Litsa Williams and Eleanor Haley, the mental health professionals behind What’s Your Grief, have conducted workshops and trainings for a number of diverse groups including doctors and nurses, families of organ and tissue donors, organ procurement organization staff, grief professionals, and people experiencing homelessness in Baltimore City.
If you are associated with a group or population who might benefit from a grief training or workshop, please see the FAQ below.
All types. You might want to consider a grief workshop if:
- You are a counselor, social worker, or other professional serving a population experiencing grief and loss as a result of:
- Alcoholism and addiction
- Adoption and abortion
- Infertility, Miscarriage and Stillbirth
- Foster Care
- Alienation and Estrangement
- You are in an field of work where you, or those you work with, are often in contact with trauma, death, dying, and the bereaved such as:
- Hospice Workers
- Nurses, Doctors, and other Hospital Staff
- Human Resources and Managers
- Funeral and Burial Workers
- Police Officers
- Medical Researchers
- Journalists, Photojournalists, and News Reporters
- Retirement Home Workers
- Organ and Tissue Donation Workers
- Social Workers
A general grief workshop may not be helpful for everyone, as the needs of different groups will vary drastically. For example:
A police officer might benefit from a training addressing vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue.
Individuals impacted by alcoholism and addiction might benefit from a workshop on disenfranchised grief, delayed grief and creative coping.
A news reporter might benefit from a training about talking to people in crisis.
Human Resources and management professionals might benefit from a workshop about supporting a bereaved employee or supporting their workforce after the death of one of their own employees.
Individuals experiencing homelessness might benefit from a workshop addressing the different types of loss and how grief reactions impact our emotional and physical health.
A group of Emergency Room RN’s might benefit from a training on supporting individuals who have experienced the sudden death of a family member or effective and realistic self-care.
Yes, a training isn’t worth doing unless we feel confident you’ll get something out of it. Together with our clients we customize and tailor our workshops to the audience’s specific needs including but not limited to:
- Learning style
- Timing (i.e. we’re willing to work at odd hours)
Both. We are indeed two girls who like talking about grief but we also have over 10+ years of experience working with people in crisis, trauma, grief and bereavement. Litsa has her LGSW and Eleanor has a Masters in Counseling Psychology. Between the two of us we have amassed a wide breadth of knowledge and experience.
But the best thing about us is that we know what we don’t know. If you ask us for something that is not in our area of expertise, we will be the first ones to tell you.
We’re aware that different audiences respond to different styles. We’ve worked with a wide range of professionals and grievers from all walks of life. Each workshop will be planned taking the specific audience into consideration.
That being said, we are who we are. We are casual. We are down to earth. We are straightforward. We are realistic, but we also won’t hesitate to recommend coping strategies that seem off the wall. No matter the audience, we pride ourselves on making concepts accessible, relatable and easy to understand.
If you’re worried you might not like our style there’s a sure fire way to find out – just have a look around our blog.
If you’ve gotten as far as finding us, then I would say yes. Issues surrounding death, grief and bereavement can impact morale, productivity, focus, burn out and retention.
Maybe. We are willing to travel reasonable distances at no expense and unreasonable distances at your expense. Aside from that, we are open to creative solutions utilizing technology like webinars, eCourses and teleconference.
Obviously all the content on our website is totally free and we are happy to point you in the direction of posts that might be helpful to you.
That depends. Very few organizations are able to offer customized workshops and often you have to pick from a list of offerings. If you have an Employee Assistance Program, they might be able to tailor a training to address your needs. Also, places like hospice and sometimes funeral homes may have workshop offerings you can choose from. Take a look around your area and see what you can find.
Our fees are very reasonable but because we customize our workshops to fit your needs, we can’t quote you a price until we know how much time you need and where you’re located.
Just send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Include who you are and give us a general idea of what you’re looking for and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.