Live Training

Circles of Care:
The Gift of Facilitating End of Life Discussions

Earn Credit for 1 Case Study toward
Certification in Grief Therapy as Meaning Reconstruction
or Certification in Family-Focused Grief Therapy
Offered by the Portland Institute.

January 28, 2022

9AM-12pm, PST

Presented by

Lara Krawchuk,


Practicum Faculty

Portland Institute for Loss and Transition

Co-Founder & Clinical Director

Healing Concepts, LLC

USD$99 for 3-hour module

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Facing the end of a life is full of losses.  Professional care providers have a responsibility to guide families facing end of life, but often feel ill equipped for this intimate and demanding role.  Together, we will explore how to utilize relevant grief related concepts, such as anticipatory grief, chronic sorrow, non-finite loss, the Dual Process Model and meaning making in a palliative care context, and to support families undergoing such difficult transitions.  We will follow a compelling case study to explore how to address gently the many challenges that families face, and will practice our helping skills in breakout sessions.  We will explore the power of creative intervention, such as the crafting of musical playlists, to assist families in navigating a loved one’s final days.  Key to this work is building circles of care both between  community-based experts, families and medical teams on the one hand, and within the family system on the other.  Finally, we will consider the impact of this work on our own lives by discussing compassion fatigue, parallel process and the gift of post traumatic growth.


  • Discuss our professional responsibility to support end of life discussions;

  • Summarize strategies for effective end of life discussions to be applied to an actual case study;

  • Practice skills for supporting families at end of life; and

  • Describe the gift of working at the end of life on our own personal and professional lives.

Note:  Attendance of the live training session confers credit of 1 Case Study leading to Certification in Grief Therapy as Meaning Reconstruction or Certification in Family-Focused Grief Therapy.


  • 9am-12pm, PST: Portland, OR, which corresponds to 12-3pm in New York, 5-8pm in London, and 6-9pm in Amsterdam.


Presenting Faculty

Lara Krawchuk, MSW, LCSW, MPH is Co-founder and Clinical Director of Healing Concepts, LLC in West Chester, PA.  Her clinical work is focused on individuals and families facing a diverse range of death-related and ambiguous losses including; life threatening illness, end of life, bereavement, attachment injuries, trauma, and professional compassion fatigue.  Krawchuk teaches Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice, End of Life, and Loss Across a Lifecycle classes for the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice.  She has written chapters for two Techniques of Grief Therapy texts by Robert A. Neimeyer.  To learn more about Krawchuk, go to

Lara Krawchuk, 

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USD$99 for 3-hour module

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