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Bereavement and Trauma Loss Workshop

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The Little America Hotel - Salt Lake City

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Salt Lake City, UT 84101

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5.0 CEU's for Social Workers pending

Traumatic experiences such as homicides, suicides, and car crashes add an extra layer of potential complication to the experience of bereavement. But of course, deaths from natural causes can also include traumatic elements; professionals have heard family members express their shock in words like, “I knew he would die one day; I just didn’t expect it now.”

The unexpectedness of the death paired with the lack of opportunity to say goodbye makes these kinds of losses especially difficult to grieve. This workshop will overview the current thinking about the contribution of trauma to grief. Moreover, we will discover together practical ways both professionals and volunteers can be helpful—in the early hours after loss and along the difficult road ahead.

As many of our health care partners know, on February 16, our presenter, Dr. Bill Hoy was involved in a horrific car crash in which a long-time friend in the back seat was killed when they were rear-ended by an 18-wheeler with a distracted driver. Bill and his front seat passenger, the husband of the friend who died were seriously injured. In this workshop, Bill will transparently share how his training and experience have—and have not—been helpful in walking through this experience of traumatic loss.

At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to…

* Effectively assess the role of trauma plays in the bereaved individual’s experience

* Apply the “Compass Model” of bereavement to unexpected death

* Assist individuals as they sort through narratives and images in making meaning of the loss

* Enhance skills of compassionate presence, cultural customs, and open-ended questioning in supporting family members and friends after trauma

* Explain the impact of traumatic stress disorders (such as PTSD) on the bereavement process

* Provide proven intervention strategies to help the patient/client/friend effectively integrate the traumatic loss into life

For more than 30 years, William G. Hoy has walked alongside the dying and bereaved as well as provided continuing education to colleagues in health care and human service professions. He holds a full-time teaching and research post as Clinical Professor of Medical Humanities at Baylor University where he has taught since 2012. Prior to his move to Baylor, Dr. Hoy directed the clinical counseling program (bereavement, social work, and pastoral care) for a large southern California hospice and community bereavement center.

In addition to his graduate education in counseling, Bill holds the Fellow in Thanatology, the highest professional certification for advanced practice professionals in the field of death, dying, and bereavement. He is author of more than 125 articles and a half-dozen books, the latest of which is Bereavement Groups and the Role of Social Support: Integrating Theory, Research, and Practice (Routledge, 2016).

Bill and Debbie Hoy are parents to two adult children and they make their home in rural central Texas, about 25 miles from the Baylor campus.

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