Uncomplicating Grief: Pathways to Hope and Healing
Friday, September 12, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM (EDT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Riverside Trauma Center's 4th Annual Conference
Pathways to Hope and Healing
Cosponsored by the Massachusetts Department of
Public Health's Suicide Prevention Program
Early Bird Registration Deadline 8/8/14
Grief is a normal part of life, but when loss is sudden or traumatic, many people need the help of behavioral health providers to cope with their intense pain and sadness. This year’s conference will focus on typical and complicated grief following sudden loss and trauma. We will apply first-person accounts, theory, and research so that attendees can better understand and support people on their journey through grief. The day will include a discussion of how cultural background influences the experience of grief and healing.
Keynote Address by George A. Bonanno, PhD:
"Beyond Resilience and PTSD: Flexibility and Heterogeneity Following Potential Trauma"
Highly aversive or potentially traumatic events (PTEs) are more common than is usually assumed. Indeed, most people are exposed to multiple PTEs during the course of their lives. Until recently, however, responses to such events have been understood using either psychopathological categories, such as PTSD, or measures of central tendency (e.g., average differences). George A Bonanno, PhD demonstrates that although both approaches have been useful, neither approach captures the true heterogeneity of responses to aversive events. Recent advances in latent trajectory modeling following such events have identified prototypical trajectories of outcome, including chronic dysfunction and a resilient trajectory of stable health (Bonanno, 2004). In this talk, he will describe studies from his research program that examine individual differences in response to demanding life events, including terrorist disaster, military combat, mass shooting, spinal cord injury, bio-epidemic, and cancer surgery. He will also describe research on predictors of the resilience trajectory and place special emphasis on recent research on various components of flexibility in coping and emotion regulation, resilience-promoting factors.
George A. Bonanno, PhD, is a Professor of Clinical Psychology and Director of the Loss, Trauma, and Emotion Lab at Columbia University’s Teachers College. Professor Bonanno’s interests center on the question of how human beings cope with loss, trauma, and other forms of extreme adversity, with an emphasis on resilience and the salutary role of flexible emotion regulatory processes. Professor Bonanno’s empirical and theoretical work has focused on defining and documenting resilience in the face of loss or potential traumatic events, including disaster, loss, terrorist attack, bio-epidemic, traumatic injury, and life-threatening injuries medical events, and on identifying the range of psychological and contextual variables that predict both psychopathological and resilient outcomes. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation, and featured in various print, television, and radio media. He recently authored The Other Side of Sadness: What the New Science of Bereavement Tells Us About Life After Loss (Basic Books).
“Complicated Grief After Traumatic Loss: A Clinician’s Perspective"
John R. Jordan, PhD, is a Clinical Psychologist who has specialized in work with grief, bereavement, and survivors of suicide loss for more than 35 years. He is the Clinical Consultant for Grief Support Services of the Samaritans in Boston, Massachusetts, and the Professional Advisor to the Survivor Council of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). He is also an author, lecturer, and workshop facilitator.
"Creating Meaning from Sorrow: Pathways to Healing from
Larry Berkowitz, EdD, is the Co-founder and Director of Riverside Trauma Center and holds an appointment as Clinical Instructor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School. A Psychologist with over 25 years of clinical experience, he serves on the Executive Committee of the Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention, as the Co-Chair of the Northeast Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention, and is a member of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention's task force on the needs of suicide survivors.
There will also be a multicultural panel involving four individuals from different cultural backgrounds, representing mental health, clergy, and public health professions, who will discuss cultural considerations in responding to loss and promoting healing. Panel participants:
Saida Abdi, MSW, LCSW
Director of Community Relations and social worker at the Boston Children’s Hospital Center for Refugee Trauma and Resilience
Founder, Board of Directors
Courtney Mark Grey
Director, Trauma Response and Recovery
Boston Public Health Commission
Reverend Steven Rodrigues
Director of Ministries
Inter-Church Council of Greater New Bedford
Cost: Register by 8/8/14 to pay the discount rate of $125 per person or $112 per person for groups of 4 or more. The regular registration cost is $139 per person or $125 per person for groups of 4 or more. $75 per person for Riverside Community Care employees. The regular registration deadline is 9/3/14.
Continuing Education: Applications for 5.5 hours of continuing education credits have been submitted for Social Workers, LMHCs, LMFTs, and Nurses. Please contact Jenny Huynh (firstname.lastname@example.org) for the status of the CE accreditation. This training is approved for 5.5 hours of continuing education for Psychologists. Riverside Community Care is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor education for Psychologists. Riverside Community Care maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
Registration: Pre-registration is required. Early bird registration deadline is 8/8/14. Complete the registration online by filling in the appropriate information and paying by credit card or check or, if you prefer, visit http://www.riversidetraumacenter.org/events.html to print out and complete a hard copy of the registration form. If you prefer to pay by check, please make the check payable to “Riverside Community Care” and send it to: Jenny Huynh, Riverside Trauma Center, 255 Highland Ave., Needham, MA 02494. The regular registration deadline is 9/3/14.
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Lodging/Accomodations: The Verve, Crowne Plaza Natick can be contacted at (877) 384-0706.
Larry Berkowitz, EdD, "Creating Meaning from Sorrow: Pathways to Healing from Suicide Loss"
10:15 am-12:15 pm
George A. Bonanno, PhD, "Beyond Resilience and PTSD: Flexibility and Heterogeneity Following Potential Trauma"
12:15 pm-1:15 pm
Lunch (included in registration fee)
John R. Jordan, PhD, “Complicated Grief After Traumatic Loss: A Clinician’s Perspective"
Multicultural panel discussion
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Riverside Trauma Center
Riverside Trauma Center, a service of Riverside Community Care, helps people in Massachusetts recover from the overwhelming stress caused by traumatic events by providing community outreach, consultation, and counseling. Traumatic events include natural disasters, serious accidents, suicides, homicides, and terrorism. We also educate communities and organizations about suicide prevention and postvention, psychological trauma, resilience, and the emotional needs of returning veterans. www.riversidetraumacenter.org