Walking with Silent Sorrows: Assisting Grieving Clients
Clients sometimes experience the total eclipse of their lives. Grief, loss, and sorrow overwhelm daily existence, and we, their clinicians, are their companions as they travel from the depths of darkness back into shades of subtle light. This all-day workshop will assist participants in the consideration of how clients can emerge from the shadows to find courage, hope, and meaning. The colloquium is comprised of a morning and afternoon session.
Morning presentation 9-12p:
Intensive Care for Grief: Personal and Professional Perspectives on Loss, Grief and Mourning
Presented by: Mark Hundley
Often in our society, loss and grief are almost exclusively associated with death. This presentation will expand that focus to include multiple sources of loss and their heir potential effects on personal functioning. Information from the ACEs Study will help create a context to explore both the effects of personal loss as well as possible interventions to assist in the process of Reconciliation and Integration. Participants will gain an historical understanding of loss in our society by comparing and contrasting various models of the Grief Process and how those models have influenced personal and professional approaches to loss and grief. In order to heal, we must both grieve and mourn. Participants will come away with a deeper understanding of the differentiation between grieving and mourning by exploring the Integration Model of the Mourning Process. Finally, participants will explore therapeutic interventions that have both personal and professional applications.
- Participants will explore historical models of the Grief Process and discuss how those models have influenced personal and professional approaches to loss.
- Participants will examine how loss has affected them personally through reflective exercises that focus on self-awareness and self-care.
- Participants will be able to discuss the parallel yet distinct processes of grieving and mourning and tie them to personal and professional therapeutic interventions.
Afternoon presentation 1-4p:
Reproductive Loss: Facilitating the Grieving Process
Presented by: Michaelene Fredenburg and Sharron St. Pierre
Approximately two million couples experience reproductive loss through miscarriage or abortion every year in the US. Studies indicate that many of these couples silently mourn without the social support necessary to make sense of their loss. As a mental health professional you are in a unique position to identify unresolved grief and to facilitate a healthy grieving process.
- Describe the prevalence of reproductive loss.
- Recognize the emotional meaning and impact of reproductive loss.
- Differentiate disenfranchised grief from typical grief reactions.
- List three therapeutic strategies for amelioration of reproductive grief.
|8:30am||Check in Registration|
|9-12pm||Intensive Care for Grief with Mark Hundley|
|12-1pm||Lunch (provided with registration)|
|1-4pm||Reproductive Loss with Michaelene Fredenburg and Sharron St. Pierre|