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 discusses some revisions to this model. We will fit revised concepts of loss and restoration to a f...
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Active Listening: Strategies and Techniques in Work with Children

Active Listening: Strategies and Techniques in Work with Children is a 3-hour online continuing education (CE/CEU) course that offers a valuable compilation of practical and ready-to-use strategies and techniques for achieving more effective communication through active listening. One of the fundamental tools of clinicians who work effectively with children and adolescents is the art of listening. Without this set of skills, clinicians are likely to miss essential pieces of information their c...
Professional Development Resources

Two Empirically Based Models for the Treatment of Complex Trauma in Adolescents: Central Components and Cultural Adaptations

This pre-meeting institute will describe two empirically based treatments (EBTs) developed to treat the immediate and long-term impacts of complex trauma, and will describe cultural adaptations that optimize their effectiveness with socio-culturally marginalized youth. Complex trauma, often involving repeated exposure to multiple forms of childhood abuse, neighborhood violence, and peer assaults, frequently in the context of parental neglect and racial/cultural discrimination, is especially co...
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Integrating Expert Knowledge About Traumatic Stress Into Statistical Models Assessing Individual Change Over Time by Using Bayesian Statistics

In statistics, tools have been developed to estimate the existence of latent trajectories, where individuals belong to trajectories that are unobserved, can be evaluated: Latent Growth Mixture Modeling (LGMM). Researchers typically have specific expectations about the outcomes of their study, in case of LGMM, these expectations might be concerned with the number and shape of latent trajectories. For example, most empirical evidence points to four distinct trajectories of PTSD patterns labeled ...
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

How to Treat Concurrent PTSD in Patients with Borderline Personality Disorder: Principles and Evaluation of DBT-PTSD

Approximately 60% of treated patients with borderline personality (BPD) disorders suffer from severe co-occurring posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), mostly related to sexual abuse during childhood. Even successful standard dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) requires additional treatment with these clients. In cooperation with M. Linehan at the Central Institute of Mental Health, Mannheim, a three-month residential treatment program has been developed. It is based on the principles and rules...
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Genomic Regulation by Early Life Experience: Epigenetics and Psychopathology

The early-life environment has important consequences on behavioral development, and specifically, adversity experienced during early life is associated with increased risk for psychopathology in adulthood. Only until recently have we started to uncover some of the mechanisms accounting for the behavioral changes induced by early-life adversity. The epigenome is responsive to the environment and indeed, landmark studies in rodents have described variations in early-life environment that stably...
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Functional Neuroimaging of Neural Circuits in PTSD: From Hyperactive Amygdala to Altered Contextual Processing

The brain mechanisms that lie at the core of PTSD are not yet understood, and may perpetuate or sustain this disorder. Over the past decades, functional neuroimaging studies uncovered a complex network of brain regions involved in PTSD, progressively improving our understanding of the PTSD pathophysiology. The evolution of functional neuroimaging studies from early studies of responses to emotional probes to recent multi-day studies of fear associated learning, and of intrinsic connectivity ne...
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Finding Feeling: Treating Traumatic Dissociation

Trauma is a both a physical and psychological disruption, a discontinuity in experience. The helplessness associated with it challenges a person’s sense of agency and therefore their customary control over mind and body. Dissociative disorders constitute a failure of integration of identity, memory, or consciousness, andmost often occur in the aftermath of trauma. A Dissociative Subtype has been added to the diagnosis of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder the DSM-5. This requires all of the DSM-...
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Trauma: Finding Life Beyond the Pain

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a principle-based behavioral intervention designed to address human suffering in a mindful and compassionate way. Many individuals who have experienced a trauma suffer due to painful memories, feelings and thoughts related to their traumatic experience. Avoidance or control of these private experiences is often seen as a solution to suffering. This kind of control, however, can lead to further difficulty in returning to valued activities in life. One...
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and the Treatment of Trauma-Related Problems

Description Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT; Linehan, 1993) is a comprehensive, cognitive-behavioral treatment with strong empirical support for the treatment of suicidal and self-injurious behaviors, particularly among individuals meeting criteria for borderline personality disorder (BPD). Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a common co-occurring diagnosis in this client population and often maintains or exacerbates many of the high-risk and severe problems exhibited by clients receivi...
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Domestic Violence Update

This course defines domestic violence as family violence, and further differentiates the categories of intimate partner violence, child abuse and neglect, and elder & dependent adult abuse, mistreatment and neglect. The dynamics of domestic violence are presented using Pence and Paymer’s power and control wheel as a guiding explanatory model.1 Common forms of domestic violence are described and categorized and their effects within the family are reviewed. The core content within this course ...
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Gender Identity and Transgenderism

Gender Identity and Transgenderism is a 3-hour online continuing education (CE) course that reviews issues in the formation of gender identity and the possible resultant condition of transgenderism, formerly transsexuality. After viewing oneself as a human being, the most important aspect of our self-concept is that we are a male person or a female person. That is the very essence of our humanness and the most basic sense of who we are. To experience a conflict between our physical body and ou...
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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 their response to the process of grief therapy. This webinar will focus on the lens of attachment the...
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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 practice and identify counseling strategies that can bring the dialectic of concealment and disclos...
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Behavioral Strategies for Weight Loss

Behavioral Strategies for Weight Loss is a 2-hour online continuing education (CE) course that exposes the many thought errors that confound the problem of weight loss and demonstrates how when we use behavioral strategies – known as commitment devices - we change the game of weight loss. While obesity is arguable the largest health problem our nation faces today, it is not a problem that is exclusive to those who suffer weight gain. For therapists and counselors who work with those who w...
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BoardVitals Addiction Medicine Board Review Question Bank

The BoardVitals Addiction Medicine Board Review Question Bank offers over 800 Addiction Medicine Certification Review / Addiction Board Review questions. The exams cover recognition, intervention, and treatment of addiction. This question bank specifically covers the topics published by the ABAM and ABPN for Addiction Medicine Certification. The BoardVitals Addiction Medicine Board Review Question Bank features: • Timed Mode • Statistical Comparison to Other Addiction Medicine Test Take...
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Psychiatry for The Primary Care Physician: The Oakstone Institute Clinical Review

Psychiatry for The Primary Care Physician prepares clinicians to better assess and treat patients with a wide variety of psychiatric disorders. Topics covered in Psychiatry for The Primary Care Physician include: Substance Abuse, Depressive Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Neurocognitive Disorders, Geriatric Psychiatry, Schizophrenia, Sexual Dysfunctions, Sleep Wake Disorders and many others. After viewing Psychiatry for The Primary Care Physician, you will be better able to: • Outline evid...
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Dysphagia: The Team Approach to Best Practice

Dysphagia: The Team Approach to Best Practice is a 1-hour online continuing education (CE) course that focuses on the interdisciplinary team approach to identifying, treating and managing dysphagia. Dysphagia is a wide spread problem in the elderly, with many going untreated. Older adults are at an increased risk due to having many factors that lead to swallowing difficulties. Some of these are a diagnosis of stroke, dementia, pneumonia and Parkinson’s disease. Many have generalized weakn...
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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 professional reading, attending seminars, and talking with colleagues about cases and new "best practices....
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Cannabis and PTSD: Existing Evidence and Clinical Considerations

Description Dr. Bonn-Miller will provide an overview of cannabis, including associated consequences and benefits stemming from its use. He will then summarize epidemiological data, particularly from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), related to recent and emerging trends in cannabis use/disorders, including among veterans with PTSD. Limitations of epidemiological tracking will be discussed and methods for improving cannabis use/disorder identification will be provided. Following, Dr. Bo...
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

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 around their ways of coping and the ways they are able to access and utilize meaningful support. ...
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E-Therapy: Ethics & Best Practices

E-Therapy: Ethics & Best Practices is a 3-hour online continuing education (CE) course that examines the advantages, risks, technical issues, legalities and ethics of providing therapy online. E-therapy can be used to address age-old problems, such as how to reach out to those who might not otherwise avail themselves of psychotherapy services even though they are in acute need. At the same time, it is clear that many providers have embraced the new technologies without a firm grasp on the new ...
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Life After Trauma: Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to Revitalize Interrupted Lives

Description The concept of emotional avoidance offers organization to the functional analysis of trauma-related problems and lends coherence to understanding the sequalae of trauma (Walser & Hayes, 2006). Many individuals who have been diagnosed with PTSD are struggling with traumatic memories, painful feelings and unwanted thoughts and they take great efforts to avoid these private experiences. The avoidance or control of private negatively evaluated internal experience, understandably, ofte...
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

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 the most prevalent and problematic mistakes that occur in treatment of bereaved persons. The focus i...
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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 gratifying and has the potential to be of lifelong benefit for the bereaved. Unique features of gri...
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Therapy Tidbits - March/April 2016

This course is comprised of select articles from the March/April 2016 issue of The National Psychologist, a private, independent bi-monthly newspaper intended to keep psychologists (and other mental health professionals) informed about practice issues. The articles included in this course are: Depression Screenings Urged During and After Pregnancy, ACA Constantly Changing, Social Media and Ethics: Self-Reflection in Context of Technology, RxP Battle May Not Be Worth the Cost, Psychologists Mus...
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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 to provide an evidence-based analysis of how mental health service providers may unintentionally inte...
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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 will share how dying individuals can surprise us and act in ways that we might not have anticipated....
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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. Preliminary results from an open trial of MCGT designed to further refine the intervention and to assess ...
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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 alliances between and among family members are disturbed causing some members to experience more pain ...
The Association for Death Education and Counseling

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 ...
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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 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...
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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 healthy coping. This presentation will present a synopsis of these findings and their implication on ...
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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 presentation rebuts misrepresentations of courses on Death and Dying. Learning Objectives: ...
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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 around the world, and making films about the tens of thousands of deaths that occur every year because of...
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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 be the first public presentation of the result of this two-year effort. We summarize evidence for t...
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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 these ancient practices can cultivate post-traumatic growth and even improve physical and emotional...
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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 backdrop for a discussion of grief, maternal activism and civil rights. Participants will be asked to ex...
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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 East meets West. This presentation will outline the changing rituals in death and bereavement practice ...
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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 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...
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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 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...
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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. Since then, programs and centers have multiplied; support groups for motherless women have started a...
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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 case studies. In particular, use of music, creative writing, the visual arts and improvisational theat...
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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 patterns or styles of grief, emphasizing that each of these pattern has their own distinct advantages and...
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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 resources such as the supportive relationships with others. Some clients may need help with interpersonal s...
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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 is essential that we who provide help to others widen our understanding of the parameters of our sorr...
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