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Complicated and Traumatic Loss: Meaning Making, Hope, and Transcendence
Therapy Training Boston
203 Arlington St.
Watertown, MA 02472

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Friday, December 03, 2021, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM EST
Category: Consortium Events

Dr. Walsh will present her resilience-oriented systemic approach to working with couples and families who have suffered devastating losses including the death of a spouse, parent, child, or sibling. Dispelling myths of “normal” grief, Walsh applies current theory and research on bereavement and resilience. Expanding the lens from individual, symptom-focused treatment, this practice approach attends to suffering and fosters individual and relational healing and positive growth. Loss situations and relational variables in complicated bereavement are addressed including the following: untimely death; disenfranchised losses; LGBTQ losses; death of a pet; traumatic, violent & drug-related deaths, suicide; conflictual bonds. Practice principal guidelines are provided, with case illustrations and discussion of practice challenges in diverse populations with a range of ethnicities and intersection identities. Specific attention will be paid to couple issues that arise in the face of loss as well as to helping children with loss. Long-term impact and resilience with multiple pandemic-related losses will be considered. Applying Walsh’s Family Resilience Framework, clinicians can mobilize key relational processes and cultural/spiritual resources, tapping the power of meaning-making, hope, and transcendence to help clients live and love fully, forging new purpose in the wake of loss. Dr. Walsh will outline risk entailed in doing this work, the empirical basis of the content and future areas for study needed. We will consider clinicians’ own loss experiences, compassion fatigue, and ways to nourish our resilience to support our provision of quality care.

Hosted by Therapy Training Boston online for 6 CEs. For more info, visit Therapy Training Boston's website.