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Counseling Grief Clients: Functional Interventions for Everyday Use
Counseling Grief Clients: Functional Interventions for Everyday Use

Where:   LANSING, MI

When:  Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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RAMADA LANSING HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTER
7501 WEST SAGINAW HIGHWAY
LANSING, MI 48917
Phone:  517-627-3211
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Course Description:

Clinicians often struggle to develop an effective approach to counseling grief clients due to the uniqueness of each individual’s grief. The last 10-15 years have seen an explosion of new research in the field and many new studies have turned what we thought we knew on its head.

Explore this new research about appropriate diagnosis of grief clients, ideas for how to assess grief severity and related constructs, and clarification about what is meant by “complicated grief.” Review the most commonly used current models for understanding grief and leave with tools, including 20 interventions, to more confidently assist clients in navigating the adaptive, yet confusing and difficult, grief process. The seminar will end with a focus on self-care, discussion how to appropriately manage and care for ourselves in this demanding, yet fulfilling, work.
Objectives:
  1. Articulate current models for conceptualizing grief and how these influence treatment planning.
  2. Analyze and differentiate clinical symptoms to diagnose grief clients appropriately.
  3. Implement functional interventions for grief counseling adaptable to use with any clients.
  4. Demonstrate three new interventions to use with bereaved clients.
  5. Determine when grief has become “complicated” and develop an appropriate treatment strategy.
  6. Develop strategies of self-awareness and self-care for grief counselors as it relates to clinical practice.
OUTLINE

THE JOURNEY OF GRIEF
  • Models for understanding grief
    • Older, familiar models
    • Current theories and approaches
  • Grief expressions
    • Emotional and cognitive
    • Physical manifestations
    • Behavioral
    • Social behaviors and societal reactions
  • Predictors and mediators of the experience
    • Background: grief is highly individual
    • Personality and other vulnerability factors
    • Who died; quality of relationship
    • Social, contextual and cultural influences
    • Mode of death
    • Other influences
  • Non-death losses
ASSESSMENT AND DIAGNOSIS OF GRIEF-RELATED SYMPTOMS
  • Differential diagnosis between depression, grief and PTSD
  • Persistent complex bereavement disorder
  • Use of adjustment disorder diagnosis with grief clients
  • Measurement/assessment of grief symptoms
WHEN GRIEF BECOMES COMPLICATED
  • Common trajectories for grief
  • What is “complicated” grief and how do you recognize it?
  • Treatment interventions for complicated grief
TREATMENT STRATEGIES AND FUNCTIONAL INTERVENTIONS
  • Grief counseling
    • How is it different from other types of counseling?
    • Who often benefits (and who may not?)
  • Components of a general approach
    • The 3 Rogerian conditions
    • Power of presence
    • Being a companion/therapist for your grief clients
  • Cross-cultural and other diversity considerations
  • Dealing with emotional intensity
  • Grief vs. trauma
  • When clients’ grief is disenfranchised
  • Working with couples or families who have experienced the “same loss”
  • Preparing for grief “spikes”
  • Post-traumatic growth
BEING A GRIEF COUNSELOR
  • The risks and joys of this work
  • Self-awareness
  • Self-care
  • Training opportunities in this field
LIMITATIONS OF THE RESEARCH AND POTENTIAL RISKS
  • Disparity in results across studies for grief
  • Risk factors for complicated grief
Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Counselors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Social Workers
  • Pastoral Counselors
  • Chaplains/Clergy
  • Mental Health Nurses
  • Funeral Directors
  • Case Managers
  • Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners
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  • Addiction Counselors
  • Thanatologists
  • Nursing Home Administrators

DR CHRISTINA ZAMPITELLA, PSY.D., FT

Dr. Christina Zampitella, Psy.D., FT, is a licensed clinical psychologist in both Delaware and California, a Fellow of Thanatology (certified expert in death, loss, and bereavement), co-owner and director of clinical services at Integrative Psychology Group, professor/faculty member, and a professional speaker. She works as an adjunct faculty member at Marian University’s Master’s in Thanatology program, focusing her research course development, and teaching on Bereavement Studies. She served as the chair for the Continuing Education Committee for the San Diego Psychological Association from 2007-2009 and the Delaware Psychological Association from 2018-2019. She is a trainer of trainers at the Center for Complicated Grief at Columbia University in Complicated Grief Therapy with Dr. Katherine Shear, a pillar in the field of Thanatology. Dr. Zampitella specializes in death, loss, and bereavement, integrative psychology, spirituality, and nature-based therapy. She is the former resident psychologist on Fox 5 News in San Diego and often appeared on NBC News. She has been featured in Elle Magazine, BuzzFeed, Seven Ponds, and The Huffington Post.



Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Christina Zampitella is co-owner and director of Clinical Services at Integrative Psychology Group. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Christina Zampitella is a Fellow of Thantology.
Addiction Counselors
This course has been approved by PESI, Inc., as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 6.0 CE in the Counseling Services skill group. NAADAC Provider #77553. PESI, Inc. is responsible for all aspects of their programming. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance.

Michigan Addiction Counselors: This course has been submitted to the Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals (MCBAP). Credit is pending.


Case Managers
This course has been submitted to the Commission for Case Manager Certification for approval. Full attendance is required.


Chaplains/Clergy
This activity is designed to qualify for 6.25 continuing education hours.


Certification in Thanatology
This educational offering is recognized by the Association for Death Education and Counseling to meet the thanatology-related educational contact hour requirements to be Certified in Thanatology: Death, Dying and Bereavement. This course will award 6.25 contact hours to participants.


Counselors
This intermediate activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.


Marriage & Family Therapists
This activity consists of 380 minutes of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. You should save this course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.


Nursing Home Administrators
This program has been submitted (but not yet approved) for 6.25 continuing education clock hours and 6.25 participant hours from NAB/NCERS.


Psychologists & Psychiatrists
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Psychiatrists
PESI, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. PESI, Inc. designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Psychologists
The following state psychologist boards recognize activities sponsored by PESI, Inc. as an approved ACCME provider: Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Wisconsin. This activity consists of 6.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Certificates of attendance will be issued for you to submit to your state licensing board to recognize for continuing education credit.


Social Workers
This activity is pending approval from the National Association of Social Workers.


Other Professions
This activity qualifies for 380 minutes of instructional content as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.

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