This workshop will discuss the types of losses, the characteristics of trauma and the factors determining the severity of bereavement. The connection between trauma and grief will be explored and the typical human reactions in each will be discussed. Also examined will be the cluster group of symptoms when trauma and grief are both combined and overlapping. Special attention will be given to developing comprehensive strategies to help people both in trauma mastery and grief resolution.
Thirty-four million people are over 65 and that number will double to sixty-eight million within 25 years. This is a very different population, and therapy for this group must also be different. Therapy for seniors has to be brief and effective as quickly as possible. Many of the older members of our society just don't have the time or willingness to spend months awaiting change. Therapist will be encountering of the sixty-five plus population more often. This workshop will dispel some myths about aging and will present various brief treatment approaches used successfully with senior patients. We will include some brief approaches to treating grief and loss, coping with illness and pain and the depression which often accompanies these challenges.
Often, "oh, no!" is the first response to loss, be it a wallet, loved one, or dream. Something is gone. What happens next? One could get mired in cultural expectations that there must be denial, anger, depression - or, one can flow through the natural grief sequence to understanding, having appropriate emotions and being proactive. Learn how to get back into balance processing grief with nature's intention - having loving and healthy connections.
Most “grief work” involves expressing grief fully, or saying “goodbye” to the lost person, neither of which resolves the feeling of loss. Full resolution reconnects with the treasured felt experience of the lost person, using it as a positive resource to move forward and reengage the world in the present.
Contemporary minority professionals, with college degrees, positions in higher education, private practitioners, and other workspaces, often encounter dilemmas about their lack of advancement or self-efficacy. The within-group diversity among these women requires a cultural competency mindset, one that engages clients from a strength versus deficit or stereotyped-based perspective. In this workshop, participants will engage in activities to foster social identity examination as a bridge to recognizing the Latina social identities paradigm. Dilemmas that emerge because of the Maria Paradox messages, sexualized societal attitudes about Latinas, and “presumed incompetence” will be examined. Participants will leave with a guide for empowering professionals through solution-oriented culture-centered psychotherapy practices.
When people face the reality of tragic loss through death, they commonly struggle to process both the "event story" of what has transpired, and to access the "back story" of the relationship with the deceased to negotiate the liminal sense of the loved one's presence within absence. This calls for creative and intuitive therapy that respects the profound assault on the person's world of meaning, but that uses the healing power of imagination, body work and the conjuring of restorative connections to promote resilience.
The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in over 500,000 deaths. In the aftermath, Prolong and complicated grief affects about 20% of loved ones. This presentation will discuss how to treat such individuals.
Traditional intervention strategies to overcome traumatic grief reactions have in the past failed to achieve successful treatment outcomes. Dysregulation of affect and other central symptoms of acute stress disorder and PTSD are often the result of dissociative reactions to cope with the traumatic loss. This workshop will focus on grief as a resource, methods to facilitate the containment and transmutation of negative affect and how to integrate the deceased as an internal resource.