Grief Therapy as
A Trauma-Informed Approach [Part I]
Earn 0.5 Credit for Core Course toward
Offered by the Portland Institute.
April 5, 2021
Robert A. Neimeyer, PhD
Portland Institute for Loss and Transition
Department of Psychology, University of Memphis
USD$99 for 3-hour module
As contemporary models of bereavement have become more nuanced and empirically informed, so too have the practices available to counselors and therapists who work with complicated, prolonged and debilitating forms of grief. This module offers in-depth training in several of these techniques, nesting them both within the therapy relationship and in the context of current theories and research that provide flexible, trauma-informed frameworks for intervention.
Beginning with a discussion of the power of presence as a fundamental dimension of the therapeutic “holding environment,” we will consider how we can quickly assess our clients’ needs and readiness for change. We will then discuss how to create a safe relational container for a healing “re-telling” of the loss experience, anchoring such work in both contemporary Meaning Reconstruction and Dual Process models and related research. Drawing on clinical videos of clients contending with losses through sudden natural death, accident and suicide, we will learn to listen between the lines of the stories clients tell themselves and others about the death to grasp more fully the unvoiced meaning of their grief, and how we can help them integrate the event story of the death into lives with less reactivity, and find a compassionate audience for its telling.
Describe the "Pyramid of Practice" and the role of Presence, Process and Procedure in the architecture of a session
Distinguish between therapeutic “presence” and “absence” in the process of therapy.
Summarize the essential features of Meaning Reconstruction and Dual Process models of grief and outline their implications for grief therapy.
Implement Restorative Retelling procedures for mastering the event story of the loss.
Summarize the use of audio recording of an event story of loss and its safe use between sessions to augment in-session work
Note: Attendance of the live training session confers credit of 0.5 Core Course Module required for All PI Certification Programs.
COURSE PACK CONTAINS...
A list of techniques to process the "event story" of the death.
Detailed instructions for Restorative Retelling.
9am-12pm, PDT: Portland, OR, which corresponds to 12-3pm in New York, 5-8pm in London, and 6-9pm in Amsterdam.
The Zoom meeting link and the module materials will be emailed to all registrants in due course.
~ Register for the Core Course Series ~
March 24, 2021, 9am-12pm (PDT)
- April 12, 2021, 9am-12pm (PDT)
May 3, 2021, 9am-12pm (PDT)
GRIEF TRAINING FACULTY
Robert A. Neimeyer, PhD is Professor Emeritus of the Department of Psychology, University of Memphis, maintains an active consulting and coaching practice, and also directs the Portland Institute for Loss and Transition. Neimeyer has published 30 books, including Routledge’s series on Techniques of Grief Therapy, and serves as Editor of Death Studies. The author of over 500 articles and chapters and a popular workshop presenter, he is currently working to advance a more adequate theory of grieving as a meaning-making process. In recognition of his contributions, he has been given Lifetime Achievement Awards by both the Association for Death Education and Counseling and the International Network on Personal Meaning.