Exploring "Complicated" Mourning: Sudden Death and Trauma Loss

Conference Summary:

This informative seminar will help members of the caregiving community who want to further develop their knowledge and skills in helping the bereaved. Dr. Alan Wolfelt will explore a variety of subtopics related to understanding and supporting survivors of sudden, unexpected deaths. Specific content areas include: introduction to "complicated" grief, special features of suicide grief, homicide grief, and enhancing understanding of trauma loss.

Conference Speaker:

Alan D. Wolfelt, PhD, CT is a noted author, educator, and grief counselor. Recipient of the Association for Death Education an Counseling's Death Educator Award, he serves as the Director of the Center for Loss and Life Transition (www.centerforloss.com), in Fort Collins, Colorado. He is also a faculty member of the University of Colorado Medical School's Department of Family Medicine.

In addition to presenting dozens of keynotes and workshops across North America each year, Dr. Wolfelt facilitates 4-day training seminars for bereavement caregivers in Fort Collins. Dr. Wolfelt is a popular media resource who regularly provides his expertise to many top-tier television shows, newspapers, and magazines. And, he is the author of more than fifty bestselling books on grief and loss.


Who Should Attend:

This seminar is designed for: Physicians, Nurses, Social Workers, Counselors, Educators, Psychologists, Hospice Personnel, Clergy, Chaplains, Lay Ministers, and others caring for bereaved people. There will be 5 CEUs/CNEs available Registered Nurses, Social Workers, and Licensed Professional Counselors.

Conference Agenda:

8:30am - 9:00am   Registration
9:00am - 9:15am    Welcome, Logistics, Presenter Introduction
9:15am - 9:30am    Sudden violent death
9:30am - 9:45am   Suicide survivorship
9:45am - 10:15am   Multiple loss and bereavement overload
10:15am - 11:00am   Special features of disenfranchised grief
11:00am - 11:15am    Break
11:15am - 12:00pm   The semantic distinction between "complicated" and "pathological" mourning
12:00am - 1:00pm   Lunch
1:00pm - 1:45pm     Comprehensive understanding of "complicated mourning"
1:45pm - 2:15pm     Assessment model for "complicated mourning"
2:15pm - 2:30pm    Break
2:30pm - 3:00pm   Understanding the distinction between counseling and therapy
3:00pm - 3:30pm   Growth-oriented companioning strategies
3:30pm - 4:00pm   Conclusion and Evaluation

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016 from 8:30am - 4:00pm


GVSU Eberhard Center
301 West Fulton Street
Grand Rapids, MI 49504