Grief Intervention for Situational Loss Over the Life Course

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When: Monday, November 6 to Sunday, December 3, 2023 (4 weeks) ONLINE weekly at your discretion
Cost:    $240 (Students $120) Registration Deadline: Monday, October 30, 2023
This workshop will be offered only if there is sufficient enrolment.

Grief is not just about death. Grief is experienced in response to many life-altering situations that involve loss such as job layoff, divorce, family caregiving, health decline and other age-related challenges. In this 4-week online workshop, you will gain insight into providing compassionate practice from a loss perspective. You will learn ways to process grief including hearing from the voices of grief pioneers who led the way. Born out of their teachings, you will learn to apply an innovative coping framework specifically developed with methods to address various situations of adversity involving loss.

Week 1 – Losses that Impact

  • Defining situational loss.
  • Acknowledging various types of situational loss.
  • Exploring grief in different loss contexts.
  • Describing the 3-A Coping Framework as a tool to process the situation loss(es).

Week 2 – Grief after Loss

  • Identifying determinants that influence expression of reaction to loss.
  • Applying death related grief models to nondeath related situations
  • Unlocking the 4th “A” to remove barriers in order to move forward from loss.
  • Acknowledging habitual behaviors related to coping with loss.

Week 3 – Approach for Addressing Losses

  • Assessing from a loss perspective
  • Assisting in providing 3 elements of a coping regimen to follow to enhance resiliency
  • Assisting in using conventional grief methods to readjust and transform from situational loss
  • Assisting in exploring a variety of methods to facilitate grief processing

Week 4 – Burnout as an Impacting Loss, Nurturing Yourself

  • Acknowledging workplace loss/grief as a professional
  • Acknowledging compassion in practice
  • Assessing compassion fatigue and burnout
  • Assisting through self-nurturing

Instructor Bio: Eleanor Silverberg is a social worker, grief expert and coping strategist in private practice. Using a therapeutic approach, she provides empowering coping tools so you can monitor yourself with awareness. She developed the unique 3-A Coping Framework as a navigating aid for a variety of situational loss circumstances such as health decline, family illness, death, job loss, financial loss, aging, divorce. She devised the framework in 2007 while doing community outreach social work in dementia care. Her specialty is in assisting caregivers of family members living with dementia or other ongoing serious condition as demonstrated in her books “Keeping It Together: How to Cope as a Family Caregiver without Losing Your Sanity” and “Mindfulness Exercises for Dementia”.  Eleanor holds a Master of Social Work, BA in Psychology, Certificate in Bereavement Education, training in Mindfulness, Internal Family Systems, as well as over 20 years of Independent Grief Study.

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