In recent years our understanding of how people heal from the loss of a significant person in their lives has shifted away from staged based models to a more nuanced, more individual view of how healing unfolds, and what it means. This workshop focuses on what helping professionals need to know about our evolving understanding of grief, about the emergence of various categories of complicated, or prolonged grief, and about how to help people who are grieving.
Many people who seek mental health services – and many who don’t – suffer from the ongoing effects of significant loss. Unrecognized and untreated grief is often at the heart of depression, low self esteem, relationship conflicts and a range of other problems. While most people experience sadness, anger and other powerful emotions when they suffer a loss, a substantial percentage of people continue to experience functional impairment. While supportive services may be helpful to many grievers, for these individuals it may well be the difference between their withdrawing from life and gradually returning to it.
Phyllis’s approach is practical, relational, and resource based. Her goal is to equip therapists – those whose work is largely involved with death and dying, and those who deal with more general mental health concerns – to recognize and address the needs of people with intense, prolonged grief.
This Web Conference is designed to help clinicians:
1) Understand how complicated grief differs from normal grief in diagnostic terms;
2) Recognize the signs of complicated, prolonged grief in clients;
3) Use a resource based strategy to help clients adapt to loss.
If you have any questions about this Web Conference, or would like more information, please contact us here.
Phyllis Kosminsky, PhD, FT
Practitioner, instructor, and author Phyllis Kosminsky has over 15 years of specialized work with bereaved children, adults, and families. A dynamic workshop leader, Dr. Kosminsky has presented trainings throughout North America. In addition to her book, Getting Back to Life When Grief Won’t Heal, Dr. Kosminsky has published book chapters on bereavement in brain injured individuals, adolescent bereavement, applications of EMDR in bereavement care, and other topics related to grief. She is a member of the board of the Association for Death Education and Counseling and a Fellow in Thanatology. For more information about Dr. Kosminsky and her work, please visit her website: www.phylliskosminsky.com
1.5 CE credits will be provided by GoodTherapy.org for attending this Web Conference in its entirety. GoodTherapy.org is approved as a continuing education provider by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) and the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS). GoodTherapy.org is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
In short, participants will be able to listen to the event by calling in to our teleconference center. Prior to the event, all participants will be sent an email with instructions on how to login to the teleconference center. This event will include lecture and question and answer periods.
This Web Conference is available for free to GoodTherapy.org Members.
This event has already taken place. An audio recording for this event may be available in the Member's Area.