Overview

The Association for Death Education and Counseling®, The Thanatology Association®, is one of the oldest interdisciplinary organizations in the field of dying, death and bereavement. Its nearly 2,000 members include a wide array of mental and medical health personnel, educators, clergy, funeral directors and volunteers.
ADEC offers numerous educational opportunities through its annual conference, courses and workshops, its certification program, and via its acclaimed publication, The Forum.

ADEC has an active distance learning program and a certification in Thanatology.


A FABULOUS Way to Prevent Compassion Fatigue

A FABULOUS Way to Prevent Compassion Fatigue is designed for healthcare and behavioral health professionals at risk for burnout, secondary trauma and vicarious trauma. This webinar has been developed to provide you with techniques to deal with personal and professional stress. Discover eight essential elements of the FABULOUS Principle: F: Flexible thinking; A: Attitude; B: Boundaries; U: Unders...
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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 back...
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Addressing the Needs of Families

Bereavement camps provide opportunities to learn about loss, dispel misperceptions, develop coping skills and build self-confidence which increases their resilience. By including the adults involved in their life, they gain a better understanding of their grieving child’s needs and have the opportunity for their own support. Family camps can provide the adult with time for reflection and renew...
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Ambiguous Loss, Nonfinite Loss, and Disenfranchised Grief: Connections and Implications for Clinicians

While a great deal of focus in bereavement theory and practice is upon grief that occurs after the loss of a loved one through death, recent research demonstrates that profound grief may also occur in losses that don’t necessarily involve death. These types of loss experiences present unique challenges and forms of grief that are often disenfranchised. In this panel, three experts in the fie...
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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 h...
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An Attachment Informed Approach to Grief and Grief Therapy

An Attachment Informed Approach to Grief and Grief Therapy In this session the presenters introduce a perspective on grief therapy that integrates current theory and practice in thanatology with contemporary research on attachment, interpersonal neuroscience, and psychotherapy. Attachment Informed Grief Therapy is grounded in a set of assumptions about the central role of attachment in ho...
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Ask the Expert: Bob Neimeyer

About the Webinar This webinar, the first of its kind, will feature Robert Neimeyer answering your questions on death, dying, bereavement, and counseling, models of grief, contemporary research and clinical practice methods. The entire webinar will be based on your questions for Bob, which he will answer in a case consultation way respecting the confidentiality of your clients. You will have ...
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Ask the Expert: Katherine Shear

About the Webinar Welcome to Ask the Expert: Katherine Shear. This webinar will feature M. Katherine Shear, MD, answering your questions about complicated grief. For the past 20 years, since her work led to identifying the condition, Dr. Shear has been the leading researcher in the area of complicated grief and the most effective treatment methods for it. This entire webinar will be based on yo...
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Attachment Informed Grief Therapy - Perspectives on the Therapeutic Relationship

About the Webinar Attachment theory has served as a theoretical foundation for the thanatology field for many years. In a new book, titled Attachment Informed Grief Therapy: The Clinician’s Guide to Foundations and Applications, (Routledge) Phyllis Kosminsky, Ph.D. and John Jordan, Ph.D. have used attachment theory to advance our understanding of a person’s response to loss, as well as thei...
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“Well, Ain’t This a Fine Howdy-do!” Helping Care-givers Navigate Postmortem Discoveries

No matter how well you know or think you know a spouse, partner, parent, sibling, child, business colleague - after a death grievers can be blind-sided by a postmortem discovery. The crisis may be initiated by a financial discovery, an updated/outdated will, the awareness of another sexual partner, a gambling addiction, or the squandering of financial assets and resources. Some caregivers feel b...
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Balancing on a Shifting Rug—Facilitating End-of-Life Decision Making

Because illness is a transformative and dynamic process, so too is the accompanying decision-making regarding treatment. Complicated by increasing technology, decreasing education about the dying process, lack of comfort about this topic and fear of loss, our ability to understand and navigate complex end of life issues has been inhibited. Both the professional and lay communities struggle with ...
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Being There: Skyping at the End of Life

"Being there" is what professionals recommend as families face death. In today's world, relatives and friends may be thousands of miles away when a loved one is dying. This presentation examines the ways in which technology can support families in being present for their loved ones and each other at the end of life. It addresses both professional, family, and individual issues in the dying proce...
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Being There: Virtual Presence at the End of Life

About the Webinar "Being there" is what professionals recommend as families face death. In today's world, relatives and friends may be thousands of miles away when a loved one is dying. This presentation examines the ways in which technology can support families in being present for their loved ones and each other at the end of life. It addresses both professional, family, and individual issues...
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Bereavement After Suicide and Homicide: A Conversation About Differences and Similarities

The suicide or homicide of a loved one is likely to elicit profound trauma and completed grief responses in the mourner. Nonetheless, clinical experiences and research literature suggest that there are also differences in the two bereavement experiences. Drawing on their extensive work with survivors of these two types of traumatic loss, the presenters will discuss differences and similarities b...
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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...
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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 patte...
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Beyond Goodbye: A New Approach to Grief Work

Death may end a life, but it doesn’t end a relationship. In this workshop, we’ll explore a new way of doing grief work that helps the bereaved person say good-bye to one aspect of the relationship with a departed loved one, while learning to acknowledge the continuing bond with the deceased and begin a different kind of ongoing, emotional connection. You’ll learn a blend of experiential...
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Beyond Intuitive or Instrumental - A New Look at Grief Style

This webinar is designed to inform and train participants in the expanding theory of individualized grief response known as GRIEFtype. This presentation will discuss the outcomes of the 2013 study comparing Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator preferences and grief response. The relationship between grief response and personality has been suggested by many in the field (Prigerson, 2006; Wortm...
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Caring for Self While Caring for Others: Managing Stress and Avoiding Burnout in Caregiving

About the Webinar Caregiving professionals are very good at caring for others, but where we struggle most is in caring for ourselves. As health care and human service organizations undergo tectonic changes, staff members often are caught in the middle of unclear expectations and increasing demands. Understanding the nature of caregiving stress and the symptoms of burnout is helpful. More i...
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Changing Patterns in Bereavement: Research, Experience & Baby Boomers Equals Changes in Grief Support

The content of this presentation is based on three factors that lead us to new understanding of grief and changes that can be made in grief support to better meet the needs of today’s griever. 1. Research in thanatology has given grief specialists incentive to see grief from an adjusted perspective and to develop support sensitive to these findings. 2. Baby Boomers, primarily those born ...
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Changing the Face of Bereavement: Caregivers Adaptation After the Death of a Family Member with ADRD

The anticipated increase in incidence and prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) in the U. S. is alarming. According to the Alzheimer’s Association (2015) the number of individuals living with AD is projected to grow to nearly 11-16 million by 2050. Additionally, in 2014, an estimated 15 million family members furnished approximately 17.9 billion hours of care to individuals with AD and oth...
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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...
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Children of Suicide: In Her Wake

About the Webinar Every sixteen minutes someone dies by suicide, and every sixteen minutes a family is left devastated and trying to make sense of it. Although reliable statistics are difficult to come by, a conservative estimate reveals that at least 10,000 to 20,000 children and adolescents in the United States are bereaved by suicide each year. Although bereaved children experience a pain...
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Clinical and Practical Uses of the Extraordinary Experiences of the Bereaved

Extraordinary Experiences (EE) are defined as events in which the mourner believes he or she has received a sign or message from the deceased loved one or a divine being. These kinds of Psi Phenomena – extrasensory perception, psychokinesis, precognitive dreams – have historically played a significant role in how individuals cope with the death of a loved one and reinvest in life. Normalizin...
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Coloring Your Grief

Coloring is an activity that we associate with children. However, coloring is beneficial for grieving adults. One of the first psychologists to apply coloring as a relaxation technique was Carl Jung. He found that coloring activates different areas of our brain which we know are needed to process the grief experience. It has a de-stressing effect because when we focus on coloring, we focus on it...
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Compassion for Ourselves: Rejuvenate Mind, Body, and Spirit;

As professionals, we are experts at supporting clients and patients on their journeys through end of life and grief. We witness the emotional turmoil that ebbs and flows in and around them and we are profoundly transformed by the experience. Along with the many rewards of this intimate, heart-centered work, comes a variety of challenges. Honoring our own need for rejuvenation is an essential com...
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Continued Bond/Attachment Theories for Perinatal Loss Intervention

Parents who suffer a perinatal loss and embark on a new pregnancy can struggle with attachment to a child that follows due to loyalty issues to the deceased baby. Finding meaning for one’s role as a parent when pregnancy was the only time parents had with their child can be challenging. This presentation merges research and clinical practice to describe an innovative prenatal model of interve...
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Coping With the Holidays After a Loss

As the holidays approach, we know that our clients who are grieving the death of a loved one, those caring for someone seriously ill, or being ill themselves, are approaching the holiday season with anxiety and dread. Normalizing their feelings is helpful, but we know from experience and research that planning ahead can help to alleviate some of the stress. This presentation will address these d...
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Counseling Widowers: An Empathic and Strengths-Based Approach

About the Webinar Widowers face many challenges upon the loss of their partner, including physical health problems, high mortality rates, increased risk of suicide and social isolation. In many cases a widower’s adherence to traditional masculine norms can worsen these concerns. Furthermore, bereaved men who embody masculine ideals such as independence, stoicism and discomfort with expressi...
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Creating Meaningful Memories

Utilizing both cross-cultural research and clinical experience, this presentation will help learners discover key characteristics to be included in death-related rituals, including funerals, memorial services, bedside rituals, and anniversary observances. Learning Objectives: Articulate key characteristics of effective memorial rituals. Describe culturally-sensitive examples of memorial r...
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Creative Interventions for Children Experiencing Traumatic Grief

Children who suffer from traumatic grief are dealing with both trauma and loss, and require treatment that addresses trauma symptoms as well as traditional grief therapy. This training will combine theoretical material with practical techniques. A brief overview of childhood traumatic grief will be presented, i.e. definition, symptoms and reactions, risk and resilience factors. Innovative activ...
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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 bereav...
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Cultural Perspectives on Dying, Death and Grief

There are no truths or facts about dying, death and grief that are free of culture. This webinar provides an overview of how people from various cultures understand and experience dying, death and grief and also what, from their cultural viewpoint, constitutes desired help. The webinar will provide examples of cultural variations in: the meanings and understandings of dying, death and grie...
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Death Education Online: Lessons Learned

As pedagogy and technology have advanced teaching and learning in all academic areas, so too has the opportunity for distance education developed in the field of thanatology. This panel of experienced online death educators will discuss the insights they’ve gained as they developed and implemented courses around the topics of death, dying and bereavement. Panel members will discuss approaches ...
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Death, Dying and Bereavement: Multicultural Competence in Psychotherapy

Are grief and loss a unitary or universal psychological phenomenon which transcends culture? Or are they themselves a product of culture and therefore as variable and diverse as the cultures themselves? Although attachment is universal, there may be a variety of grief reactions that come into play when somebody important to us or our social group dies (Klass, 2000). The purpose of this talk is t...
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Deconstructing the Case for Complicated Grief

Notwithstanding the rejection of a proposed grief-related Mental Disorder after the DSM-5 Task Force determined there was insufficient evident to warrant inclusion, the term, “Complicated Grief” has infiltrated the bereavement field vernacular as a bona fide “chronic debilitating condition” for which CG treatment is required. The dominant discourse and increasingly prevailing paradigm fo...
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DSM-5 and Bereavement: Q&A with the Field Trial Presenter

About the Webinar: This unique event offers participants a chance to engage in Q&A with the presenter of ADEC’s webinar recording, DSM-5 Bereavement Changes: Assessing Grief in the Field. In preparation for this Q&A, participants are encouraged to purchase and watch the pre-recorded program. (This new program is specially priced, so that the cost of the the recording plus the Q&A are equiva...
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Dying in the Hospital Wilderness: How Might it Influence Grief?

Many people believe that rescue from death and a good dying are not incompatible goals. Partly because of this belief, dying in the hospital can assume at least 17 different forms, according to Dr. Chapple’s ethnographic research. How does a clinician, patient or family member navigate this terrain during or after the fact of death? In this webinar, Dr. Chapple will map the landscape of hosp...
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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 insecu...
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Epilepsy Mortality and Complicated Grief

About the Webinar People with epilepsy are often told they can live well with the disease, that it's one you can live with and not die from. The reality is tens of thousands of people die each year as a result of having epilepsy. Epilepsy-related causes of death include accidents, suicide, and Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP). An alarming fact is that many of these deaths are of yo...
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Essential Considerations for Intervention After Sudden, Traumatic Death

This workshop focuses on how the sudden, traumatic death of a loved one presents the mourner with challenging demands stemming from the volatile mixture of loss and trauma. The ensuing combination of grief and traumatic stress often severely disables coping, impairs functioning, and compromises adaptation. The dynamics found in sudden death from accident, disaster, suicide, homicide (including t...
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Ethical Practice in Grief Counseling (Part 1): Competence, Consent, Confidentiality

Ethical dilemmas are an inevitable part of counseling practice for any healthcare professional. For those difficult times, are you familiar with a credible, accessible decision-making model to apply? How do you know what is the best thing to do for clients and families, while at the same time honoring your professional standards and maintaining personal integrity? In this webinar, Dr. Louis ...
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Ethical Practice in Grief Counseling (Part 2): Multiple Relationships, Internet Counseling, Public Service

Ethical dilemmas are an inevitable part of counseling practice for any healthcare professional. For those difficult times, are you familiar with a credible, accessible decision-making model to apply? In this webinar, Dr. Gamino will review his "Five P Model" for ethical decision-making and demonstrate its application with problems related to: Multiple relationships, which occur when a counse...
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Exploring Living Losses: Offering Support to Those Who Grieve with Non-death Loss Experiences

About the Webinar In this session, we will explore the clinical implications that underscore effective support of individuals whose grief results from significant non-death loss experiences. Topics will include ambiguous loss, non-finite loss, chronic sorrow, and tangible/ intangible losses. Utilizing case studies and examples, we will identify the unique features and specific interventions f...
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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 ...
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Getting Researchers and Clinicians to Play Nice: Building a Bridge to Span the Gap Separating Practitioners and Researchers

Counselors, psychologists and social workers depend on the work of researchers to inform their practice. Seasoned therapists understand that pulling from a multitude of current grounded theory gives their clients the best chance for a healthy life. Researchers depend on counselors, psychologists and social workers to utilize and inform their work. They strive to develop grounded theory to provid...
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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 i...
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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 beha...
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Grief After Suicide: How Does Suicide Change the Grieving Process?

While it shares some of the characteristics of all traumatic losses, suicide often presents unique challenges for mourners and for those who would help them. People mourning the loss of a loved one to suicide (known as suicide survivors) face a complex set of recovery tasks. These include making sense of a death that often makes no sense, sorting out responsibility for and preventability of the ...
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Grief and Cognition: Exploring the Connections and Implications

About the Webinar This webinar explores the cognitive impact of grief in both children and adults. Grief impacts persons emotionally, socially, physically, cognitively, and spiritually. Most grief theories and literature focuses on the emotional dimensions of grief. This webinar will report on recent research exploring grief and cognition. The presenter will discuss the literature, one quantita...
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Grief Goes to Camp: Models, Outcomes and Assessment

The types and numbers of camping experiences for grieving children and adolescents have increased significantly in recent years. Models include day camps to overnight camps, differing in length of time, with or without caregivers. Such variety extends to camp goals, participant ages and types of activities. Those who value bereavement camps as supportive for grieving children recognize that an e...
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Grief Through a Family Lens: Meanings and Methods

Grief is a family affair, yet most of what we know about grief is from an individual perspective. Our understanding and our interventions are for the most part individually focused. In this webinar, Dr. Nadeau will stress the importance of seeing grief through a family lens. She will emphasize how family members interact in their struggle to make sense of their loss. The meanings that a family a...
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Grief: The Story of Love After Loss

About the Webinar The death of a loved one is a very common and uniquely challenging life experience — one of the most difficult a person can face. Love is the bedrock of grief and its guiding light as people find pathways through the pain of loss, reshape their relationship with the person who died, and remake their lives. However, for an important subgroup of bereaved people, troubling th...
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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 ca...
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Handbook of Thanatology Self Study Course

The Handbook of Thanatology, ADEC's essential body of knowledge for the study of death, dying and bereavement, is available as an online self-study course. The Handbook of Thanatology Self Study Course offers online quizzes in six sections that mirror the printed handbook. Purchase and complete the quizzes online for continuing education credit or nursing contact hours. If you don't already o...
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Healing from Within: Using Positive Psychology and Core Character Strengths with Grieving People

This webinar introduces the relatively new field of positive psychology, briefly examines its roots and explores the six virtues and 24 core character strengths that contribute to positive mental health. We will present the rationale for using positive psychology with grieving people, provide examples of exercises used in facilitating widows' groups, and share resources in this growing field. ...
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Healing Presence for the Healer: Where They Do the Healing

Professionals exposed to various stressful and traumatic experiences while providing end-of-life care and bereavement care can potentially develop negative consequences. Research has shown that these negative consequences can be significantly influenced by positive work environments. Children’s Hospital and Health System of Wisconsin uses an innovative, holistic program to support the emotiona...
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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 resourc...
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Helping Children Grieve: Bereavement Camps and More

About the Webinar Grief counseling with children shares similarities with other counseling topics and techniques, yet also shares unique challenges as well; some of which are common misconceptions about the grief of children and contextual attitudes which may include mistaken notions that the topic of grief is best left unaddressed. Successfully working with bereaved children is both personally...
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Hospices and the Holidays - When You're Supposed To Be Happy, But You're Not

The holiday season can be heartbreaking, confusing and challenging for hospice families as they try to make it more meaningful than ever while dealing with continuous losses along the way. Hospice workers, with their unique perspectives and suggestions, can help patients and families work through the personal and cultural dynamics inherent in this time of year. Learning Objectives: After att...
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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 ...
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How to Start and Facilitate a Bereavement Support Group

Many people who experience the death of a loved one will state that they feel very isolated and wonder if anyone else is experiencing similar feelings. Sometimes, family and friends aren’t able to provide the support needed. Bringing people together to talk about their loved one and to find a “safe harbor” can ease the burden of grieving alone. It takes a lot of time and energy to get the ...
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Is Evidence-Based Practice Appropriate for Grief Counseling

Evidence-based practice (EBP) was first widely accept- ed and implemented by physicians and then adopted by nursing and other healthcare professions. It has also come into prominence in psychology. Many urge that it should be foundational for grief counseling. This presentation explores the similarities and differences among these disciplines and the appropriate places given to research evid...
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Keeping Up in Grief: A Vital Component in Self Care

About the Webinar Field leaders maintain that keeping up with the newest information in one's field is vital to effective practice. However, researchers and educators often become so focused on a small part of the field, they lose sight of what is happening in the larger arena of bereavement care. Overworked professionals with ever-expanding caseloads rarely feel they have the time for profes...
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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 ...
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Lifting the Fog: An introduction to Complicated Grief Treatment

The American Psychiatric Association is considering the inclusion of complicated grief disorder in the next edition of its diagnostic manual. This webinar will introduce practitioners to principles and procedures that have been shown to be effective as a treatment for complicated grief (CG), as well as review the different criteria sets being considered for inclusion in DSM-V. In this webina...
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Light on the Dark Side of the Street: Living Well in a Stress and Trauma world

What is stressful about your work? What do you find traumatic in your work? Where are the sources of grief in your life? The answers to these questions do not exist in vacuums, of course, but interact with and influence the others. We often have more wisdom about coping than we apply and the barriers to doing what we know helps are worth considering. It is possible to find light and live well on...
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Living in the "Second Circle:" How We Are Changed By The Work We Do

Death and crises are facts of life. Death reminds us that although we want predictability and control over our lives, neither is guaranteed. Life-changing events challenge our coping skills, force us to reassess our priorities and transform us. As professionals, working with patients, clients, residents, the public and their families changes us. As individuals, and “work families,” how are w...
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Living with Life-Threatening Illness

The focus of the webinar is on the experience of a life-threatening illness for an individual, the family, and the support system. The psychological, social, and spiritual aspects of the dying process on both the dying person as well as family and formal caregivers will be explored. The tasks individuals and families face in adapting to life-threatening illness will be discussed; as will the ne...
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Loss and Grief Issues With LGBT Youth: A Clinical and Societal Perspective

About the Webinar Working with loss and grief issues involving gay adolescents is a subject not often explored but much needed. This webinar is designed to take a look at the LGBT adolescent in today’s world, and explore homophobia, coming out, at-risk behaviors, depression, and clinical practice and parental and community interventions. Resources, theory, and practical case studies will be...
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Loss in the Lives of LGBTQ+ People

Description: Loss, whether death or non-death related, touches us all. Bereavement research in particular is steadily advancing, giving professionals a growing knowledge base from which to help clients and patients. However, even as we try for increasing inclusivity in research and practice, various groups still receive uneven amounts of attention, and one group particularly impacted by a lac...
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Loss Upon Loss: Caregivers, Dying Persons and the End of Life

About the Webinar There are layers of progressive losses facing persons at the end of life and their caregivers. This presentation will explore the impact and losses caregiving and the end of life generate. The end of life presents great challenges and also opportunities for meaning creation. Perhaps the most important dimensions involved for caregivers and persons at the end of life center aro...
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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 aw...
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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...
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Meaning-Centered Grief Therapy: Theory, Practice and Promise

This presentation describes Meaning-Centered Grief Therapy (MCGT), a new and innovative 16-session intervention for bereaved parents exhibiting elevated prolonged grief symptoms. We will describe the development of MCGT, which was adapted from Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy using feedback from bereaved parents and grief specialists, and its underlying theoretical model and session content. Preli...
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Mindfulness & Grief: Coping Skills for Life After Loss

Facing the reality that a loved one has died is overwhelming, yet bereaved people also have to cope with physical, emotional, cognitive and spiritual suffering. Mindfulness-based techniques – including meditation and yoga – can help bereaved clients reduce unpleasant side effects while learning powerful coping skills. During this session she uses case examples and practical instruction to e...
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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...
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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. ...
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Mourning Beyond Gender: The Difference a Decade Makes

Ten years ago Martin and Doka published their work on adaptive grieving styles, work that Humphrey (2009) evaluated as one of two models they highly recommended to counseling professionals. This paper reviews the research and the changes in the last decade between publications. Specifically the work indicates the way new research testing their model as well as theoretical advances in such areas ...
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New Theories of Grief: Going Beyond Kübler-Ross

Although grieving the death of a loved one remains identified in the public imagination with a sequence of emotional stages beginning with shock and denial, and moving through phases of anger, bargaining and depression before concluding in acceptance, recent evidence strongly challenges this model, as the path taken through grief is influenced greatly by the character of the loss and the charact...
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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 Eas...
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Our Work, Our Selves

As thanatologists, we study, write, teach, and help with the dying and bereavement of other people. But what about our own losses? How have our life experiences with death, dying, and bereavement influenced our work? Have they led us into the field? Have they changed how we do the work? Have they changed how we view our own mortality? These important but rarely discussed issues (even within ADEC...
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Palliative and Grief Care Around The World

This webinar will expose attendees to the wide variety of palliative care and grief practices around the world that can help us think in new ways about the way we practice and broaden our understanding of the experience of care surrounding the end of life through other cultural lenses. Palliative care always includes addressing the needs of those grieving both before and after death occurs. I...
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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...
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Practical Strategies for Helping Grieving Clients Cope with Three of the Big Ones: Worry, Anger and Guilt

Our clients come to us with an array of grief-related issues. In this webinar we examine how worry, anger, and guilt can take over the lives of our clients. First we will identify common worries of people in grief and learn an effective method to help our clients worry in healthy ways. Next, we will examine anger during bereavement and identify common targets, suggestions for coping with anger, ...
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Promotion of Resilience Among Parentally-Bereaved Children

No two children grieve the loss of a parent in identical fashion, but some demonstrate more resilience than others. This webinar will explore the concept of resilience in parentally-bereaved children and the research evidence concerning sources of that resilience. Dr. Sandler will discuss how his research and theoretical understanding of those sources translated into the creation of an intervent...
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Putting Faces on Our Theories

Historically, grief therapy and education have relied heavily on theoretical constructs that offer a structure to interacting with the bereaving. Can we enhance these theories by “putting a face” on them? This webinar focuses on borrowing narratives from historical and biographical personalities. Thus, the theory is a skeleton, and the stories are the skin. C.S. Lewis reportedly said, “We ...
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Raising Grieving Children

This webinar will help practitioners understand a child’s or an adolescent’s reaction to the death of a parent. The presentation will explore grief as a normal life-cycle event, not looking for a cure but understanding the need to live with and through the grief. In this context, the presenter will take the child’s age into consideration and how age affects what children experience as “l...
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Reaching Through Sorrow to Legacy

We appreciate too little the vital role that remembering the dead plays in the process of relearning the world after loss. Our physical and social surroundings, and even aspects of our selves, are filled with painful reminders of separation from those we grieve. So too are they filled with less difficult reminders of the stories of our loved ones’ lives, their characters, and how they touched ...
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Reassessing Kübler-Ross on Coping with Dying and Coping with Loss

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross (1926-2004) was an early and important contributor to the field of death and dying. Her book, On Death and Dying (1969), had a major impact on both professional and public readers. Now, several years after her death, it is useful to look back on her contributions to our understandings of coping with dying and coping with loss, to consider what commentators have said about ...
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Religious Coping and Meaning-Making Following Loss of a Loved One

About the Webinar: There is a complex interplay between religious worldviews and how one makes meaning of loss. While both meaning-making and spirituality have been individually associated with bereavement outcome, less is known about the association between meaning-making and specific types of religious coping. In this presentation, we will explore the relation between the use of a variety o...
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Research that Matters: Social Media and Bereavement

Dr. Mary Alice Varga provides an overview of the existing research on the role of social media and bereavement, and discusses the practical implications of social media as it relates to assisting grieving individuals. Dr. Carla Sofka focuses on the pros and cons of the use of social media in bereavement contexts. Dr. Illene Cupit focuses on the iconography of Facebook postings by both adolescen...
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Responding To Community Crisis

About the Webinar Terrorist attacks, school shootings, natural disasters or accidents with numerous casualties have caused many to wonder how they would, or should, respond if a traumatic event occurred in one’s own community. As specialists in the field of death, dying and bereavement you may have felt an increased obligation to be prepared and able to respond. Yet perhaps you wonder “Wh...
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Responding To Community Crisis (LIVE)

About the Webinar Terrorist attacks, school shootings, natural disasters or accidents with numerous casualties have caused many to wonder how they would, or should, respond if a traumatic event occurred in one’s own community. As specialists in the field of death, dying and bereavement you may have felt an increased obligation to be prepared and able to respond. Yet perhaps you wonder “Wh...
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Revisiting Loss and Restoration

About the Webinar Loss of a loved one is a uniquely challenging experience that closes a chapter in our lives. To move forward we must adapt to the loss and restore our capacity for finding purpose and meaning as well as joy and satisfaction in life. Grief therapists can be most effective when they foster adaptation. This webinar revisits the Dual Process Model of loss and restoration and...
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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 ...
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Secrets at the End of Life

About the Webinar The belief that revealing one’s secrets to a trusted confidant is good for the soul and psyche can be found throughout history, from the Confession of Souls to Freud’s pursuit of the pathogenic secret. Most counselors have witnessed how a client’s disclosure of troubling personal information can often be a turning point in therapy, a moment demarcating a shift from sha...
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Secrets in Grief Counseling and End-of-Life Care

About the Webinar Working with people facing grief, loss, and life-threatening illness ushers us into a world of secrets in which our responses to the emotional cutoffs, hidden grief, self-blame, unfinished business, infidelities, trauma, and serious illnesses of our clients can be turning points in counseling and in the healing process. In this seminar we will look at secrets in clinical...
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Speaking Metaphorically: Metaphors in Grief Counseling and Therapy

About the Webinar Grieving people commonly use metaphors to describe their experience. Metaphors can reveal deeper meanings and nuances of grief that grievers cannot otherwise express. It is important for would-be helpers to pay attention to the particular metaphors a grieving person chooses. Metaphors can provide valuable information for both assessment and intervention. In this webinar, a m...
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Spirituality Unplugged: Assessing and Empowering Clients' Spirituality

About the Webinar This webinar teaches participants ways both to understand a client’s spirituality as well as ways that they can empower clients to effectively utilize their spiritual strengths in coping with illness, loss and grief. The webinar offers a hands-on approach to techniques such as spiritual autobiography, planning and developing rituals, and assisting clients to utilize other...
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Suicide Risk Assessment When Bereavement is the Presenting Problem

About the Webinar The presence of suicidal ideation and impulses are always a concern for clinicians, yet such feelings are not uncommon in bereaved individuals. Therefore, assessing the risk of suicide, and deciding on an appropriate clinical response to a bereaved person expressing such thoughts, presents a unique challenge for grief therapists. This presentation will identify some of the c...
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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 p...
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Teaching That Matters: Death Education & Interdisciplinarity

As death educators, thanatologists have long recognized the importance of interdisciplinarity. Acknowledging the value of this approach does not ensure the ability to be interdisciplinary. This symposium will explore several key issues of interdisciplinarity in death education from the perspective of four academics from diverse educational backgrounds. The panelists will consider what is meant b...
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Teen Sibling Loss: Tools for Growth, Integration and Healing

Bereaved teens often feel disenfranchised and struggle with identity issues. They ask "Who am I now that my sibling is dead?" Presenters will discuss the adolescent's bereavement process and identify common themes that are often expressed through grieving siblings' stories. This grief to personal growth conceptualization of sibling bereavement may facilitate more directive and meaningful underst...
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The ABC's of Bringing Bereavement Camps to Your Community

About the Webinar We all know the challenges of grief and loss! However knowing how to support those who don't adjust through known modalities is a problem. Bereavement camps have proven, for many, to be that special support that allows them to gain assimilation of their loss. This webinar addresses the successful use of grief camps and therapeutic recreation as tools for supporting the ...
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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 aroun...
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The Challenge of Caring: On Compassion Fatigue, Resilience and Healing

Working with people facing grief, trauma, and life-threatening illness poses critical challenges for the dedicated and highly empathic health professionals who seek to assist them. Extreme levels of distress in patients and families can produce secondary traumatization and burnout in these helpers. Extensive research now documents how these predictable consequences of clinical work with distress...
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The Death Café Movement: Engaging the Community with Conversations about Death

About the Webinar A Death Café is a pop-up event where strangers get together to talk about death and have tea and delicious cake. This event creates a safe place for people to talk with others about the taboo topic of death. Cafés mortels were originally conceived by Swiss sociologist and thanatologist Bernard Crettaz in 2004 with the intention to “put in a public space the personal expe...
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The DSM Exclusion Criterion Explained, Processed, and Problem-Solved

This webinar will examine: The controversy of whether to remove from the DSM-V the ban on diagnosing depression within the first two months of bereavement. The anticipated consequences should the ban (called “the exclusion criterion”) be lifted. The important realities that face clinicians who work with bereaved clients. The first part of the webinar will review the different pos...
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The Funeral as Social Stabilizer

Death rituals, present in virtually all societies, change very slowly, with many ritual components dating back centuries and even millennia. Death rituals allow both the immediate family and the social community to each express its stories of the deceased's life. With a push toward personalization in western funerals, it is possible to risk losing the social-stabilizing effects of predictable so...
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The Grieving College Student

The Grieving College Student will examine the prevalence of bereavement among college students, bereavement’s impact on a college student, what bereaved college students need, and suggestions about constructive steps to make the college environment more responsive to its bereaved students. The webinar is designed primarily for professionals in positions to help bereaved students, but the webin...
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The Impact of Medicine on Dying in America

With the advent of the scientific method, it was felt that all human problems could be solved with the application of science. In medicine, this meant that physicians came to see illness as something to be conquered and death as an event to be avoided. As death came to be conceived as failure by the medical community, especially in America, anything that might be used to delay, redirect or eve...
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The Impact of our Fear of and Fascination with Death on our Children

Why is it that stories of death, dying, and grief in our entertainment draw such a large audience and why are we silent on the subject when death hits close to home and our children? This presentation provides an overview of death, dying, and grief in various modes of entertainment in our current society. He discusses the impact our silence on the subject might have on our children and ideas abo...
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The Internal Worlds of Grieving Families

Grief is a family affair. When a family member dies, most if not all of what goes on inside the family changes. There is an empty place at the table and an empty space on the family tree. Someone other than Grandpa must carve the Thanksgiving turkey. Someone other than Grandma must keep track of family birthdays. Family structure is changed, and patterns of behavior must morph. Coalitions and al...
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The Psychology of Death and Dying in Later Life: Promoting a Good Death

About the Webinar This webinar examines specific environmental and social matters that influence expectations regarding aging, the prospects of mortality, dying, and a good death as we enter the last decades of life. The webinar progresses in three parts. First, we appraise the secular, technological influences on contemporary understanding and experiences of death and dying. Then attention i...
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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 th...
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The Shame of Death, Grief and Trauma

This presentation will show the significance of shame in grief and trauma. Shame co-occurs with other features of grief, as in shame associated separation anxiety, shame at grief vulnerabilities, such as perceived weakness or failure related to the loss, helplessness, loss of control anxiety, shame at being self-absorbed in grief, etc. Each and every way that loss may be typologized has characte...
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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. I...
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The Top 10 Mistakes Made in Treating the Bereaved: What They Are and How to Avoid Them

About the Webinar As the knowledge base of thanatology expands through integration with other social and physical sciences, there is much that directly impacts our clinical work with the bereaved. The purpose of this practice-oriented workshop is to draw upon clinical and empirical literatures, along with the presenter’s decades of professional experience, to identify what she perceives as t...
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The Trauma Dialogues: Facilitating an Empowered Voice for Homicide-loss Survivors

Violent death is strange territory for any family, as few can envision such a catastrophe striking. Along with the tasks of intense grief and mourning, surviving family members must also wrestle with a host of distressful trauma-spun symptoms that can undermine everyday life-functioning (Rothschild, 2000). Few, if any, are ever prepared to understand and cope with the onslaught of these experien...
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The Two-Track Model of Bereavement: A Contemporary Look at Theory, Research and Practice;

Living in the present, looking to the future, and maintaining bonds with the relationships of the past--relationships shape who we are and influence who we become. The loss of a close family member has the potential to be a catalytic and/or cataclysmic, life-changing event. The early formulations of the Two-Track Model of Bereavement (Rubin, 1981, 1984, 1999) sought to clarify and chart a pat...
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The Whole Town Grieves: When Loss Affects an Entire Community

Whether through a mass shooting, a popular student’s death in a car crash, a soldier killed in action, or a celebrated entertainer’s death, grief is not just experienced by individuals and families. Loss is experienced acutely in entire communities. Hundreds or thousands of people line the streets and fill arenas to honor the life of a person who is often remembered as “larger than life....
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Therapeutic Presence: Training Peer Helpers Through a Relational Lens

Peer helpers and volunteers commonly provide support to the bereaved. Training and supervision is essential to ensure adequate support of these caregivers and the quality of services they provide. The notion of presence as a therapeutic construct involves more than good intention and active listening. It requires a deep dwelling within the helping relationship as a vessel of healing. How can we ...
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Treating Anxiety in Bereavement: What All Grief Counselors Need to Know

About the Webinar Research suggests that anxiety is the preeminent emotion in acute grief, as well as a primary indicator of complicated mourning. Despite this, many grief counselors fail to appreciate the importance of anxiety and tend to focus relatively more attention on other emotions, such as depression, anger, and guilt. This is unfortunate, since anxiety after a loved one’s loss is o...
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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 Di...
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Trust-Building Among African-Americans in End of Life Care

Barriers to trust and quality in end of life care are numerous among marginalized populations. Cultural mistrust, related to factors such as privilege, power, and discrimination has been associated with significant costs for African Americans, including patient dissatisfaction (Moore, Hamilton, Pierre-Louis, & Jennings, 2013) and delayed and underutilized health and end of life care services. T...
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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 ...
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Understanding New Research with Practical Ways to Incorporate it Into Your Practice

As a clinician, I am most interested in research that guides, but does not prescribe, good practice. Research that matters to me helps me make sense of what experience has shown me and opens my eyes to new ways of navigating clinical impasses. If there is new information that has implications for how I work and my ability to help my clients, I want to have it. –P. Kosminsky This webinar...
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Understanding Sibling Loss: What Every Counselor Needs to Know

About the Webinar This webinar presents an overview of the salient issues related to sibling loss and its impact on bereaved siblings and their families. The presenters will address techniques for helping bereaved siblings cope and develop skills and strategies for healing — and eventually thriving — after sibling loss. Principles and practices will be explored with a focus on special con...
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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...
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Use of Mindful Awareness in Loss and Grief

About the Webinar: Much of the focus in clinical work is upon using the therapeutic process to bring about a “change” in order to find personal happiness and fulfilment. However, the regular occurrence of grief and loss in everyday life brings forward the stark reality that suffering and grief are a normal, albeit painful part of living. In this webinar, we will discuss how the principle...
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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 t...
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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 dyna...
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Walking With Them: Spiritual Care at End of Life with Pediatric Patients and Their Families

For many years, publications on pediatric hospice and palliative care programs have called for effective spiritual care for pediatric patients and their families. However, there remains a dearth of written material on how to actually provide hands-on spiritual care to dying children and those who love them most. This webinar will provide an introduction to innovative interventions that work for...
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We Don't Know Death: 7 Assumptions We Make About Dying

Prior experiences with death can lead us to believe that we know what to expect the next time we encounter a dying individual. However, for hospice staff, this “knowing” can lead to inappropriate conclusions. This presentation will explore assumptions professionals often make regarding the dying process. We will review the types of situations in which we may romanticize dying. The presenter ...
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What About Me? Spotting and Addressing Teen Grief

When family tragedies happen, it is usually the adults who get the main attention — fathers and mothers and grandparents. All too often teenage boys and girls are assumed to be able to handle the loss, whatever it was; attention directed to their needs is all too often minimal. Thus it can be said that grieving teens are the forgotten population in the world of grief. In this presentation Ms. ...
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Will You Be My 'Friend'? Digital Encounters and Ethics for Healthcare Professionals and Patients

About the Webinar For healthcare professionals, we may be faced with “friend” requests, twitter followers or “likes” that force us into new, uncharted ethical spaces. This webinar will explore the ethical implications of the “friend” request, including confidentiality and privacy (yours and your patients), dual relationships, boundaries, identity questions and conflict of interests...
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Working in the Light: Building Resilience in the Workplace Stressed by Violence or Trauma

This workshop emphasizes a strength-based action approach to inform practitioners about resilience and to provide strategies to develop and strengthen resilience. A growing body of research suggests that the negative impact of stressful situations is reduced through behavioral strategies to strengthen five core elements of resilience. During the workshop, participants will develop their own indi...
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Working With Children and Grief in Today's World

This session recognizes a multitude of loss and grief issues faced by children in a contemporary world. Through the use of case studies, participants will learn how to use clinical techniques with grieving children. They will gain an awareness of common responses to grief in children, the tasks of grief and the myths associated with grieving children. Learning Objectives: Upon participation...
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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 regar...
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Working With Multiple Losses

When people experience multiple losses from death in a short period of time, they often experience what Kastenbaum calls “Bereavement Overload.” Their grief may seem overwhelming or manifest itself in physical and psychological symptoms' they may become shut down. In this webinar, Dr. Worden will present strategies for helping these grievers jump-start the healing in a way that feels safe a...
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Wounded Warriors: Their Last Battle

Combat soldiers have often seen the worst humankind has to offer. It changes them in fundamental ways, inflicting emotional, spiritual, social and moral injuries that impact them throughout their lifetime, especially as they face death. Some veterans return from war bitter; some return enlightened; all return with lessons the rest of us need to know. This presentation will help you to understand...
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Yoga and Grief: A Unified View of Diversity

About the Webinar Grief reactions and the ways of dealing with them can be as diverse as the individuals experiencing them. Despite cultural differences, we all grieve and are confronted with the finitude of our own life. Ultimately, we realize the impermanence of all existing things, which is a universal truth. As expressed by Swami Satchidananda: truth is one, paths are many. This workshop pr...
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