Grief Continuing Education Workshops

What’s Your Grief offers online grief training, workshops, and webinars for grieving people and grief support professionals. Using an accessible approach and a combination of practical and creative tools, we strive to help participants apply theories, tools, and techniques related to grief, loss, and other behavioral sciences to their lives and to the lives of those they serve.

The team at What’s Your Grief have each been working in grief and loss for over twelve years in Baltimore, MD. Our online grief support and learning communities is one of the largest online, accessed by over 5 million grievers and mental health professionals each year. With specific expertise in traumatic and unexpected loss alongside experience in teaching and training, WYG is committed to providing grief education that goes well beyond the outdated and generalized learning that so many clinicians received in their graduate programs. We pride ourselves on workshops that are informed by the most up-to-date grief research and theory and that provide concrete applications to practice.

Our Continuing Education live, online workshops are developed for social workers, counselors, and psychologists (with approval from the American Psychological Association, in addition to state board approvals that have reciprocity covering the majority of social workers). But as big believers that ALL people can benefit from grief education, they are open to anyone and offer a discounted registration if you don’t require CEUs. Click on the registration links below for details and to register.


Snapshot of our Grief and Loss CEU Calendar:

See below for additional details. The following are all 3 hour, 3 CE trainings with registration open. Cost is $50 with CEUs, $30 if you do not require CEU credit.

Registration opening soon for:

  • Grief for Addiction and Recovery: August 17th
  • Grief Therapy Techniques: September 21st
  • Ethical Considerations for Providing Grief Support While Coping with Personal Loss: October 6th

Grief Support for Addiction and Overdose Losses

April 14, 2021
1pm-4:15 pm EST

Grief is the normal and natural reaction to any significant loss, whether that is a bereavement loss or a non-death loss.

This session will assist participants in understanding the unique aspects of grieving while experiencing addiction within the family. We will explore unique challenges and concepts related to this specific type of grief, with particular emphasis on ambiguous grief (i.e. grieving someone who is alive)

This session will also explore in-depth specific considerations related to grieving a substance-related death. Including common emotions, reactions, and interpersonal struggles. We will also introduce basic tools and interventions for supporting individuals experiencing these types of losses.

This workshop is appropriate for anyone wishing to learn more about how addiction relates to grief, as well as specific considerations for people grieving a substance-related death.

Learning Objectives

  • Define grief and explore the impact of grief both before and after a death to overdose or other substance-related cause.
  • Identify key indicators of ambiguous grief and introduce therapeutic and psychoeducational interventions to ease the stress of ambiguous loss for families with loved one(s) with substance use disorders.
  • Articulate common modern grief theories in contrast to the traditional stage mode of grief and their applications in cases of addiction and overdose.
  • Describe the unique aspects of the disenfranchised grief experience of family members and friends who have lost a loved one to addiction.
  • Apply evidence-informed principles of grief support to family members of those experiencing grief following a substance use death.

Continuing Bonds and Attachment in Grief

May 26, 2021
1pm-4:15pm EST

In the late 1990s grief theory and research saw a significant paradigm shift, moving away from the early “grief work”, stage-based models. Continuing Bonds theory emerged during this era, normalizing the ongoing relationships that individuals often maintain with deceased loved ones. In the years since the emergence of this theory, researchers and clinicians have examined the relationship between attachment theory and continuing bonds. Though continuing bonds theory is one of the most widely accepted and applied models among grief therapists and counselors, many clinicians who do not specialize  in grief have limited knowledge of continuing bonds theory and its applications. This session will provide a strong foundation in continuing bonds theory and attachment theory as it relates to grief and loss.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the principles of continuing bonds theory, the relevant research, and its relationship to other grief theories.
  • Identify the significant paradigm shift introduced through continuing bonds theory.
  • Apply attachment theory and John Bowlby’s grief theory on bereavement and continuing bonds theory.
  • Discuss and apply concrete tools and activities for assisting grievers in applying a continuing bonds approach to their grief.

Understanding the Grief of Traumatic Loss

June 15, 2021
1pm-4:15 pm EST

When someone experiences a traumatic death, their challenges become two-fold. One, they must cope with the trauma, and two, they have to deal with their grief.

Understandably, it is not uncommon for people who’ve experienced a traumatic death to experience significantly more intense, pervasive, and prolonged symptoms.

This live, online training will provide clinicians a framework for understanding the grief of traumatic loss, specifically exploring the relationship between acute stress, trauma, and grief.

The session will identify the impact of trauma responses on bereavement and appropriate intervention. Building on the shattered assumptions theory of trauma and post-traumatic growth research, clinicians will learn practice approaches to support clients who have experienced traumatic losses and indications that referral for trauma treatment is appropriate. 

Learning Objectives

  • Describe common and unique patterns of stress and trauma response in both anticipated and unanticipated deaths.
  • Identify intersections of and disjunctions between grief responses and trauma responses, including the impact of trauma responses on the on the bereavement process.
  • Describe five dimensions of posttraumatic growth (PTG) and present a model for understanding how traumatic loss can eventually lead PTG.
  • Provide evidence-informed practice approaches to supporting the positive personal change following traumatic loss, including changes in role and identity, new ways of relating, existential or spiritual beliefs, and the purpose and meaning-making.

Beyond the Five Stages: Understanding & Applying Modern Grief Theory

July 15, 2021
1pm-4:15 pm EST

The landscape of modern grief theory has changed significantly over the last 50 years. However, despite this evolution, many clinicians are only familiar with the stage-based models that were the early foundations of grief theory.

In the workshop Beyond the Five Stages: Understanding and Applying Modern Grief Theory, we will explore the most prominent grief theories to have emerged from the fields of psychology and thanatology.

Beginning with Freud and working through the significant paradigm shift in grief theory that took place in the late 1990s and early 2000s, this program will introduce applications of the most current evidenced-based models of grief to clinical practice.

This workshop is appropriate for anyone wishing to learn more about grief theory and related concepts.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the development of grief work models of bereavement and appraise their impact on the social and cultural normative expectations of “normal” and “pathological” grief.
  • Review and interpret the paradigm shift that allowed for the emergence of modern grief theory in the last twenty years, fundamentally shifting the clinical understanding of adaptive grief and goals of grief therapy.
  • Consider appropriate applications of grief theory in their practice setting, including the benefits and limitations of utilizing psycho-education with clients.

Testimonials:

I have been working in grief and bereavement for over thirty years and can honestly say this was the best continuing education session I have ever attended. -Lynn, Clinical Social Worker

As a clinical supervisor for both therapists and interns, I have now made all of your continuing education webinars required for all our new staff and interns. I sought out grief education for our team and participated in many live and self-paced options through many of the ‘big’ CE providers. None provided a fraction of the insight, research, or relevance as those provided by What’s Your Grief. Your clinical experience and engaging presentation style, coupled with a tremendous knowledge of the field, make for a great session every time. Thank you -David, Social Worker

Incredible training. I came into this thinking I was here to learn for my clients but came out with so much more understanding of my own grief. I am a bit embarrassed to say that for many years I have listed ‘grief’ as one of the issues I help clients with. This workshop highlighted how little I knew about supporting people in grief and how outdated my ideas were. I now feel much better equipped to help clients and to understand my own experiences. The three hours flew by. This session completed my CE hour requirements for the year, but I will still be signing up for several of your upcoming sessions.Susan, Psychologist


Other Educational Offerings

Webinars for Grieving People:

In addition to our professional training, we also offer shorter webinars programs. Our general webinars are developed for those who are grieving, but all are welcome. You can view our upcoming grief webinars at this link.

Online Courses for Grieving People and Professionals:

WYG offers online courses and webinars on a wide range of topics related to grief, grief support, and coping. You can read more about our online grief courses at this link.