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WAFCA-CE Rewriting Stories of Grief & Loss
Tuesday, May 12, 2020, 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM CST
Category: WAFCA CE Training

Rewriting Stories of Grief & Loss

NOTE:This training will now be held via Webinar - 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. with a 30 minute lunch (4 Continuing Education Hours will be provided to those attending the full online training)



This workshop will look at how our clients/patients can find healing in the midst of the pain and suffering associated with loss. We will examine a counseling style and tools designed to address people's losses. Those losses can be the obvious losses due to the death of a loved one, the many losses associated with drug addiction, the losses of divorce and job loss, but also those ambiguous losses (death of an ex-spouse, decline due to dementia/Alzheimer's, loss of mental health, infertility, termination of a pregnancy, etc.). The various losses and grief associated with COVID-19 will also be addressed. The workshop will put great emphasis on practical tools, tools you'll be able to use your very next day of work. The teaching style will include lecture, case studies, personal stories and sharing exercises. Many actual patient/client stories will illustrate each tool presented. 

At the end of the workshop each participant will be able to: 

(1) explain a counseling model of care that can be used to complement the medical model of care
(2) use various assessment tools in discovering a client's grieving style, a client's personal resources and a client's expectations
(3) report measurable outcomes in a client's progress in the healing process
(4) describe ways of discovering a client's philosophical/spiritual language, how to speak that language and how to enhance that philosophical/spiritual perspective
(5) offer a client multiple tools designed to promote healing in the midst of loss


Douglas Smith, M.Div, MA, MS, teaches at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is currently the lead instructor for two counseling certificate programs there, one in grief counseling and the other in counseling the terminally ill, as well as teaching courses in ethics and boundaries. He has done workshops in every state in the U.S. and all the provinces in Canada, and has authored eight books on counseling.

This training is being provided with funding support from the Great Lakes Mental Health Technology Transfer Center.

For additional training and resources available through the MHTTC, visit their website.

WAFCA has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6778. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. WAFCA is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. Visit the WAFCA-CE registration page for more information on fees and policies. 

Wisconsin Association of Family & Children's Agencies (WAFCA)
16 N Carroll St, #750
Madison, WI 53703  (608) 257-5939 

Contact: Emily Coddington: [email protected]