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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   (37 comments)
Speakers:
David Kessler
Duration:
5 Hours 33 Minutes
Copyright:
19 Feb, 2019
Product Code:
POS049945
Media Type:
Digital Recordings

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CPD

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.

He is the author of five bestselling books and the popular Healing Grief Card Deck: 55 Practices to Find Peace (PESI, 2016). His first book, The Needs of the Dying (HarperCollins, 2007), a #1 best-selling hospice book, received praise by Mother Teresa. He co-authored two bestsellers with the legendary Elisabeth Kübler-Ross: On Grief and Grieving (Scribner, 2014) and Life Lessons (Scribner, 2014). He also co-authored the book, You Can Heal Your Heart: Finding Peace After Breakup, Divorce or Death (Hay House, 2015), with Louise Hay. He worked with Elizabeth Taylor, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Marianne Williamson when their loved ones faced life-challenging illnesses. He also worked with late actors Anthony Perkins and Michael Landon. David’s work has been discussed in the Los Angeles Times, Business Week and Life Magazine, and has been featured on CNN-Cross Fire, NBC, Fox, PBS, Dr. Oz and Entertainment Tonight. David is a contributing writer on Oprah.com, Dr. Oz’s Sharecare.com, Anderson Cooper 360 and The Huffington Post.

David has a master’s degree in Health Care Bioethics from Loyola Marymount University, he did his undergraduate work at University of Southern California and is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He is a certified AMA/EPEC (Education for Physicians) trainer. He also is the founding chairperson for the Hospital Association of Southern California Palliative Care Committee and spent the last decade as a C-suite executive in a 650 bed – three hospital system in Los Angeles County.

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: 1144

Comments

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."

Mary N - MARIETTA, Georgia

"PESI staff has always been extremely helpful."

Tamara R - LOUISVILLE, Kentucky

"David is a very good trainer/presenter. "

Donna A - OCALA, Florida

"David was a great presented, very clear and stories that was relevant to points being made"

April O - Grand Rapids, Michigan

"Thank you! This was so helpful and I hope to be able to bring the information to my staff and clients in my practice!"

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