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Workshops and Training

Workshops and Training

Training and Workshops for the Community and Professionals

Over the past  decade, I have presented hundreds of workshops & training sessions on a wide variety of topics to non-profit, governmental, corporate, educational, mental health, hospital, hospice, and faith-based entities.

Following is a list of workshop and training topics followed by a detailed description. Each one can be adapted for the audience. Topics may be combined and length of each presentation can be altered depending on need. 

List of Topics:

Workshops for the Community: (click on title below for description)

  • Healing Grief and Loss - A Workshop for Anyone who is Grieving or Wants to Help others Through the Grieving Process
  • How to Talk to Your Child about Grief and Loss
  • Supporting Families in Grief and Loss: A Workshop for Parents and Caregivers
  • Why Spirituality and Religion Helps you to 'Eat, Pray, and Live' ...Happier and Longer

Workshops for Professionals: (click on title below for description)

  • Introduction to Trauma, Grief, and Loss for Clinicians and Mental Health Professionals
  • Caregiver "Burn Out", Vicarious Traumatization, and Self Care
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Spiritual and Cultural Dimensions of Grief, Loss, and Trauma
  • Using Play Therapy Interventions to Address Trauma and Loss
  • Introduction to Facilitating Child and Adolescent Grief, Loss, and Trauma Support Groups
  • Supporting Families in Grief and Trauma Using Cognitive Behavioral Techniques and Interventions
  • Suicide Prevention and Treatment
  • Coping with Grief and Bereavement: A Medical Caregiver Focus
  • Coping with Divorce: A Workshop for Clinicians and Mental Health Professionals
  • Integrating Posttraumatic Growth and Positive Psychology Interventions into Children and Adolescent Grief Support Groups

 

Workshop Descriptions

Workshops for the Community:

Healing Grief and Loss - A Workshop for Anyone who is Grieving or Wants to Help others Through the Grieving Process

This workshop will educate participants about different types of grief; the typical 'stages of grief' and what to expect; how grief responses vary by age; and the use of games, activities, and coping skills to facilitate natural healing .

How to Talk to Your Children and Teens about Grief and Loss

For parents, caregivers, and anyone who cares about and/or for a grieving child or adolescent. Participants will learn and practice concrete ways of communicating about grief with children and adolescents, the developmental stages of grief of loss, and interventions you can use to teach coping skills, facilitate expression of feelings, and help the child or adolescent create positive lasting memories of their loved one.

Supporting Families in Grief and Loss

Children experience loss and grief on multiple levels from a myriad of causes. The effects of these losses are immediate, long term and cumulative, and the impact is seen in behavior at home, in schools and in the community. Similarly, it is not uncommon for caregivers to experience a change in their feelings, judgments, beliefs, frame of reference, cognitive ability, and physical health due to their own experience of grief and loss . Teaching parents, guardians, and caregivers how to pay attention to their experience and needs while parenting a grieving child is crucial to both prevent 'burn out' and to allow them to be fully present and authentic with their family members and friends, and at the same time help children cope with trauma, grief and loss as well. Through lectures, small group discussions, interactive sessions and art work, the workshop will increase the parent and/or caregiver's awareness of their own grief and loss issues and expand their understanding of the grief process. We will discuss developmental, spiritual, and cultural aspects of the grief process and incorporate case examples. Topics will include: an overview of loss across the lifespan; how to listen, ask questions and engage children, youth, families and each other when talking about grief and loss; different styles of grieving; and self-care strategies.

Why Spirituality and Religion Helps you to "Eat, Pray, and Live" ...Happier and Longer

Spirituality and religion relate to improved health, psychological well-being, and fewer impulsive behaviors such as substance abuse, domestic violence, criminal behavior, and divorce. This workshop will discuss the research behind the statistics and examine what may be influencing these positive outcomes. Then we will work on how to tailor your spiritual and/or religious practice to "Eat, Pray, and Live"...EVEN Happier and Longer!!

 

Workshops and Training for Professionals:

Introduction to Trauma and Grief for Professionals

Through lectures and experiential hands-on learning, this workshop will enhance participants' knowledge in working with complicated grief and trauma. Participants will have a better understanding of how to identify and assess grieving and traumatized children, adolescents, and adults across varying developmental stages. Attendees will be able to utilize theories, insights and clinical tools to help increase client awareness and improve management of trauma and grief-related distress and promote resilience.

"Burn Out", Vicarious Traumatization, and Self Care

Supporting those in caregiving roles by teaching them how to pay attention to their experience and needs is crucial to both prevent 'burn out' and to allow them to be fully present and authentic with their clients. Vicarious Traumatization [VT] is a change in a one's emotional and psychological experience that can result from working with traumatized individuals dealing with chronic or life-threatening illness, death, trauma or loss. As a result, it is not uncommon for professionals to experience a change in their feelings, judgments, beliefs, frame of reference, cognitive ability, and physical health. This workshop will teach participants to develop a mindful awareness of their needs; how their caregiving affects them physically, emotionally, and spiritually; and how self-care strategies and techniques can aid them in their management of VT.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

This workshop will enhance participants' understanding and competence in working with individuals affected by PTSD. Participants will learn about the diagnostic criteria and causes of PTSD; how to identify and assess the severity of PTSD; how to differentiate between symptoms of trauma and PTSD; treatment and crisis intervention strategies; relationship with substance abuse, suicide, and environmental triggers; symptoms of vicarious traumatization in those who work with people who have experienced trauma; and self-care strategies.

Spiritual and Cultural Dimensions of Grief, Loss, and Trauma

Participants understanding of the tenets and practices of five major religions and major cultural differences regarding death, dying, grief and loss will be enhanced. They will explore issues that frequently arise and how to assess their own spiritual and cultural competence. Participants will be taught the specific issues that arise from providing care to cross- cultural/religious/spiritual clients that pertain to aspects of death/dying/grief/loss and spiritually/cross-culturally sensitive assessment questions or interventions to use with clients.

Using Play Therapy Interventions to Address Trauma and Loss

This workshop will explore the application of play therapy interventions to clients with who have experienced trauma and loss. A variety of techniques and modalities will be demonstrated and participants will have the opportunity to develop and practice their skills.

Introduction to Facilitating Child and Adolescent Grief, Loss, and Trauma Support Groups (Part I)

This workshop will explore the theory, structure, and the method of facilitating grief, loss, and trauma support groups for elementary, middle and high school students. Participants will learn the steps to establishing a grief group, the best practices of facilitating grief groups with children and adolescents, and the topics and activities of a successful 10 week group.

Introduction to Facilitating Grief Support Groups: Interventions , Exercises, and Activities (Part II)

This workshop will allow participants to practice several interventions, exercises and activities, and to present them to the group in order to share the information and garner hands-on experience with grief support groups.

Integrating Several Theoretical Approaches to Grief and Loss Group Work (Part II)

Blending of cognitive, experiential, and interpersonal theory may lead to new forms of therapy that capitalize on the strengths of each of its elements. All problems of young children and families are not caused by the same set of influences nor will be helped by the same set of interventions. This interactive workshop will teach the counselor to pick and choose, borrow, and reshape from different modalities. Therapists learn to think about children's difficulties from a variety of perspectives and have in their repertoire a wide range of interventions.

Supporting Families in Grief and Trauma Using Cognitive Behavioral Techniques and Interventions

This workshop will provide training on the impact of trauma on children and common childhood reactions based on the latest research on evidence-based cognitive behavioral therapy techniques. Interventions will be demonstrated and practiced in this interactive workshop to help children to identify and cope with a range of emotions ; develop personalized stress management skills; recognize the connections between thoughts, feelings and behaviors; share traumatic experiences either verbally, in the form of a written narrative, or in some other developmentally appropriate manner; communicate with parents and each other about the traumatic experiences; and to modify children's and parents' inaccurate or unhelpful trauma-related thoughts, and assist parents to develop skills for optimizing their children's emotional and behavioral adjustment.

Suicide Prevention and Treatment

This workshop will present assessment, prevention, and treatment of suicidal clients; standards of care from both legal, professional and ethical standpoints of confidentiality; appropriate interventions and actions to prevent a suicide and/or alert necessary third parties to protect a suicidal client; and proper documentation of those steps; and suicidal pre- and postvention in a school or community setting.

Coping with Grief and Bereavement: A Medical Caregiver Focus

This didactic and interactive workshop will provide a means of reducing stress by helping medical caregivers cope more effectively through normalizing their feelings related to grief and bereavement, placing understanding and context into their experiences, decreasing the potential for emotional isolation, and further instilling meaning into their professional tasks and responsibilities.

Coping with Divorce: A Workshop for Clinicians and Mental Health Professionals

Coming Soon.

 

Partial Listing of Past Workshops, Trainings, and Presentations

Integrating Posttraumatic Growth and Positive Psychology Interventions into Children and Adolescent Grief Support Groups

Studies in posttraumatic growth describe how the aftermath of the shattering of one's world view through trauma results in a more realistic meaning of life, revision of priorities, mastery of coping skills, strengthening and deepening of relationships, and increased spiritual awareness and connectivity. Using interventions grounded in the theory of Positive Psychology and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, these developments can be communicated to children and adolescents both cognitively and experientially so that they aid in the healing process. Age appropriate techniques and interventions will be demonstrated. Participants will be able to engage in experiential activities to further their understanding and mastery of these interventions.

 

Partial Listing of Past Workshops, Trainings, and Presentations

1. Workshops for Montgomery County School Counselors - Workshops on Divorce, Self Care, and Suicide Prevention and Treatment.
2. National Alliance for Grieving Children Symposium - Workshop “Integrating Posttraumatic Growth and Positive Psychology Interventions into Children and Adolescent Grief Support Groups.”
3. Montgomery County Department of Human Resources – Workshop on Vicarious Traumatization and Self Care.
4. Beth El Synagogue Sisterhood – Workshops on “Why Spirituality and Religion Helps you to Eat, Pray and Live …Longer and Happier” and Enriching Your Spiritual Experience: a Behavioral Intervention.
5. St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church Women’s Retreat - Keynote speaker and workshop on Grief and Loss.
6. DC Rape Crisis Center – Workshop on Posttraumatic Growth.
7. North Capital Collaborative – Workshop for counselors, social workers, and case workers on Trauma, Grief and Loss.
8. DC Pretrial Agency – Workshops on Suicide Prevention and Treatment and PTSD for agency staff.
9. Interfaith Works - Workshop on Self Care and Vicarious Traumatization for mental health workers.
10. Foundation School – Workshop on Grief and Loss for mental health professionals.
11. St. Elizabeth Catholic Church – Workshop on Grief, Loss and Trauma for parents.
12. DC Child and Family Services Agency [CFSA] – Workshops on Self Care and Vicarious Traumatization ; Cultural and Spiritual Dimensions of Grief, Loss, and Trauma; and Grief, Loss and Trauma for social service Professionals.
13. Catholic Charities – Workshops on Self Care and Vicarious Traumatization for social service and mental health professionals
14. Widowed Persons Outreach at Sibley Hospital– Training workshops for new volunteers.
15. Foundations for Home and Community – Workshop for foster parents.
16. Children’s Hospital – Workshop for mental health professionals on Grief and Loss.
17. Friendship Charter School - Workshop for mental health professionals on Grief and Loss.
18. Archdiocese of Washington – Workshop for school counselors on Cultural and Spiritual Dimensions of Grief and Loss.
19. DC Department of Mental Health – workshops training DC school counselors to facilitate grief groups in schools, and how to integrate different models of grief group theory and practice.
20. Washington Hospital Center – workshop for families who had lost a baby.
21. Amazing Life Preschool Games – Workshop for parents and teachers on Grief and Loss.
22. Latin American Youth Center – Workshop for staff on Grief and Loss.
23. Safe Shores – Crisis support
24. New Samaritan Baptist Church – Workshop for grief ministry.
25. Mt. Zion Baptist Church – Workshop on Recognizing Depression.
26. Peaceable Schools – Workshop on Grief and Loss for school mental health workers.
27. DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence – Advanced Trauma Training.
28. Victims Assistance Academy - Workshop on Grief and Loss to community service workers involved with crime victims.
29. Calvery Women’s Shelter – Self Care / Grief and Loss for staff and residents.
30. Brooker T. Washington Charter School – Workshop for staff following the homicide of a student.
31. High School Health Classes in several Montgomery County High Schools.
32. Workshop at Roberto Clemente Middle School for counselors on crisis response and trauma.
33. Speaker at Poolesville United Methodist Church on Supporting Families in Grief and Loss
34. Presentation on Grief and Loss to Belmont Elementary School PTA
35. Wendt Center for Loss and Healing - Workshops and training for the DC Crisis Response Team.