The Grief Summit

Grief Counseling and Treatment in a Pandemic of Loss

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Thank you for registering for the on-demand Grief Summit! 

We’re so happy you're able to join us to get the skills, tools and techniques we all need to help the rapidly growing wave of grieving clients! The Grief Summit is your key to confidently working with the wave of clients whose grief has been amplified by the trauma, isolation and anxiety we’re all facing...

And with some of the most-accomplished trainers in the field, you’ll leave feeling inspired and ready to bring hope to this client population!

Your Sessions Snapshot

*Free access to The Grief Summit self-study CE hours expired on 8/31/21. Recordings are available below.

Keynote Address 1 | Claire Bidwell Smith 
Anxiety in the Wake of Loss: Strategies for Working with The Missing Stage of Grief

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Losing someone we love thrusts us into a vulnerable place. It forces us to confront our mortality and life’s unpredictability... Causing fear and anxiety to surface in profound and unexpected ways.  

Join grief expert and acclaimed bestselling author Claire Bidwell-Smith to explore this link between grief and anxiety.

Shattered Assumptions: Treat Grieving Clients Whose World Has Been Turned Upside Down

Session 1 | Featuring Joy Samuels

During the pandemic we’ve all experienced many losses. Not just death, but our collective loss of security, identity, social connection, and normalcy...

How do you equip your clients to face these losses so they can move forward?

Anticipatory Grief: Help Clients Face Impending Loss and Uncertain Futures

Session 2 | Featuring Erica Sirrine

When a loved one faces a terminal illness many start grieving before they die. But since the pandemic began your clients are dealing with the unknown.

Gain strategies to help clients process and cope even in the most trying times!

Kids and Loss: How to Work with the Uniqueness of a Child's Grief

Session 3 | Featuring Erica Sirrine

In the past year families have confronted death on a scale not seen in generations and children are often the ones most affected.

Learn to better understand the unique nature of grief in children and adolescents to help inform their treatment that differs so much from that of an adult.

Grief Work in Virtual Settings: New Tools to Create Support and Connection

Session 4 | Featuring Alissa Drescher

We’ve all changed the way we work in the last year becoming familiar with the technology and rules around telehealth... but how can we do better when working with grieving clients?

Build your “webside” manner and make your treatment as impactful as possible when working virtually!


Keynote Address 2 | David Kessler
Unattended Grief: Interventions to Facilitate Healthy Grieving

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The pandemic has disrupted our social connections, routine, and sense of security. This chaos makes it difficult to fully acknowledge the losses in our lives. But unattended grief can harm our health.

Join David Kessler, one of the world’s foremost experts on healing and loss, as he shares the tips and interventions he uses to support healthy grieving, even in unprecedented times.

Compassion Fatigue: Prevention for Professionals Who Work with Grief and Trauma

Session 1 | 10:45-11:45 Central 
Featuring Eric Gentry

Working with grieving and traumatized clients  means bearing at least some of the emotional weight of their suffering. If left unchecked, the mental and emotional impact of your work can make you feel like you’re drowning.

This is Compassion Fatigue... but how do we prevent the harmful effects of this stress?

Traumatic Grief: Cognitive, Behavioral and Somatic Approaches

Session 2 | 12:30-2:00 Central
Featuring Eric Gentry

In the age of COVID-19, it’s likely you’ll work with grieving survivors who’ve lost a loved one in a traumatic way, and without intervention the loss could lead to complicated bereavement and PTSD. 

Gain strategies the interventions and skills to address grief and trauma together to increase your clients' outcomes. 

Reach Across Divides: Cultural & Difference Focused Practices in Grief Work

Session 3 | 2:15-3:15 Central
Featuring Alesia Alexander

Many factors influence our clients’ grief journeys... without understanding the diverse dynamics of our clients’ experiences, we may fail to offer support that is ethical, relevant, and culturally sensitive to their needs. 

Discover a socially just framework you can use to reach across divides to make healing connections. 

Grief After Suicide: Transition Survivors from “Why?” to “What’s Next?”

Session 4 | 3:30-4:30 Central
Featuring Rita Schulte

Suicide survivors don’t come to you because they’re interested in growth. They just want to relieve the pain and ease the misery. 

It’s critical to tap into the client’s potential for resiliency and walk with them along the path to post-traumatic growth.  Help your grieving clients transition from “why?” to “what’s next?” 

On-Demand Sessions Include

Previously recording on April 29-30, 2021

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KEYNOTE ADDRESS 1 | Claire Bidwell Smith

Anxiety in the Wake of Loss: Strategies for Working with The Missing Stage of Grief

Losing someone we love thrusts us into a vulnerable place. It forces us to confront our mortality and life’s unpredictability... Causing fear and anxiety to surface in profound and unexpected ways.  

Join grief expert and acclaimed bestselling author Claire Bidwell-Smith to explore this link between grief and anxiety.

Discover how you can help your clients manage their anxiety... Process their grief on a deeper level and unpack their fears about mortality.

After, Claire will join PESI’s own Zach Taylor, LPC for an exclusive discussion on this topic and to share some tools that help clients control their anxiety.

session1Session 1 | Dr. Joy Samuels
Shattered Assumptions: Treat Grieving Clients Whose World Has Been Turned Upside Down

During the pandemic we’ve all experienced many losses. Not just death, but our collective loss of security, identity, social connection, and normalcy...

Which makes us feel like we’ve been thrust into a new world where nothing makes sense.

Complicating the matter is that we often don’t recognize and mourn these abstract and secondary losses... Which prolongs suffering and confusion.

Join Dr. Joy Samuels as she gives you tools and strategies to equip clients to face these losses so they can move forward when their expectations and assumptions about the world have been shattered.

session2Session 2 | Erica H. Sirrine, Ph.D., LCSW, FT
Anticipatory Grief: Help Clients Face Impending Loss and Uncertain Futures

When a loved one faces a terminal illness many start grieving before they die. They know what’s coming.

But since the pandemic began your clients are dealing with the unknown. They can’t predict who will contract COVID... Or what will happen if they do.

They’ve been unsure what will happen in many areas of their lives, leaving them feeling powerless to control what’s coming... Anticipating it with dread.

This is why we need to know how to work with anticipatory grief. So we can help clients process and cope even in the most trying times.

Join Dr. Erica Sirrine to get practical strategies for supporting clients and families facing illness or impending death of a loved one.

Check out the shared resources in this session!

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session3Session 3 | Erica H. Sirrine, Ph.D., LCSW, FT
Kids and Loss: How to Work with the Uniqueness of a Child’s Grief

In the past year families have confronted death on a scale not seen in generations.

And children are often affected most intensely following the loss of a family member. Trauma, pain, and confusion replace safety and security.

Their understanding of death—and responses to the grief that follows—are influenced by their developmental level. Which makes their treatment much different from that of an adult.

Join Dr. Erica Sirrine for this powerful session to better understand the unique nature of grief in children and adolescents. Get developmentally appropriate treatment strategies to help these vulnerable clients find hope and healing.

Check out the shared resources in this session!

session4Session 4 | Alissa Drescher, LPC, FT, GC-C, MA
Grief Work in Virtual Settings: New Tools to Create Support and Connection

We’ve all changed the way we work in the last year. And while we’re now familiar with the technology and rules around telehealth, we still want to do better for our clients.

This session will help you to up your game when working remotely with grieving clients!

Join grief expert and Fellow in Thanatology Alissa Drescher to get the creative tools and effective online resources to master grief work via video conferencing. Build your “webside” manner and make your treatment as impactful as possible when working virtually!

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Keynote 2 Address | David Kessler

Unattended Grief: Interventions to Facilitate Healthy Grieving

The pandemic has disrupted our social connections, routine, and sense of security. This chaos makes it difficult to fully acknowledge the losses in our lives.

But unattended grief can harm our physical, cognitive, emotional, and spiritual health.

Join David Kessler, one of the world’s foremost experts on healing and loss, as he shares the tips and interventions he uses to support healthy grieving, even in unprecedented times.

Plus, you’ll end this segment with an exclusive discussion between David and PESI’s own Zach Taylor, LPC. This session will leave you feeling connected, energized, and ready to help the grieving.

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session5Session 5 | J. Eric Gentry, PhD, LMHC, DAAETS, FAAETS
Compassion Fatigue: Prevention for Professionals Who Work with Grief and Trauma 
 

Working with grieving and traumatized clients means engaging with stories of loss and pain... It means bearing at least some of the emotional weight of their suffering.

And these days isolation, fear, and uncertainty adds to the load. If left unchecked, the mental and emotional impact of your work can make you feel like you’re drowning in the suffering of others.

This is Compassion Fatigue. And it’s a threat to our wellbeing and our ability to stay on the job.

Join Compassion Fatigue expert Dr. Eric Gentry to receive a research-backed pathway that both resolves and prevents the harmful effects of work-related stress. Not only that, but you’ll discover how to enhance resilience and professional quality of life. 

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session6Session 6 | J. Eric Gentry, PhD, LMHC, DAAETS, FAAETS
Traumatic Grief: Cognitive, Behavioral and Somatic Approaches
 

As a clinician in the age of COVID-19, it’s likely you’ll work with grieving survivors who’ve lost a loved one in a traumatic way.  

Without intervention designed to address both grief and trauma, the loss could lead to complicated bereavement and PTSD. Are you prepared to handle that?  

Dr. Eric Gentry is an expert in the treatment of trauma. In this crucial session, he’ll share the interventions and skills he uses to address grief and trauma together, lessen posttraumatic stress symptoms, and enhance client functioning. 

session7Session 7 | Alesia Alexander, LCSW, CT 
Reach Across Divides: Cultural & Difference Focused Practices in Grief Work

Many factors influence our clients’ grief journeys. Race, culture, gender, sexual orientation, age, economics, inequalities, and power differentials... Just to name a few. 

Without understanding the diverse dynamics of our clients’ experiences, we may fail to offer support that is ethical, relevant, and culturally sensitive to their needs. 

This thought-provoking and honest presentation will offer a new lens through which to view your grief work with diverse and underserved populations.  

Discover a socially just framework you can use to reach across divides and make healing connections with clients of all backgrounds. 

session8Session 8 | Rita A. Schulte, LPC
Grief After Suicide: Transition Survivors from “Why?” to “What’s Next?”
 

Suicide survivors don’t come to you because they’re interested in growth. They don’t want to explore new possibilities. They just want to relieve the pain, ease the misery, and make sense of the death. But there’s no life in only asking why. On many levels, there will be no closure.  

As clinicians, we can’t help survivors change unless we challenge them to step out and take risks. It’s critical to tap into the client’s potential for resiliency, open them to new possibilities, and walk with them along the path to post-traumatic growth.  

Join Rita Schulte, licensed professional counselor, radio host, author, and suicide survivor to get the skills and strategies you need to transition grieving clients who’ve lost loved ones to suicide from “why?” to “what’s next?”

See what your colleagues are saying about these amazing speakers!

“Always enjoy David Kessler. When I see he’s presenting I know I will enjoy the presentation and always come away with new information that is helpful to the work I do with oncology, life-altering illness, and general loss related to current times with the COVID pandemic.” ~ Dana Z., Counselor

“Dr. Sirrine was engaging and dynamic, plus she presented the material in an organized manner, with such a clear grasp of the material and relevant examples that truly supported my learning. I have taken away so much and it will be put to good use with my clients.” ~ Trisha S., Social Worker

“Alissa was fantastic; her presentation was amazing. She was organized, well-spoken, experienced, knowledgeable, interesting, funny and the course was helpful to my practice!” ~ Elizabeth M., Nurse

“Joy Samuels is extremely knowledgeable and interesting. I would enjoy taking a semester long course with her... I found the theories of grief and grief work very interesting.” ~ Sarah C. S., Psychologist

“Eric Gentry is the best presenter I have had at PESI.” ~ Sandy S., Addictions Counselor

“Excellent training. Rita Schulte was personable, vulnerable, knowledgeable.” ~ Janna F., Psychotherapist

Meet Your Experts

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Claire Bidwell Smith

Claire Bidwell Smith worked as a therapist specializing in grief for over a decade. She is the critically acclaimed author of three books of nonfiction: The Rules of Inheritance (Penguin 2012), After This: When Life is Over Where Do We Go? (Penguin, 2015) and Anxiety: The Missing Stage of Grief (Da Capo, 2018). Her work has been celebrated by mental health advocates like Maria Shriver and New York Times Bestselling Author Cheryl Strayed. Read Full Bio

Check out more resources with Claire Bidwell Smith!

David Kessler

David is one of the world’s foremost experts on healing and loss. He is the author of six bestselling books, including his newest, Finding Meaning: The Sixth Stage of Grief. He co-authored two bestsellers with the legendary Elisabeth Kübler-Ross: On Grief and Grieving and Life Lessons. David’s work has been discussed in the Los Angeles Times, Business Week, and Life Magazine, and has been featured on “Brené Brown, CNN-Cross Fire”, NBC, Fox, PBS, “Dr. Oz” and “Entertainment Tonight.” He is the founder of www.grief.com which has over five million visits yearly from 167 countries. Read Full Bio

Check out more resources with David Kessler!

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Erica H. Sirrine, Ph.D., LCSW, FT

Dr. Erica Sirrine is a licensed clinical social worker and has served as Dean for the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences at Southeastern University. She has extensive expertise providing individual and group therapy to bereaved clients across the lifespan and has implemented numerous interventions and programs aimed at improving the emotional health of those experiencing loss. Read Full Bio

Check out more resources with Erica H. Sirrine!

Alissa Drescher, LPC, FT, GC-C MA

Alissa is the founder/executive director of the Grief Center of Middle Tennessee, whose mission is to help children, teens, and adults cope with loss and change. She’s a highly sought-after speaker addressing topics related to grief and mourning, and is known for her creative, interactive, and story-telling presentation style. Read Full Bio

Check out more resources with Alissa Drescher!

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Joy R. Samuels, D.MIN., LPC-MHSP, NCC

Joy is a Fellow in Thanatology with over 30 years’ experience as a licensed professional counselor, chaplain, and ordained minister. She teaches in the graduate clinical mental health psychology department at Lipscomb University and has trained thousands of mental health and healthcare professionals on grief counseling and treatment.  Read Full Bio

Check out more resources with Joy R. Samuels!

Alesia Alexander, LCSW, CT

Alesia is a therapist; author; and grief, loss, and inclusion consultant who serves as co-director of the Tapestries Institute. She was featured in the PBS documentary Speaking Grief and has worked in community, non-profit, and individualized settings for over 20 years. Read Full Bio

Check out more resources with Alesia Alexander!

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Eric Gentry, PhD

Eric is an internationally recognized leader in the study and treatment of traumatic stress and compassion fatigue. The co-author of Trauma Practice: Tools for Stabilization and Recovery, a critically acclaimed text on the treatment of traumatic stress, he has trained over 100,000 health professionals over the past 20 years. Read Full Bio

Check out more resources with Eric Gentry!

Rita A. Schulte, LPC

Rita is a licensed counselor and suicide survivor who specializes in the treatment of grief and loss. Rita is the creator and host of Heartline Radio where she talks with counselors and authors as well as everyday people looking for advice on moving through the difficulties of life. She is the author of Shattered: Finding Hope and Healing through the Losses of Life (Leafwood) and the upcoming Surviving Suicide Loss: Making Your Way Beyond the Ruins (Moody Publishers). Read Full Bio

Check out more resources with Rita A. Schulte!

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