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David Kessler On Grief and Grieving



Grief and grieving. It’s traumatic. It’s awkward. It’s painful.

How often do you walk into the session or the patient’s room knowing that your education did not prepare you for this? How often do you miss having the right words, phrases and the right actions to console?

As professionals we are expected to have the right words at hand, the right actions to recommend, and the right response. Most of us fail shamefully due to a lack of grief emphasis in our training. Every client we will see will experience loss in their life.

David Kessler, international grief expert, author and practitioner and will help you transform your practice, your life, and learn the art of caring for the grieving. You will then know the right words and actions to truly be of help to the dying and grieving.

David’s personal experience of witnessing a mass shooting as a child and its aftermath helped him begin his journey as a grief healer. Through his work with Elisabeth Kübler-Ross and Mother Teresa, he has helped thousands of people face life and death with peace, dignity and courage. From working with Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Landon, and Anthony Perkins to seeing up-close the devastation and heroic response of so many at 9/11, Ground Zero, and Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedies, David lives the work he teaches.

Don’t let more time go by feeling unprepared to help your clients process their trauma, their grief and heal.


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Product Details
Average Rating:
   4.7
Speakers:
David Kessler
Duration:
5 Hours 33 Minutes
Format:
Audio and Video
Copyright:
19 Feb, 2019
Product Code:
POS049945
Media Type:
Digital Recordings

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This online program is worth 5.5 hours CPD.



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David Kessler is one of the world’s foremost experts on healing and loss. His experience with thousands of people on the edge of life and death has taught him the secrets to living a happy and fulfilled life.

An accomplished speaker and author, David’s forthcoming book, Finding Meaning: The Sixth Stage of Grief, will be released in November and has already been named one of the top 10 books for the fall by Publishers Weekly. His previous books have been praised by Saint (Mother) Teresa and Elisabeth Kübler Ross.

David has written five bestselling books and the popular Healing Grief Card Deck: 55 Practices to Find Peace. His first book, The Needs of the Dying, is a #1 best-selling end-of-life book. He co-authored two bestsellers with the legendary Elisabeth Kübler-Ross: On Grief and Grieving and Life Lessons. He also co-authored You Can Heal Your Heart: Finding Peace After Breakup, Divorce or Death, with Louise Hay.

David has worked with Elizabeth Taylor, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Carrie Fisher after their loved ones died, as well as late actors Anthony Perkins and Michael Landon at the end of their lives. He serves as a Specialist Reserve Officer with the Los Angeles Police Department and as a volunteer for the American Red Cross, responding to tragic events including aviation disasters and 9/11.

In addition, he has met with parents of Sandy Hook Elementary and survivors of the Las Vegas shooting in 2017. He also serves on the board of the Farrah Fawcett Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides funding for cancer research. David’s work has been discussed in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Business Week and Life Magazine, and has been featured on CNN, NBC, Fox, PBS, Dr. Oz and Entertainment Tonight.

David earned a master’s degree in healthcare bioethics from Loyola Marymount University after completing his undergraduate work at the University of Southern California. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and is a certified AMA/EPEC (Education for Physicians) trainer. David is the founder of Grief.com, an invaluable resource to those who are grieving that has had over 5 million visitors.

When he’s not speaking around the world, David calls Los Angeles home. Despite having spent most of his life teaching physicians, nurses, counselors, police officers and first responders about the end of life, trauma and grief, nothing could prepare him for the sudden death of his 21 year-old son in 2016. David’s work continues in honor of him.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: David Kessler is president of David Kessler, Inc. He is an author for Simon & Schuster – New York and receives royalties. Mr. Kessler receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: David Kessler has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.


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Objectives

  1. Explore the dynamics of different types of grief and the healing processes associated with each.
  2. Specify age appropriate grieving milestones that occur across the lifespan.
  3. Articulate the somatic response to grief and identify how to manage residual grief in the body.
  4. Consider why children are often the “forgotten grievers” and identify strategies for helping this population.
  5. Analyze the efficacy of positive psychology interventions in treating grief.
  6. Ascertain the relationship between traumatic events and grief as it relates to the healing process.

Outline

Interventions that can Shape Grief

Anticipatory Grief
  • Treatment strategies
  • Tools for normalizing anticipatory grief for the patient/client
Children in Grief
  • Tools for preparing for the loss
  • Interventions for coping enhancement for funerals
  • The forgotten grievers
  • Learn the truth about children going to funerals and open caskets
Complicated Grief
  • Simplifying the model
  • Murder, multiple losses, sudden death, suicide
  • Alzheimer’s
Explanations of Types of Grief
  • Delayed
  • Disenfranchised
  • Ambiguous
  • Inconclusive
  • Complicated
  • Average response
  • Resilience
Forgiveness
  • Learn alternatives to forgiveness
  • Understand when it works and why it doesn’t
  • Learn techniques your client can use to actually find forgiveness
The Grief of Suicide
  • Understand how grief of suicide is different
  • Learn techniques for releasing feelings of responsibility
  • Tools for healing grief after suicide
The Body and Grief
  • Help understand how we hold grief in our body
  • Learn techniques your client can use to get in touch with residual grief in the body
  • Understand the ways the body remembers
Trauma
  • How we often re-traumatize ourselves in grief
  • Learn the difference between releasing grief and replaying traumatic events
  • How vicarious trauma can affect the clinician
Positive Psychology and Grief
  • Learn how positive psychology can be used in healing grief
  • Understand why clients may treat themselves harshly in grief
  • Learn new ways to decrease suffering after a loss
Pet Loss
  • Learn why pet loss is just as significant as other losses
  • Understand why clients may not reveal loss of a pet
  • Learn new ways to help with feelings of exaggerated responsibility
Self-care for Clinician Working with Loss
  • Learn how to take care of ourselves when being surrounded by loss
  • Understand why we sometimes over identify with clients
  • Understand if it’s helpful to self-disclose about the clinicians loss
Successfully Supporting Friends and Family Members in Grief
  • Learn what to say and what not to say
  • Understand proven strategies that will help clients heal themselves while not getting lost in others’ grief
  • Tools for normalizing anticipatory grief for the patient/client
Tools for the Clinician to Help Clients Cope with
  • Bullycide
  • Anniversaries
  • Holidays – the seen and unseen
  • Birthdays
Disasters and How We Cope
  • Shootings/hurricanes/earthquakes and terrorist acts
  • Techniques for approaching horrific crime and/or disaster scenes
  • The impact of natural vs. manmade disasters

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Nurses
  • Case Managers
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Chaplains/Clergy Hospitals
  • Palliative Care Services
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

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Overall:      4.7

Total Reviews: 1372

Comments

Dave W - LYNCHBURG, Virginia

"DK knows his stuff. Sharing about the death of his son was most fitting, and I'll probably get his book as he will tell more about that loss and how he has/is handling it."

Gary H - Long Beach, Mississippi

"Very well presented and kept interesting by the stories and examples giving to explain the points. "

Laurie F - El Cajon, California

"This was an excellent presentation. "

Josee D - SAN DIEGO, California

"David Kessler did a fantastic job! This webinar is by far one of the best I've ever viewed in 16 years! "

Stephanie P - Jupiter, Florida

"The course content was very useful and interesting"

Alicia L - DALLAS, Texas

"Amazingly helpful and I learned some great tools today!"

CECILIA SOPHIA D - Big Spring, Texas

"Excellent information. "

Rossina S - DENVER, Colorado

"David Kessler was a very engaging presenter. He kept the material relevant and practical, but also demonstrated how to support clients through the grieving process."

Mira R - Mt kisco, New York

"He was a terrific presenter!"

Patricia B - Edmeston, New York

"This course exceeded my expectations a great deal. It was very relevant to my work and I learned some very important concepts and techniques. It was a pleasure to learn from such a amazing leader in this field."

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