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Counseling Grief Clients: Practical Interventions from New Theoretical Insights
Counseling Grief Clients: Practical Interventions from New Theoretical Insights

Where:  FAIRFAX, VA

When:  Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM

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Clinicians often struggle to develop an effective approach to counseling grief clients, due to the uniqueness of each individual's grief. The last 10-15 years have seen an explosion of new research in the field and many new studies have turned what we thought we knew on its head. Another important and very practical issue involves diagnosis, as DSM-5® revisions affect the most commonly applied diagnoses for grief clients.

Explore this new research, including up-to-date information about appropriate diagnosis of grief clients in DSM-5®, ideas for how to assess grief severity and related constructs, and clarification about what is meant by “complicated grief” with Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Thanatologist, Alissa Drescher. Review the most commonly used current models for understanding grief and leave with tools, including 20 interventions, to more confidently assist clients in navigating the adaptive, yet confusing and difficult, grief process. The seminar will end with a focus on self-care, discussing how to appropriately manage and care for ourselves in this demanding, yet fulfilling, work.

  • Articulate current models for conceptualizing grief


  • Identify five predictors of grief severity


  • Apply a basic, adaptable approach to grief counseling


  • Demonstrate three new interventions to use with bereaved clients


  • Determine when grief has become “complicated” and outline a suitable treatment strategy


  • Diagnose grief clients appropriately using DSM-5®


  • Recognize the importance of self-awareness and self-care for grief counselors



  • Psychologists


  • Psychiatrists


  • Counselors


  • Marriage and Family Therapists


  • Social Workers


  • Chaplains and Pastoral Counselors


  • Art Therapists


  • Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners


  • Mental Health Nurses


  • Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors

ALISSA P. DRESCHER, LPC, CT

ALISSA DRESCHER, MA, LPC is a Certified Thanatologist who holds a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy with a focus in Play Therapy from Southern Nazarene University, She began working in the field of bereavement services in 2006 offering encouragement to bereaved parents. Alissa counsels both grieving children and adults in individual and group settings. Beginning in 2010, she has also worked at The Tristesse Grief Center in Tulsa, OK as Senior Program Director, overseeing a variety of programming including the Healing Hearts Camp, Oklahoma's first overnight camp for grieving children and teens. Alissa was an adjunct professor at Southern Nazarene University in Tulsa, OK teaching several undergraduate counseling courses including Death, Grief and Loss. She is a sought after guest speaker addressing topics related to grief and mourning and is known for her creative and interactive teaching style. Alissa is passionate about increasing awareness related to childhood bereavement. She is a member of the Association of Death Education and Counseling and the National Alliance for Grieving Children. She now resides in Nashville, TN with her husband and three children.

Disclosure: 
Financial - Receives a speaking honorarium from Cross Country Education.
Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.
Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors
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This course has been approved by Vyne Education, LLC., as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 6.0 continuing education hours. NAADAC Provider #77600, Vyne Education, LLC. is responsible for all aspects of their programming. Content includes elements of one of the NAADAC 8 Counselor Skills Group. Full attendance is required to receive credit, variable credit for partial attendance may not be awarded based on the NAADAC guidelines.

Counselors: West Virginia: This seminar has been approved by the West Virginia Board of Examiners in Counseling for 6 hours of continuing education. One Time CE approval number #WVBEC-061417 in Fairfax, VA on 6/14/2017, #WVBEC-061517 in Frederick, MD on 6/15/2017, #WVBEC-061617 in Baltimore, MD on 6/16/2017.

Marriage & Family Therapists: This educational offering qualifies for 6 continuing education hours as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific filing requirements.


Nurse Practitioners
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Vyne Education, LLC. is accredited by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners as an approved provider of nurse practitioner continuing education. Provider number: 060313. This activity was planned in accordance with AANP Accreditation Standards and Policies. This course is offered for 6.0 contact hours.


Nurses
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Vyne Education, LLC. is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. This course is offered for 6 contact hours.


Nurses: California
Vyne Education, LLC. is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP 16668, for 7.2 contact hours. Full attendance is required to receive credit, variable credit for partial attendance may not be awarded.


Nurses: Florida
Vyne Education, LLC. is an approved provider by the Florida Board of Nursing, provider #50-466. This course is offered for 6.0 contact hours.


Nurses: Iowa
Vyne Education, LLC. is an approved provider with the Iowa Board Of Nursing, approved provider #328. This course is offered for 7.2 contact hours.


Psychologists
Vyne Education, LLC. is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Vyne Education, LLC. maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This program offers 6 CE credits for psychologists. Full attendance is required to receive credit for psychologist, variable credit for partial attendance may not be awarded based on the APA guidelines.


Social Workers
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Vyne Education, LLC. provider #1005, "formerly Cross Country Education" is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program (an approved provider since 1999, approved period 1-27-15 to 1-27-18). Vyne Education, LLC. maintains responsibility for the program. Social workers will receive 6 Clinical continuing education clock hours for participating in this course. Licensed social workers should contact their individual state jurisdiction to review the current continuing education requirements for licensure renewal. Visit ASWB's website at www.aswb.org for more information. This educational offering is at the Intermediate level for social workers.


Other Professions
This educational offering qualifies for 6 continuing education hours as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific filing requirements.


Information obtained in this course should be used within your scope of practice.

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"Alissa is engaging and personable. Her trainings are organized and informative.  I always leave with a wealth of practical information that I can immediately apply in my practice."
-Jennifer Giles, LPC

"Alissa uses an interactive teaching style that draws the audience in and allows them to leave with hands-on activities that they can actually use."
-Joanna Majka, LPC

"Alissa is a warm and inviting speaker. Her professional enthusiasm and intellectual passion is inspiring! Alissa's trainings are informative and directly applicable to my practice with clients."
-Sarah Reinhardt, LPC-C

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