief, anticipatory grief, and pet loss.

In addition to 17 years of grief counseling experience, Diana also has over 15 years of experience as a veterinary technician where she’s witnessed the impacts of pet loss first hand.

Diana has been published in Healthy Pet Magazine and is a Fellow in Thanatology (FT) with the Association for Death Education and Counseling (where she is Co-Chair of their Pet Loss Networking Group). She is also a member of the Traumatic Loss Coalition of New Jersey, the American Counseling Association, and the Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement. Diana earned her M.A. degree in Applied Clinical Psychology from William Patterson University.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Diana Sebzda is the director of bereavement at the Joseph T. Quinlan Bereavement Center. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Diana Sebzda is a Fellow in Thanatology with the Association for Death Education and Counseling. She is a member of the Traumatic Loss Coalition of New Jersey; the American Counseling Association; and the Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement.
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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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