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You’ve Got Grief: Welcome to the Club

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September 15, 2015
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

University Park

All people experience grief at some point in life.  It is a natural and normal experience.  In this presentation, we will discuss attitudes about grief, how society views it and thus how that influences our personal experience.  We will also look at the importance of knowing what inhibits grief and what to do when it happens to us or to someone we know. Up to date theory will be presented as well as information about grief reactions, coping mechanisms and how to be present to the grief of another or one’s own loss.  Some of this presentation will be experiential/interactive.

Course Objectives

Following the presentation the participant will be able to:

1) Name three factors about societal norms related to grief

2) Describe five different grief reactions.

3) Explain current grief theories and their significance

4) Describe why being present to one’s own loss is important

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Presenter Biography:

Kay E. Whitehead, MSW., LCSW., FT is a psychotherapist in private practice now specializing in Traumatic Loss and Complicated Grief. She has a 25 year history working for St. Vincent Hospice.  With having skills both at the beside being with the dying, and then also being a bereavement coordinator for 11 years, she learned about loss and grief from those she served.  During her hospice work, Kay experienced the death of many family members and several friends. Confronting death and grief daily, personally and professionally, has a special way of teaching one about life and living and learning to embrace gratitude if open to the lessons.

3 CEUs awarded for Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists, & Mental Health Counselors.

Title:  You’ve Got Grief: Welcome to the Club

Date:  Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

Time: 9:00 a.m. – noon

Location:  Kinney Group, 2425 W Michigan Street, Indianapolis, IN

Fee:  $40.00