Seminar Detail

2 Day Comprehensive Grief Treatment Course: Evidence-Based Strategies for Helping Clients Make Meaning After Loss
Where:
SYRACUSE, NY
When:
Thursday, January 30, 2020 - Friday, January 31, 2020
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$499.99
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$439.99
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Location

CROWNE PLAZA SYRACUSE
701 E GENESEE
SYRACUSE, NY 13210
Phone:  315-479-7000
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Course Description:

Your client’s world has been shattered following the loss of a loved one. Not only are they adjusting to these days and weeks without that person, but they are also struggling with changes to their sense of self. Who are they now as they navigate this new world? Your client is stuck in a place of paralyzing sorrow, and you’re unsure of what else to do to help.

You can transform the way you treat grieving clients with the tools and strategies you’ll learn in this 2-day Comprehensive Course!

Join Rev. Dr. Joy Samuels, LPC-MHSP, NCC, as she leads you through the process of working with bereaved individuals and aiding them with making meaning after loss. You’ll learn evidence-based counseling strategies appropriate for the treatment of multiple types of losses, including non-death losses, and grieving styles. In addition, you’ll acquire the skills you need to tailor clinical interventions to the uniqueness of each client’s grief experiences

Attend this advanced course, and you’ll learn how to guide your clients through making meaning after loss - drastically increasing their well-being and reducing symptoms of complicated grief. You’ll walk away with the tools you need to help your clients live fulfilling lives after loss. Register today to revolutionize your work with grieving clients!
Objectives:

  1. Explain relevant theories and models describing the physical and psychosocial effects of loss, grief and mourning on the individual and family system and their clinical implications.
  2. Articulate how to plan and implement appropriate assessments, interventions and strategies to help individuals and families cope with loss and grief to improve treatment outcomes.
  3. Perform a clinical assessment to inform the clinician’s choice of best treatment interventions for the reduction of symptoms of complicated grief, disenfranchised grief, or Persistent Complex Bereavement Disorder.
  4. Differentiate potential loss events occurring throughout the lifespan, including non-death situations, to inform the clinician’s choice of treatment interventions.
  5. Analyze the ethnic, gender and cultural factors that affect individual responses to loss-related situations as it relates to case conceptualization.
  6. Compare factors that influence normal and complicated reactions to dying and grief in clients.
  7. Examine one’s own cognitive, affective and behavioral reactions to death, dying and bereavement, as it relates to professional practice with clients experiencing grief and loss.
  8. Identify theories and models of individual, cultural, couple, family and community resilience in relation to assessment and treatment planning.
  9. Analyze the efficacy of various treatment interventions for complicated grief to improve clinical outcomes.
  10. Scrutinize the ethical and legal issues in end-of-life decisions, such as suffering, dying and choice, and their clinical implications.
  11. Utilize clinical strategies to assist grieving clients in the move from flight or fight to social engagement in session.
  12. Utilize the co-regulating pathways of the social engagement system in session as an approach to managing symptoms of complicated grief.
OUTLINE

Types of Grief & Their Implications for Treatment
  • Disenfranchised grief
  • Persistent Complex Bereavement Disorder
  • Traumatic bereavement
  • Complicated Grief
    • Common trajectories for grief
    • Recognize complicated grief
    • Risk factors for complicated grief
    • Treatment Interventions
  • Types of Loss & Their Impact on Grieving
    • Parental loss
    • Child loss
    • Widowhood
    • Non-death losses
Assessment: Intake Considerations for Grieving Clients
  • Current conceptualization models
  • Recognize different expressions of grief
  • Factors impacting the grief experience
  • Assess for depression and suicide ideation
  • Differentiate between depression, grief & PTSD
  • Use of Adjustment Disorder diagnosis with grief clients
  • Determine how the client understands their grief narrative
  • Persistent complex bereavement disorder
  • DSM-5® changes to Major Depressive Disorder
  • Take home assessment tools
Cultural Considerations for Grief Treatment
  • Cultural factors affecting expression of grief
  • Impact on mourning practices
  • Culture’s impact on death anxiety & meaning of life
  • Determine where the identity emphasis lies
  • Cultural values regarding emotional expression and disclosure
  • The impact of society on grief
Grief Treatment: Interventions & Strategies to Improve Clinical Outcomes
  • Assist clients with expressing their pain
  • Integrate a new inner image of the deceased
  • Client self-assessment strategies for coping
  • Foster client relaxation skills
  • Let the client lead: Starting point, story & stopping point
  • Cultivate acceptance
  • Elicit emotional availability in clients
  • Give clients “permission” to not share stories
  • Focus on planning – not positivity
  • Develop healthy grief rituals
  • Target guilt due to stopping grief rituals
  • Build a bridge between memories, current behaviors & underlying values
  • Help clients accept the finality of the death
  • Navigate the treatment of multiple losses
In-Session Activities: On-the-Spot Interventions to Facilitate Healing
  • The client “influence of loss” chart
  • Use loving kindness meditation to build self-compassion in clients
  • ”Who am I?” exercise
  • Utilize client letters to self
Grief Across the Lifespan: Help Your Clients Heal at Any Developmental Stage
  • Developmental considerations & milestones related to loss reactions for:
    • Children
    • Adolescents
    • Early adulthood
    • Middle adulthood
    • Later adulthood
Grief & the Family: Guide Families Through Healthy Grieving
  • Family systems theory: Family influences on individual grief
  • Variables that complicate family adaptation
  • Strategies to guide family adaptation to loss
  • Develop respect for different grieving styles
  • The role of gender norms
  • ”Family coat of arms” activity
Professional Issues: Ethical Considerations for Working with Grieving Clients, Their Families & the Terminally Ill
  • Ethical dilemmas that confront the terminally ill
  • Ethical principles of end-of-life decisions
  • The clinician’s role in addressing psychological suffering & needs of the terminally ill
  • Impact of cause of death on social isolation
  • Identify the core values and principles of professional ethical behavior
  • Boundaries of professional competence
Target Audience

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

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.
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.

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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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Ethics
This seminar includes 1.0 hours of general ethics instruction. If ethics is not specified within your licensing board’s approval statement below, please contact your board to determine the applicability and amount of ethics allowed.


Addiction Counselors
This course has been approved by PESI, Inc., as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 12.5 CE in the Counseling Services skill group. NAADAC Provider #77553. PESI, Inc. is responsible for all aspects of their programming. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance.

New York Addiction Professionals: This course has been approved by OASAS for 12.5 clock hours toward Initial Credentialing for CPP Section 1 or CPS Section 1 or Renewal for CASAC, or CPP or CPS. Board required certificates will be sent after the program.


Chaplains/Clergy
This activity is designed to qualify for 12.5 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 12.5 contact hours to participants.


Counselors
This intermediate activity consists of 12.5 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.

New York Counselors: CE credit is available. PESI, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's (NYSED) State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Mental Health Counselors. #MHC-0033. This activity will qualify for 15.0 contact hours. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.


Marriage & Family Therapists
This activity consists of 760 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.

New York Marriage & Family Therapists: PESI, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's (NYSED) State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists. #MFT-0024. This activity will qualify for 15.0 contact hours. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered 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 12.5 clock hours and 12.5 participant hours. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.


Psychologists & Psychiatrists
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Psychiatrists
PESI, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. PESI, Inc. designates this live activity for a maximum of 12.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Psychologists
The following state psychologist boards recognize activities sponsored by PESI, Inc. as an approved ACCME provider: Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Wisconsin. This activity consists of 12.5 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Certificates of attendance will be issued for you to submit to your state licensing board to recognize for continuing education credit.

New York Psychologists: This live activity consists of 760 minutes of continuing education instruction and is related to the practice of psychology.


Social Workers
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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, 2017 - January 27, 2020. Social Workers completing this course receive 11.5 Clinical Practice and 1.0 Ethics continuing education credits. No more than 12.5 total CE hours may be awarded for this activity. 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.

New York Social Workers: PESI, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's (NYSED) State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0008. This activity will qualify for 15.0 contact hours. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.


Other Professions
This activity qualifies for 760 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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