Counseling Grief Clients: Practical
Interventions from New Theoretical Insights
Clinicians often struggle to develop an effective
approach to counseling grief clients, due to the uniqueness of each individual's
grief. The last 10-15 years have seen an explosion of new research in the field
and many new studies have turned what we thought we knew on its head. Another
important and very practical issue involves diagnosis, as DSM-5® revisions
affect the most commonly applied diagnoses for grief clients.
Explore this new research, including up-to-date information about appropriate
diagnosis of grief clients in DSM-5®, ideas for how to assess grief severity and
related constructs, and clarification about what is meant by “complicated grief”
with Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Thanatologist, Alissa
Drescher. Review the most commonly used current models for understanding grief
and leave with tools, including 20 interventions, to more confidently assist
clients in navigating the adaptive, yet confusing and difficult, grief process.
The seminar will end with a focus on self-care, discussing how to appropriately
manage and care for ourselves in this demanding, yet fulfilling, work.
- Articulate current models for conceptualizing
- Identify five predictors of grief severity
- Apply a basic, adaptable approach to grief
- Demonstrate three new interventions to use
with bereaved clients
- Determine when grief has become “complicated”
and outline a suitable treatment strategy
- Diagnose grief clients appropriately using
- Recognize the importance of self-awareness and
self-care for grief counselors
Linda L. Blackburn, MSW, LCSW has over 25
years of experience in the behavioral health field as a private practitioner, a
hospital-based mental health care provider, and an adjunct professor in The
Department of Social Work at Shaw University in Raleigh. She is the former
Director for the Office of Aging in Hertford County, North Carolina where she
worked with geriatric clientele. She also has experience with children and
parents through her position as a Family Case Manager in a family/child outreach
program in Ahoskie, North Carolina. As a former Registered Nurse in psychiatric
nursing and now a LCSW in private practice, Ms. Blackburn views grief/loss as a
substrate to many mental health disorders seen in working with clients. Her
focus has been on differentiating grief from pre-existing mental health
conditions as well as death vs. non-death losses while utilizing evidenced based
research for diagnosis and treatment strategies. For over a decade, Ms.
Blackburn has been training professionals around the country on grief,
bereavement and loss related therapy.
Financial - Receives a speaking honorarium from Vyne Education.
Nonfinancial – No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.
Joy R. Samuels, D.MIN., LPC-MHSP, NCC is a
Fellow in Thanatology ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
She teaches in the graduate Clinical Mental Health Psychology Department at
Lipscomb University and at Candler School of Theology at Emory University. She
maintains a private counseling practice and supervises those seeking licensure
as LPC-MHSP. Joy has over 25 years’ experience as a licensed professional
counselor, chaplain and ordained minister.
Dr. Samuels holds D. MIN. and MDIV. degrees from Wesley Theological Seminary,
Washington, DC. Additionally, she holds a M.S. degree in Counseling Psychology
from California State University, Northridge, California; a Counseling
Certificate in Substance Abuse from the Northern Virginia Community College,
Annadale, Virginia; and a B.A. in English Literature, from Abilene Christian
University in Abilene, Texas. Among her areas of expertise are: individual,
couples and family counseling, trauma and bereavement and post-masters
Financial – Receives a speaking honorarium from Vyne Education.
Nonfinancial – No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.
ALISSA DRESCHER, MA, LPC is a Certified
Thanatologist who holds a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy with a
focus in Play Therapy from Southern Nazarene University, She began working in
the field of bereavement services in 2006 offering encouragement to bereaved
parents. Alissa counsels both grieving children and adults in individual and
group settings. Beginning in 2010, she has also worked at The Tristesse Grief
Center in Tulsa, OK as Senior Program Director, overseeing a variety of
programming including the Healing Hearts Camp, Oklahoma's first overnight camp
for grieving children and teens. Alissa was an adjunct professor at Southern
Nazarene University in Tulsa, OK teaching several undergraduate counseling
courses including Death, Grief and Loss. She is a sought after guest speaker
addressing topics related to grief and mourning and is known for her creative
and interactive teaching style. Alissa is passionate about increasing awareness
related to childhood bereavement. She is a member of the Association of Death
Education and Counseling and the National Alliance for Grieving Children. She
now resides in Nashville, TN with her husband and three children.
Financial - Receives a speaking honorarium from Cross Country Education.
Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.
"Alissa is engaging and personable. Her trainings
are organized and informative. I always leave with a wealth of practical
information that I can immediately apply in my practice."
-Jennifer Giles, LPC
"Alissa uses an interactive teaching style that draws the audience in and allows
them to leave with hands-on activities that they can actually use."
-Joanna Majka, LPC
"Alissa is a warm and inviting speaker. Her professional enthusiasm and
intellectual passion is inspiring! Alissa's trainings are informative and
directly applicable to my practice with clients."
-Sarah Reinhardt, LPC-C
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Marriage and Family Therapists
Chaplains and Pastoral Counselors
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners
Mental Health Nurses
Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors
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Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors
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attendance is required to receive credit, variable credit for partial attendance
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of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists through the
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number 195). This course is offered for 6 clock hours.
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SEMINAR CLASS TIME:
Seminar Check-in: 7:30 AM Seminar Class 8:00 AM -