Grief & Developmental Disabilities

The community of the developmentally disabled (DD) comprises an under-recognized minority, and these individuals frequently endure a uniquely disenfranchised grief experience. It is important to recognize the special considerations for our clients, for instance, when the individual does not have the expressive language adequate to communicate their grief and subsequently compensates through behavior. Additionally, when the client with DD is the deceased, there may be special considerations of ...
The Association for Death Education and Counseling

Cultural Grief Factors and Access to Care: A Model of Community Support

This presentation will explore a unique region that reflects a mix of cultures (Hispanic, African American, Haitian, Jewish). Experience with this community will guide discussion of cultural influence, mourning rituals, openness/resistance, and barriers to accessing grief support. The presentation will highlight one community-based model that has been successful in addressing the needs of bereaved children and families in a multi-cultural region. Attendees will gain understanding of multi-cult...
The Association for Death Education and Counseling

How New Insights About the Brain Are Helping Us Understand Bereavement

Research on factors that contribute to complications in grief has consistently identified the role of insecure attachment in problematic grief. Over the past 20 years, researchers have identified what appears to be a significant underlying variable in this association between attachment and response to loss, namely the capacity for emotion regulation. Findings from neuroscience research will be presented that demonstrate the importance of early care-giving in brain development and the adverse ...
The Association for Death Education and Counseling

Child-griever to First Lady: The Griefs of Lady Bird Johnson

In 1917, as Claudia Taylor placed flowers on her mother’s grave, no one would have predicted that six-year-old would someday be one of Texas’s most successful businesswomen and a future First Lady. Scholars, in studying her White House years, have ignored the impacts of her mother’s death and her father’s dysfunction as a widower with three young children and his serial remarriages. Lady Bird used her parents’ estates to finance Lyndon Johnson’s ambitious political career. She suff...
The Association for Death Education and Counseling

An Analysis of Research on Childhood and Adolescent Grief

In 2014, the National Alliance for Grieving Children conducted a research compilation project on issues related to childhood grief. Hundreds of peer-reviewed articles were identified, compiled and analyzed. Information gleaned from these peer-reviewed articles and research has provided further insight into the impact of grief on children and teenagers, and protective factors that contribute to healthy coping. This presentation will present a synopsis of these findings and their implication on ...
The Association for Death Education and Counseling

Teaching about Life and Living in Death and Dying Courses

Many who teach or are enrolled in classes on Death and Dying regularly hear critical remarks about these courses—misrepresentations mostly from individuals who have never attended such courses. This presentation describes what actually is taught in most courses in this field with special attention to lessons about life and living that emerge from courses on Death and Dying. As a result, this presentation rebuts misrepresentations of courses on Death and Dying. Learning Objectives: ...
The Association for Death Education and Counseling

The Boy Who Saved Thousands of Lives

Twenty years ago, Reg Green’s seven-year-old son, Nicholas, was shot in a botched carjacking while the family was on vacation in Italy. Reg and his wife, Maggie, donated Nicholas’ organs and corneas, which went to seven very sick Italians, four of them teenagers. In this presentation, Green will describe some key things he has learned while writing books, being interviewed by the media around the world, and making films about the tens of thousands of deaths that occur every year because of...
The Association for Death Education and Counseling

Best Practices in Suicide Bereavement: A New National Report

The Survivors of Suicide Loss Task Force of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention recently completed its work to identify the needs of people exposed to suicide and develop national guidelines for effective suicide postvention. The resulting document offers recommendations for a best-practices approach to postvention infrastructure, resources, services and research. This panel will be the first public presentation of the result of this two-year effort. We summarize evidence for t...
The Association for Death Education and Counseling

Mindfulness and Grief: Techniques For Post-traumatic Growth

Mindfulness-based practices, such as meditation, yoga and formal compassion practice, can help bereaved people steady their mind, relax their body, and make meaning from their loss, all while tapping into the stress-reducing relaxation response. Based on case studies from a weekly drop-in Relaxation and Meditation for Grief Group at a community meditation center, this session will illustrate how these ancient practices can cultivate post-traumatic growth and even improve physical and emotional...
The Association for Death Education and Counseling

A Mother's Tears: From Grief to Activism

History shows that civil rights have had an unlikely champion — the grieving mother. In the midst of great loss, mothers have taken stands against intolerance and injustice. This session will explore dynamics of a grief experience that invites communities into their process to serve as a beacon for transformation. The cases of Trayvon Martin, Oscar Grant, and Michael Brown will serve as a backdrop for a discussion of grief, maternal activism and civil rights. Participants will be asked to ex...
The Association for Death Education and Counseling

Old Meets New, East Meets West: The Fusion of Grief Experience and Ritualization Among Chinese

Grief is a universal experience, but different cultures prescribe diversified forms of rituals to symbolize this special transition. These rituals evolve over time, adapting to contextual changes. At the same time, rituals transform with the interactions of different cultures which are facilitated by globalization. A cosmopolitan city, like Hong Kong, is a melting pot where old meets new and East meets West. This presentation will outline the changing rituals in death and bereavement practice ...
The Association for Death Education and Counseling

Love in Action

Andrew Harvey will expound on the notion of love in action, drawing attention to the “seven laws” he believes should guide our work in the world. With the fusion of values with deeds, every thought, word or action should be imbued with a profound sense of the sacred. Our work becomes holy work, our actions sacred offerings. In Andrew’s words, “If you’re really listening, if you’re awake to the poignant beauty of the world, your heart breaks regularly. In fact, your heart is made to...
The Association for Death Education and Counseling

Working with Grieving Teenagers

Clinical work with teenagers can be challenging in a general sense. They often do not self-present for treatment, and rapport-building can be a slow process requiring steadiness and patience. When teenagers are grieving the death of someone close to them, their belief that no other person can truly “get” what they are going through is intensified. This presentation includes information regarding unique aspects of teenagers’ understanding of death and how that understanding translates int...
The Association for Death Education and Counseling

The Role of Medication in Grief Therapy: Two Case Studies

The role of medication in grief therapy has been controversial. In this presentation, we will briefly hear about two case studies of grief therapy which involved the use of medication. In one, the medication was effective in helping the client deal with some distressing symptoms. In the other, the medication may have helped, but also hindered the client’s recovery. Following presentation of the cases, a psychiatrist with background in the relationship between grief and depression will offer ...
The Association for Death Education and Counseling

Finding Resilience: Thinking Small in the Big Badness

Serious illness and hospitalization are big events. In thanatology circles, we hope that advance care planning and education about hospice and palliative care will prevent bad outcomes that can result from “overtreatment,” should the patient take a fatal turn. Why do these hopes remain painfully unfulfilled? Fear, unpredictability, and inexorability continue to complicate situations at the bedsides of patients with life-threatening illness, despite the spread of palliative care and hospic...
The Association for Death Education and Counseling

Motherless Daughters: A Twenty-Year Retrospective

Hope Edelman, noted speaker and bestselling author of six books, including Motherless Daughters and Motherless Mothers, will share an overview of events since the publication of Motherless Daughters through the book’s 20th anniversary edition, released this spring. In 1994, bereavement services for children were limited, and no services existed for women who’d experienced early mother loss. Since then, programs and centers have multiplied; support groups for motherless women have started a...
The Association for Death Education and Counseling

Grieving Artistically: A Panel for Therapists

The use of the arts in psychotherapy is a burgeoning area of interest in the field of bereavement. But how should clinicians choose between divergent approaches and what criteria should they use to decide which art-based method to use—and when? Panelists will provide a conceptual scaffold for use of the expressive arts in grief therapy, conveying concrete methods and anchoring them in brief case studies. In particular, use of music, creative writing, the visual arts and improvisational theat...
The Association for Death Education and Counseling

Beyond Gender: Understanding the Ways Men and Women Grieve

Many individuals believe that if an individual does not show or share sadness or express other emotions, that individual is not in touch with or is suppressing grief. In fact, grief reactions are highly individual and varied. Many men, and women, may express their grief in more instrumental ways, showing grief in more cognitive or active manifestations. This session explores the different patterns or styles of grief, emphasizing that each of these pattern has their own distinct advantages and...
The Association for Death Education and Counseling

Helping Bereaved Clients Identify, Develop and Utilize Resources

Working with people who are grieving is not just about helping them come to terms with their loss, but about helping them move back into productive, connected lives. To do this, many clients must access resources they may not have needed, or developed, up to the point of their loss. These include internal resources such as the ability to tolerate and manage strong emotions, and external resources such as the supportive relationships with others. Some clients may need help with interpersonal s...
The Association for Death Education and Counseling

Global Healing in a Brokenhearted World

What does healing mean in the larger context of political, economic, environmental, and spiritual crisis that characterizes our era — in which large mushroom clouds of grief, fear, and despair circulate throughout the human family? Depression, anxiety, psychic numbing, addiction, and mass violence escalate as our ability to tolerate these three core dark emotions declines. In these times, it is essential that we who provide help to others widen our understanding of the parameters of our sorr...
The Association for Death Education and Counseling

Understanding and Supporting Children Grieving the Death of Someone in Their Life

Understanding how children process and adapt to changes in their life, and how children feel most comfortable expressing their thoughts and feelings about these changes, is important if we are going to provide an environment that is supportive to children who are grieving. This presentation will present a framework for understanding children’s mental development as it relates to adaptation to life after the death of someone in their life. We will explore bereaved children’s perspectives on...
The Association for Death Education and Counseling

Parental Experiences and Decisions Regarding Fetal Anomalies

Upon a diagnosis of fetal anomalies, parents’ default reality of a “perfect child” is altered by risk factors and the possibility of an “unhealthy child.” This study begins with the realization of this first loss in a series of losses as parents grapple with diagnostic information & end-of-life decision making that occurs within the prenatal context. The results of an interdisciplinary grounded theory study examine the experiences and the processes of personal/emotional decision maki...
The Association for Death Education and Counseling

Let’s Stop “Staging” Dying and Bereaved Persons

Stage-based theories have been proposed to explain both coping with dying and coping with bereavement. In fact, one such theory has become widely known and is frequently mentioned in public discussions, even though this theory has found no support in the scholarly literature and most stage-based theories have fallen into discredit among knowledgeable researchers, clinicians, and educators. This presentation offers an assessment of stage-based theories, including their strengths and limitations...
The Association for Death Education and Counseling

Riding the Dragon: Strengthening the Inner Life of the Caregiver

As professional caregivers, one of the greatest gifts that we can share with others is a sense of our own peace. However, we can’t share what we don’t have. By discussing psychological approaches to maintaining perspective and inner strength in challenging times, Dr. Wicks, an expert on the prevention of secondary stress (the pressures experienced in reaching out to others), offers insights into how we can remain resilient and, in turn, extend our warmth to others without losing our own in...
The Association for Death Education and Counseling

Improving Social Skills in Children & Adolescents

Improving Social Skills in Children & Adolescents is a 4-hour online continuing education course that will discuss the need for children and adolescents to develop the social skills they will need to be successful in school and beyond. It will demonstrate the challenges and difficulties that arise from a deficit of these crucial skills, as well as the benefits and advantages that can come about with well-developed social skills.
Professional Development Resources

Using Therapeutic Groups in Working with the Bereaved

About the Webinar Therapeutic groups have been commonly used to support bereaved persons. There are unique therapeutic elements in bereavement groups that can complement the use of individual work. In this webinar, research on the use of group work with the bereaved will be summarized. Procedural considerations in running group will be discussed. The therapeutic elements as well as group dynamics will be outlined. Specifically, possible group activities that can assist clients will be highl...
The Association for Death Education and Counseling

Risk Management Child and Adolescent Psychiatry CME Rounds - MedRisk

Upon completion of Risk Management Child and Adolescent Psychiatry CME Rounds, you should be able to: 1. Identify the most common reasons why child and adolescent psychiatrists get sued for malpractice. 2. Explain your obligations to maintain patient confidentiality under federal and state laws. 3. List circumstances that would justify breaching patient confidentiality. 4. Explain your duty to a patient's parents and other third parties. 5. Outline documentation practices that will reduce...
Medical Risk Management

Really Bizarre Sexual Behaviors

The range of extant human behavior is truly extraordinary. But, the range of sexual behaviors is exponentially more so. Some are so infrequent and atypical that we call them “bizarre.” Such sexual practices may be described by some laypersons as “sick” or “abnormal.” Even some health care professionals may label such behaviors as “paraphilic” or “psychopathological” or a major behavior or personality disorder or as simply symptomatic of very serious emotional disturbances. ...
Professional Development Resources

Cyberbullying

Bullies have moved from the playground and workplace to the online world, where anonymity can facilitate bullying behavior. Cyberbullying is intentional, repeated harm to another person using communication technology. It is not accidental or random. It is targeted to a person with less perceived power. This may be someone younger, weaker, or less knowledgeable about technology. Any communication device may be used to harass or intimidate a victim, such as a cell phone, tablet, or computer. Any...
Professional Development Resources

Treating Grief as a Mental Disorder: Concerns and Consequences

About the Webinar Join Donna Schuurman for a look at the social construction of grief as a mental disorder, its historical roots, current status, and future implications for bereaved individuals, communities, and those who serve them. With the removal of the "bereavement exclusion" in the DSM-5, against the official public stand of ADEC, and the inclusion of "Persistent Complex Bereavement Disorder" in "Conditions for Further Study," bereavement professionals bear an ethical responsibility ...
The Association for Death Education and Counseling

The Sustaining Capacity of Compassion in the Midst of Loss and Grief

About the Webinar Compassion is a capacity that allows us to be attentive to the experience of ourselves and others, and to sense what will deeply serve in many different situations. While there has been a great deal of emphasis on the concept of compassion fatigue, new research indicates that compassion is actually a self-sustaining response, even in situations of intense grief and trauma. In this webinar, we start by focusing on the elements of compassion and explore how compassion differ...
The Association for Death Education and Counseling

Pharmacology in the Elderly Patient

Pharmacology in the Elderly Patient Online Course presented by Douglas M. 'Monty' Yoder , PharmD, BCPS Objectives: Discuss key issues in geriatric pharmacology Describe the effect of age on pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics Discuss risk factors for adverse drug events and ways to mitigate them Integrate the principles of drug prescribing for older patients
Northwest AHEC at Wake Forest School of Medicine

Grand Rounds: HIV Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Once Upon a Time….HIV Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow. A grand rounds lecture from Katherine R. Schafer, M.D. , Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, Section on Infectious Diseases at Wake Forest School of Medicine. Objectives: Review the history of the HIV epidemic, including history of stigma and misconceptions. Review the current state of knowledge of our Department of Medicine re: HIV. Address knowledge gaps in our Department’s HIV knowledge. Review next steps in HIV care an...
Northwest AHEC at Wake Forest School of Medicine

Rethinking Narcissism

This is a test only course (book not included). The book (or e-book) can be purchased from Amazon or some other source. This CE test is based on Rethinking Narcissism (HarperCollins 2015, 256 pp.), which has enjoyed international expert and critical acclaim for its exciting blend of empirical rigor, practical strategies, and compelling narrative style. In it you’ll discover: A new definition of narcissism, which clarifies the connection between healthy and unhealthy narcissism. A novel...
Professional Development Resources

Caffeine and Health

Caffeine is a rapidly absorbed organic compound that acts as a stimulant in the human body. The average amount of caffeine consumed in the US is approximately 300 mg per person per day - the equivalent to between two and four cups of coffee - with coffee accounting for about three-fourths of the caffeine that is consumed in the American diet. This is considered to be a moderate caffeine intake, which, according to many studies, can promote a variety of health benefits. But some studies clai...
Professional Development Resources

When Your Young Client is Defiant

Children with difficult temperaments and those with developmental delays may have learned to express their dissatisfaction with challenging and defiant behavior like whining, anger, temper tantrums or bad language. They sometimes engage in negative behavior or “misbehave” because they do not have the necessary skills – communicative or otherwise – to make their needs known. The purpose of this course is to teach clinicians effective and practical strategies to manage challenging and de...
Professional Development Resources

Making Sense of ACEs: The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study & Beyond

Description The course will provide an overview of the Adverse Childhood Experience Study including its origins, the method used and the key epidemiologic findings. In addition, it will present some of the criticisms of the methods used. Additional studies supporting the original findings including State Data that used the CDC’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) from the CDC will be presented. Several more recent studies that have used ACE survey items in particular populat...
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Early Attachment Experience: Impact on Adult Grief and Implications for Treatment

About the Webinar Attachment status is one of a very few factors that has been consistently identified by researchers seeking to understand the underlying causes of complicated vs. normal grief. In this presentation, we will look at this connection from several perspectives, focusing first on what we know about the impact of early relational experience on the development of a secure or insecure orientation to attachment. We will consider the implications of an attachment perspective for wor...
The Association for Death Education and Counseling

Animal-Assisted Therapy and the Healing Power of Pets

This is the first course in a three part series and includes the story of Deirdre Rand’s journey with her animal companions and the lessons learned from the challenges and rewards of those relationships. Also discussed are temperament, socialization and training; the role of the neurohormone oxytocin in strengthening the human-companion animal bond; the founding of the three major organizations which register volunteer handler/therapy teams, along with the contributions of key historic figur...
Professional Development Resources

Medical Marijuana

In spite of the fact that nearly half of the states in this country have enacted legislation legalizing marijuana in some fashion, the reality is that neither the intended “medical” benefits of marijuana nor its known (and as yet unknown) adverse effects have been adequately examined using controlled studies. Conclusive literature remains sparse, and opinion remains divided and contentious. This course is intended to present a summary of the current literature on the various medical, legal...
Professional Development Resources

Codependency: Causes, Consequences and Cures

In this course, the author offers in-depth and in-person strategies for therapists to use in working with clients who present with the characteristic behavior patterns of codependency. Clients are usually unaware of the underlying codependency that is often responsible for the symptoms they’re suffering. Starting with emphasis on the delicate process of building a caring therapeutic relationship with these clients, the author guides readers through the early shame-inducing parenting styles t...
Professional Development Resources

Lunch with a Luminary: J. William Worden Discusses the Challenges of Grief in the 21st Century

About the Webinar For more than a half century, J. William Worden has been a respected voice in the care of the dying and bereaved. Since receiving his PhD from Harvard University in 1962, he has treated hundreds of bereaved individuals, written extensively, consulted with colleagues, and taught on every inhabited continent of the globe. He is legendary for his four tasks of mourning, published first in his 1982 book Grief Counseling and Grief Therapy: A Handbook for the Mental Health Practit...
The Association for Death Education and Counseling

Mindfulness: Creating Awareness, Flexibility and Freedom in the Treatment of Trauma

The painful emotional experiences found in the aftermath of trauma often lead to symptoms of PTSD, depression and anxiety, and other issues related to life functioning, including a variety of behavioral problems ranging from substance abuse to relationship problems. Many of the post-trauma attempts to recover involve regaining control over distressing responses to trauma such as intrusive thoughts, and on-going feelings of sadness and fear. While some attempt to control these experiences can b...
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

The National Psychologist - September/October 2015

This CE test is based on the content of articles from The National Psychologist, September/October 2015 issue: APA resets ‘moral compass’ at Toronto meeting Face-to-face AA trumps online groups – for now States’ laws determine liability in duty to warn Hoffman Report says ethics standards intentionally loosened Holding sex offenders after prison ruled unconstitutional Circadian factors in mental health Danger: Electronic Records Ahead Correcting vs. altering records
Professional Development Resources

Using Digital and Social Media in your Work with the Dying and Bereaved

About the Webinar Online resources and digital/social media are changing the way that our society deals with life-threatening illness/impending death, tragedy, memorialization of the dead, and how we express grief. Therefore, it is crucial for professionals who work with the dying and their caregivers as well as the bereaved to be informed about the benefits and potential risks of the use of these types of “thanatechnology”. This webinar will summarize the ways that online resources and...
The Association for Death Education and Counseling

Bipolar Disorder in Adults

Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out daily tasks. Symptoms of bipolar disorder can be severe. They are different from the normal ups and downs that everyone goes through from time to time. Bipolar disorder symptoms can result in damaged relationships, poor job or school performance, and even suicide. But bipolar disorder can be treated, and people with this illness...
Professional Development Resources

Trauma and the Mental Health of Global Populations

Traumatic event experiences are a common feature of the human lifecourse; the vast majority of people will experience at least one serious traumatic event during their life. The consequences of these traumatic events range from physical to mental health consequences. The science is increasingly highlighting that the causes of these consequences extend well beyond the traumatic event itself, to include pre-event circumstances, starting in many cases perinatally, to post-event circumstances and ...
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Identifying and Evaluating Child Abuse

Identifying and Evaluating Child Abuse will help you to: • Perform evaluations in cases of suspected child abuse; • Document injuries appropriately; and • Work with law enforcement and community agencies.
Virtual Lecture Hall

EMTALA: An E.R. Law That Affects All Physicians, 2nd Edition

EMTALA: An E.R. Law That Affects All Physicians, 2nd Edition will help you to: Realize how EMTALA affects your own practice; Understand how to comply with the law; Keep abreast of changes in the rules and regulations that govern enforcement; Become familiar with the penalties for noncompliance with EMTALA; and Meet your ethical and legal responsibilities to provide care.
Virtual Lecture Hall

Delivering Culturally Competent Care: Managing Type 2 Diabetes in Diverse Populations

Delivering Culturally Competent Care: Managing Type 2 Diabetes in Diverse Populations Improve your cross-cultural management skills and understand important terms, such as race, ethnicity, and culture;  Meet your ethical obligations to provide open, respectful patient communication,  Reduce the risks and problems of miscommunication;  Recognize patterns of health care disparities and utilize strategies for eliminating factors that influence them;  Deal with cultural issues when recomm...
Virtual Lecture Hall

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