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Live Online Training
United States

Dialogue With a Bereaved Mother:
Symbol and Paradox After Traumatic Loss

Earn 3 Continuing Education (CE) Credits

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Portland Institute for Loss and Transition is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  Portland Institute for Loss and Transition maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

May 3, 2024

9am-12pm (PDT)

Presented by

Sharon Strouse,


Art Therapist

Associate Director

Portland Institute for Loss and Transition

Lynne Henry, BA

Director of Strategic Initiatives and Marketing

Office of Philanthropy, University of Maryland

USD$99 for 3-hour module /

USD$124 with CE Credits

This haunting, compassionate, and healing dialogue highlights the art making process, products, and mystical experiences of a bereaved mother whose journey is understood and guided by the tenants of meaning reconstruction, restorative retelling, and attachment informed grief therapy.  Learners are invited into the inner workings of art therapy and a creative process with Lynne.  She shares, at the three-year mark, her journey with James, who died in a fiery car accident on September 5, 2020.  Symbol, paradox, and visual metaphor emerge in her artwork as transformative elements that hold the space for a vulnerable dialogue between client and clinician.  This in-depth case study discussion is followed by the audience's opportunity to enter the conversation of transformation and to explore their personal story through the creation of collage.

Note:  This 3-hour CE module focuses on topics related to psychological practice, education, or research other than application of psychological assessment and/or intervention methods that are supported by contemporary scholarship grounded in established research procedures.


  • Describe the collage process and products through a meaning reconstruction focus on the event story, back story of the relationship with the deceased, and the personal story;

  • Summarize the components of the collage making process that are grounded in Rynearson’s Restorative Retelling, as highlighted in this discussion; and 

  • Describe elements of the creative process that contribute to continuing bonds with the deceased as a cornerstone of continuing bonds theory.

Note:  Attendance of this Live Online Training session confers credit of 1 Case Study Module required for Certification in Grief Therapy as Meaning Reconstruction, Certification in Art-Assisted Grief Therapy, or Certification in Grief Therapy for Suicide Bereavement.


  • A PDF copy of the presentation slides;

  • Materials list for collage work;

  • Detailed instructions for collage construction; and 

  • Illustrative questions for processing the construction of the collage and meaning making regarding the product that emerges


  • Psychologists, social workers, counselors, art / music / expressive arts therapists, pastoral care personnel, healthcare professionals, bereavement volunteers

  • To qualify for the 3 CE Credits, please kindly note that:

    • Full attendance of the entire session is required to receive CE credits.  No partial credit is awarded.

    • You are required to complete a CE quiz after the session.  An overall score of 75% or higher within three attempts is required to obtain CE credits.

    • The certificate of CE credits will be issued to you upon your submission of a participant evaluation form.


  • Intermediate



This program contains the following segments:

  • Introduction (5 mins)
  • Personal Story:  Lynne (10 mins)

  • Creative Process and Product:

    • Symbol and paradox  (5 mins)

    • Event Story:  The Loss (20 mins)

    • Back Story:  The Relationship (20 mins)

    • Personal Story:  The Growth and Transformation (20 mins)

    • Existential Story:  The Spiritual Quest (15 mins)

  • Discussion (20 mins)

  • Experiential Practice (40 mins)

  • Closing Dialogue (25 mins)


  • 9am-12pm, PDT, Portland, OR, that corresponds to 12-3pm in Eastern Daylight Time, 5-8pm in British Summer Time and 6-9pm in Central European Summer Time.

Disclosure Statement


This recorded module is not supported financially by a manufacturer of any commercial product and there is no sale of any product or publication during the live training session.  There is no known conflict of interest for this CE module or the presenting faculty.


Sharon Strouse, MA, ATR-BC, LCPAT, is a board-certified, licensed clinical professional art therapist and Associate Director of Portland Institute for Loss and Transition.  Her art therapy practice, national presentations and trainings focus on traumatic loss with parents who have lost a child, suicide bereavement, and military family loss. Her work is grounded in meaning reconstruction, attachment informed grief therapy / continuing bonds and restorative retelling. She authored chapters and articles as well as Artful Grief: A Diary of Healing ( written twelve years after the suicide of her seventeen-year-old daughter.  She is co-founder of The Kristin Rita Strouse Foundation (, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to  increase awareness of mental health through education and the arts.

Sharon Strouse,

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Lynne Henry, BA

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Lynne Henry, BA, is Director of Strategic Initiatives and Marketing in the Office of Philanthropy at University of Maryland, Baltimore.  A native of Erie, Pennsylvania, Lynne received a B.A. from the Cornell University in English and Art History before embarking on a publishing career at ARTnews Associates and Hearst Magazines, specializing in the circulation promotion management of leading art and consumer magazines and museum catalogues.  Lynne also served as Director of Marketing and Creative Services at the Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library.  Lynne’s passion for the creative arts resurfaced after the death of her youngest son, James, in September 2020.  Under the mentorship of Sharon Strouse, MA, ATR-BC, LCPAT, Lynne began to explore art therapy as a powerful way to navigate traumatic loss, finding respite through collage work and continuing bonds therapy.

USD$99 for 3-hour module /

USD$124 for CE Credits

For other enquiries, simply email Carolyn.

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