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Grief: Exploring the Journey of Loss  

This workshop will present theoretical methods for providing grief therapy in assisting the emotional needs of the bereaved. The difference between normal grief (uncomplicated grief) and grief and depression (complicated grief) will be discussed and outlined. The bereaving process will be defined, and indicators and instruments will be provided to assess bereavement. A variety of specific and practical therapeutic techniques will be discussed to assist in coping with grief and mourning. The Model of Complicated Mourning/Grief will be discussed, and we will explore how grief affects the family systems. Activities will be presented that will help children process their loss when they are mourning the loss of an attachment figure. Some of the activities/techniques that will be discussed that assist with the release of emotions for children and adults are loss boxes, grief river, mapping the influence of the loss, grief drawer, memory books, journaling and narrative storytelling.

Large and small group discussions will occur as well as discussing different case examples (film characters from Steel Magnolia, Upside of Anger, Manchester by the Sea, and Philomena), which will illustrate the theories and the techniques.

The attendees that would be most interested in attending this program would be clinicians who work with adults and children who work with clients who deal with loss and grief. That would include Counselors, Social workers, Marriage Family Therapists, and Psychologists

 

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Normella Walker, Department of Psychology
216-687-2587
n.walker22@csuohio.edu
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Noelle Muscatello
216-687-3867
cecasal@csuohio.edu
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Michele Bowman, ESL
216-875-9669
m.s.bowman@csuohio.edu
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