What’s Your Grief offers online and in-person 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.
Our Continuing Education live online workshops (CEUs) 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.
Snapshot of our Grief and Loss CEU Calendar:
See below for additional details. The following are all 3 hour, 3 CE trainings.
- Grief 101: A Foundation for Professionals – February 19
- Supporting Grieving Children – March 16
- Grief Support for Addiction and Overdose Losses – April 14
- Understanding the Grief of Traumatic Loss – June 15
- Beyond the 5 Stages – Understanding Modern Grief Theory – July 15
Grief 101: A Foundation for Professionals
February 19, 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 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 for understanding and supporting those in grief.
This session will provide clinicians a strong foundation for understanding grief. Using modern grief theory and research, this session will help participants to understand the most current conceptualizations of how individuals grieve, relevant types of grief, styles of grievers, and common cognitive, emotional, behavioral, and spiritual experiences faced by grievers.
- 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.
Supporting Grieving Children
March 16, 2021
1pm-4:15 pm EST
An estimated 1 in 14, or 5.2 million, children in the U.S. will experience the death of a parent or sibling before they reach the age of 18. And yet many school counselors, parents, caregivers, social workers, and therapists struggle trying to understand how grief manifests in children and how best to support them.
This workshop provides a foundation for childhood bereavement and tools for supporting grieving children. It will provide a framework for grief and developmental age, guidelines for talking to children about death and grief, tools and creative activities for helping kids with grief emotions, and activities for remembrance and continuing bonds.
This workshop is appropriate for anyone wanting to learn more about supporting grieving children including teachers, school counselors, therapists, social workers, volunteers, and caregivers.
- Identify expected grief response of children at each age/developmental stage, while considering the need for flexibility in applying these expectations.
- Assess the unique needs of grieving children, with focus on how clinicians can meet these needs directly, as well as how they can assist caregivers, teachers, mentors, and other adults to create a community of support for grieving children.
- Apply interventions for children who are grieving in normal and non-problem ways, as well as identify appropriate resources, referrals, and interventions for children who need more intensive grief support.
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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.