Grief: Beyond the Five Stages
Updating your Grief Theory & Practical Interventions
If the first, and only, person you think of when you think about grief is Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, then this is the right workshop for you! A lot has happened in the field of grief and bereavement since Kubler-Ross’ groundbreaking work. Come expand your knowledge of this difficult but important topic.
Date: Registration is Closed; Please email me if you are interested in attending this workshop next time: firstname.lastname@example.org
Location: St. Michael’s Center, 1924 Clairmont Road, Decatur, GA 30033
Although grief is one of the most common human experiences, Grief and Loss is not a required class in most master’s level counseling programs. Despite the fact that there has been a great deal of research contributing to theories of grief and bereavement in the last 20 years, many counselors are still primarily using the Five Stages model to assist bereaved clients. We now know that grief rarely unfolds in these stages. And relying on them, often unintentionally sets bereaved individuals up for a sense of failure. This workshop will provide you with an updated understanding of grief and bereavement so that you can practice responsibly with your grieving clients. We will spend most of the afternoon learning and practicing interventions that can be brought back into your clinical practice. There will also be time for case consultation.
Objective 1: Name and describe at least two contemporary understandings of grief along with other key terms and definitions related to grief, mourning and bereavement.
Objective 2: Recognize ways that grief may impact existing DSM 5 disorders/conditions.
Objective 3: Learn at least three interventions for use in working with bereaved individuals or groups.
Elizabeth’s interest in grief and loss began in childhood when she experienced the deaths’ of her three grandparents. This experience left many unanswered questions as well as observations about how grief impacts the whole family. After graduating from Harvard Divinity School (2000) she began working with grief professionally, as an Interfaith Chaplain serving at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and the Emory Hospital system from 1999-2002. She then proceeded to work within multiple Hospice Agencies and Hospital-Based Palliative Care Services as a Chaplain, Bereavement Coordinator and Palliative Care Counselor from 2003-2018. The experience of working with people at the end-of-life, and bereaved family members, has been life-changing for Elizabeth and she is passionate about increasing research-based knowledge about death, grief and loss within our communities.
Because of her desire to provide in-depth grief counseling, she pursued additional training in Clinical Mental Health Counseling through Mercer University and eventually became a Licensed Professional Counselor in 2017.
Elizabeth has held the Certification in Thanatology: Death, Dying and Bereavement through the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) since 2015.
In addition to her extensive work with hospice, she has also provided support groups to adults grieving suicide and homicide loss as a contractor with Kate’s Club. Elizabeth now has her own practice, Lifespan Counseling of Atlanta, where she provides grief counseling for clients related to multiple forms of loss. Her primary modalities are Narrative Therapy and Expressive Arts Therapy.
6.25 Core LPC Hours Applied For/LPCA-GA