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 community 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alongside experience in teaching and training, WYG is committed to providing grief education that goes well beyond the outdated and generalized learning that so many clinicians received in their graduate programs.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. 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 CEs. Click on the registration links below for CE details and to register.
Grief 101: A Foundation for Professionals (3 CEs)
There has always been a deep need for therapists, social workers, and counselors to provide grief and bereavement support to clients. And yet the majority of Masters and PhD programs in theses fields do not require coursework in grief and bereavement. 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. This leaves many counselors, social workers, and case managers working with those in grief without a strong foundation…Read more
- Review and interpret the evolution of grief theory and research, with a particular focus on the paradigm shift of the last 25 years that allowed for the emergence of modern grief theory and a significant shift the clinical understanding of adaptive grief and goals of grief support.
- Identify and describe significant types of grief that may be relevant to their practice, including anticipatory grief, ambiguous loss, cumulative loss, disenfranchised grief, and nonfinite loss.
- Recognize common cognitive, emotional, behavioral, and spiritual experiences common to adaptive grief.
- Review common personal and interpersonal stuck points that can prove barriers to adapting after a loss.
Grief Therapy Techniques: A Foundation for Clinicians (3 CEs)
September 21, 2021
There has always been a deep need for therapists, social workers, and counselors to provide grief and bereavement support to clients. And yet the majority of Masters and PhD programs in these fields do not require coursework in grief therapy approaches and techniques. This leaves many clinicians trying to adapt other approaches which, in many cases, are not appropriate or evidence-informed in working with grieving clients. This session will provide clinicians a strong foundation in grief counseling and therapy techniques. It will also provide clinician evaluation tools for assessing whether trauma responses or depression may need to be addressed prior to or in tandem with grief counseling approaches. The workshop presumes a basic understanding of modern grief theories, including Continuing Bonds Theory and the Dual Process Model of Bereavement. Pre-reading will be sent out for those participants unfamiliar with these models.
- Discuss grief counseling and therapy and assessment for determining appropriate interventions.
- Describe the foundational tools to employ the most up to date and evidence-informed grief counseling and therapy techniques.
- Identify specific ‘stuck points’ common in grief and practice tools and interventions appropriate to addresses these challenges.
- Identify intersections of and disjunctions between grief responses and trauma responses, including the impact of trauma responses on the on the bereavement process and on effective grief counseling.
Ethics and Personal Loss, Countertransference, and Self-Disclosure in Grief Support (3 CEs)
October 6, 2021
While historically psychology, counseling, and social work have discouraged self-disclosure, in recent years researchers and clinicians have adopted a far more nuanced approach to the use of self-disclosure. Grief support is an area in which both clients and clinicians cite the anecdotal value of appropriate self-disclosure. Through the lens of professional ethical standards and current research, this workshop will outlines considerations for assessing the clinical value and appropriateness of self-disclosure through examination of context and content. This session meets the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners 3 CE Ethics Requirment.
- Identify at least one ethical principle related to the use of self-disclosure in end-of-life and grief support.
- Identify at least two potential positive clinical impacts of self-disclosure and two potential negative clinical impacts of self-disclosure
- Describe at least three recent research findings regarding self-disclosure and countertransference in grief support.
Ambiguous Grief & Non-Death Loss (3 CEs)
November 16, 2021
Grief is the normal and natural reaction to any significant loss, whether that is a bereavement loss or a non-death loss. From coping with divorce or loss of job to losing a loved on to dementia, incarceration, foster care or addiction, therapists and other professionals are often supporting those dealing with these types of misunderstood grief. In this training, we will review the body of literature around ambiguous loss and non-finite loss, helping clinicians define and identify ambiguous loss, assess the impact on individuals and family systems, understand the nature of the relational stress of these losses, and provide techniques for promoting resilience in circumstances of ambiguous and non-death loss.
- Differentiate other non-death losses, including non-finite loss and chronic sorrow, defining overlapping and distinguishing features.
- Discuss the role and limitations of resilience in ambiguous loss and apply evidence-informed techniques for promoting resilience in circumstances of ambiguous and non-death loss.
- Define the types of ambiguous loss and assess them impact of ambiguous loss stressors on individuals and family systems.
- Identify therapeutic and psychoeducational interventions to ease the stress of ambiguous loss and provide individual, family, and community support for other non-death losses
Continuing Bonds and Attachment in Grief (3 CEs)
December 2, 2021
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.
- 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 (3 CEs)
January 18, 2022
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. Facilitated by the mental health professionals and co-founders of What’s Your Grief, an online grief support community accessed annually by 4 million grievers and mental health professionals seeking grief education and support. www.whatsyourgrief.com
This session is approved for CEs by the American Psychological Association (APA) as well as the NY, TX, and MD state Social Work Boards and the NY Mental Health Counselors board (details below). The majority of states’ social work boards accept one of these approvals but, as always, please consult with your state CE guidelines to confirm approval.
- 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 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.
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.