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Complicated Grief Seminars

 

Two seminars on Complicated Grief


Sponsored by Iles Funeral Homes with UnityPoint Home Care/Hospice

Two Free Grief Care Seminars by

Dr. William G. Hoy
Thursday, September 25, 2014


Iowa Methodist Medical Center – UnityPoint Home Care/Hospice Pleasant Street, Des Moines

8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Strategies for Assessing and Addressing Complicated Grief

CEU Information:
3.2 contact hours; .32 CEUs


1 p.m. – 4 p.m. The Vital Role of Social Support in
Complicated Grief

CEU Information:
3.2 contact hours; .32 CEUs
Iowa Board of Nursing provider #308




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Strategies for Assessing and Addressing Complicated Grief Overview: (Morning Session) Even though we all know it from our work with the dying and bereaved, grief sometimes gets awfully complicated! Individuals seem to get “stuck” in old patterns and don’t seem to make much progress in adjusting to the loss. In other cases, bereaved people adopt unhealthy coping strategies such as narcotics or alcohol.

 

Family dysfunction and psychopathology—both during the final illness and in adjustment to death—contributes to an already difficult experience. Moreover, grief is often complicated by the death’s circumstances themselves, whether following a long debilitating illnesses or the suddenness of a fatal car crash. This workshop will help clinicians and other helpers hone skills in caring for bereaved people when grief becomes complicated. 

 

Purpose:
This workshop will help clinicians and other helpers develop skills for caring for bereaved people when grief becomes complicated.

 

Objectives:
Use a communication model to understand and communicate with others about "normal grief".

Communicate how the resolution of normal grief becomes compromised by issues such as abuse, traumatic death, multiple losses, and lack of supportive networks and history of psychiatric diagnoses.

Apply and use proven, practical counseling strategies to assist a person in accommodating loss.

 

For:
Nurses, Social Workers, Chaplains, Bereavement Coordinators, Volunteers and Mental Health Therapists.

 

CEU Information:
3.2 contact hours; .32 CEUs
Iowa Board of Nursing provider #308

 

The Vital Role of Social Support in Complicated Grief Overview: (Afternoon Session) The ancient African proverb reminds us that it takes a village to raise a child. But it also “takes a village” to help a person effectively negotiate the grief process. Social support consistently remains one of the difference-makers in how people get through grief, a characteristic that seems intuitively correct but which also is demonstrated in clinical experience and empirical research. The varied aspects of social support—personal beliefs, family functionality, involvement in rituals, and social acceptability of the loss and relationship—all contribute to grieving people finding the support they need. But how do the aspects of social support have such a positive impact on the grief experience? And perhaps just as importantly, what do we do when support is not enough? Come join us as we learn together how to help individuals discover and use effective support systems in grief. 

 

Purpose:
This workshop will teach clinicians and other helpers how to help individuals discover and use effective support systems in grief.

 

Objectives:
Assess the role of personal beliefs in an individual’s need for support.

Explain ways losses become disenfranchised and how to appropriately intervene.

Discuss the role of meaningful ceremonies/rituals in providing support.

Utilize appropriate intervention strategies when support structures are weakened.

 

For:
Nurses, Social Workers, Chaplains, Bereavement Coordinators and Volunteers.

 

CEU Information:
3.2 contact hours; .32 CEUs
Iowa Board of Nursing provider #308

 

Presenter - William G. (Bill) Hoy holds clinical faculty appointment in Medical Humanities at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. A popular speaker for groups of caregiving professionals across North America, Dr. Hoy has counseled with people in grief for nearly 30 years. His teaching and advising responsibilities is with undergraduate pre-medical students and he oversees the Medical Humanities program’s curriculum development process in light of major shifts in 2015 in preparation expectations for medical students. 

 

In addition to his graduate education and counseling training, Dr. Hoy holds the Fellow in Thanatology (FT), the highest advance practice credential for counselors and educators in the fields of death and bereavement. He is active in leadership of the Association for Death Education and Counseling, serving on its board of directors and as the association’s Treasurer. Last year, he served as ADEC’s national co-chair for the annual conference in Hollywood, California. 

 

Dr. Hoy’s scholarly interest is the role of social support in the grief process. He is particularly interested in the cross-cultural uses of funeral ceremonies and how these rituals contribute to positive outcomes for bereaved families and communities, an arena in which he is widely regarded as an international authority. He has authored more than 100 journal articles, published papers, chapters and books, including Guiding People through Grief and Road to Emmaus. His newest book is Do Funerals Matter? The Purpose and Practice of Death Rituals in Global Perspective (Routledge, 2013). He is principal investigator of a Baylor-based research project examining the relationship between poverty and ethnicity in the social value accorded to death rituals in an urban community.  

 

Bill and Debbie Hoy are parents to two young adults. Carolyn graduates in August with a BA in English & Communication (and has a job!) while Greg is a sophomore at Baylor preparing for a career in medicine. After more than 20 years living in southern California, the Hoys now make their home in rural central Texas about 25 miles from the Baylor campus. 

 

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