As the second installment of the Grief and Loss specialization training program, this course focuses on specialty areas of grief and loss. Counselors will dive deeper into the issues of grief and loss in more complex areas, such as loss from suicide, loss of a spouse, loss of a child, and loss of a relationship through divorce.
GAL 201: Stages of Development: When Children and Adolescents Experience Loss
When children undergo loss, the way they understand the loss and experience grief can vary based on their ages. In this session, Dr. Joshua Straub walks listeners through the different stages and provides practical tips and counseling strategies for those working with children experiencing grief.
GAL 202: Putting the Pieces Together: Grief and the Family System
In this information-packed lecture, Robert DeVries and Susan Zonnebelt-Smeenge provide an in-depth look at Family Systems Theory as it pertains to grief and loss. This lecture explores the complexities of grief for families. Clinical interventions and therapeutic techniques are discussed.
GAL 203: Grief, Health, and Wellbeing: Comorbidity and Mental Disorders
Grief is a normal response to loss, but when the sorrow refuses to abate, it can turn into complicated grief. In this lecture, Dr. Linda Mintle will discuss grief, bereavement, complicated grief, major depressive disorder, and persistent complicated bereavement disorder.
GAL 204: When Tragedy Strikes: The Death of a Child
Losing a child is one of the most painful losses a person can experience. In this presentation, Dr. H. Norman Wright describes his personal experience with the loss of his son and provides information for counselors working with those who have lost children.
GAL 205: Loss in Marriage: Helping Couples Grieve Together
Couples experience a variety of losses throughout life, some typical and some atypical. In this lecture, Dr. Jared Pingleton discusses the types of losses that couples face and how counselors can help walk a couple through a challenging time of grief and loss.
GAL 206: When the Quiver is Empty: Grieving Infertility, Miscarriage, or Still Birth
Infertility is a silent struggle that results in a powerful sense of loss and grief that often goes unseen. In this lecture, Dr. Eric Scalise shares his personal story with sensitivity and compassion. Counselors must be aware of the facts, statistics, and grief responses that infertile couples face in order to effectively help with the grieving process.
GAL 207: Broken Vows: The Grief of Divorce
In this presentation, Dr. Kevin Ellers and Georgia Shaffer discuss how to help people who are grieving the loss of a relationship through divorce. Using expertise gained through years of counseling and coaching experience, as well as through their own experiences with divorce, the presenters bring a practical and relatable message to all those working with divorcees.
GAL 208: Til Death Do Us Part: The Loss of a Spouse
Losing a spouse is a painful experience that causes a number of crises in a person’s life. Dr. Robert DeVries and Susan Zonnebelt-Smeenge both know this from personal experience. In this session, they share what counselors need to know when working with people who are going through the painful emotions that come with losing a spouse.
GAL 209: They’re Gone: When Adult Children Lose a Parent
Losing a parent is a painful experience that everyone will ultimately face. Sometimes the loss is sudden and unexpected, and sometimes it happens slowly and painfully as the loved one deteriorates at the hands of a disease. This presentation brings together stories from those who not only understand grief counseling, but also understand the painful loss of a parent on a personal level.
GAL 210: No Goodbyes: Grieving a Suicide
Suicide survivors face stigma, guilt, shame, and a myriad of unanswered questions. In this lecture, Jennifer Cisney Ellers discusses ways that counselors can sensitively and effectively help those who are grieving the loss of a loved one to suicide.
GAL 211: Beyond the Tears: Treating Complicated Grief
Complicated grief can occur for a variety of reasons, and can manifest differently in different people. In this presentation, Dr. Eric Scalise and Jennifer Cisney Ellers share how to identify complicated grief. They also highlight risk factors and treatment strategies for counselors seeking to more effectively help their clients.
GAL 212: A Picture of Healing: Examples of Recovery from Loss
When people are in the midst of grief, it can sometimes appear that there is no end in sight. However, there is hope – though the memories will never fade, the pain eventually will. In this session, you will hear powerful testimonies of those who have loved, lost, and lived anew. Grief may steal your joy for a time, but it does not have to last forever. Healing is possible.