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Burke Presents - Grief: Strategies for Helping Sensitive Populations

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Pitser Garrison Convention Center

601 N. 2nd St.

Lufkin, TX 75901

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Grief: Strategies for Helping Sensitive Populations

As people with intellectual disabilities experience a significant loss, they are often given little or no support from those who could, from the outside, be considered their support system; that is, friends, siblings, parents, staff, teachers, classmates, and neighbors, as well as organizations and groups that are designed to give support. A significant number of people with intellectual disabilities are not even told of the death of a significant person because the care providers may feel that the person “would not be able to deal with the news”. Also, when non-death losses occur, these losses are often not recognized, let alone supported. Certainly, there are many care providers who work with people with intellectual disabilities who do show support, and there are others who would show support if they were more comfortable with “what to do”. Thus the focus of this workshop.

The morning session will address the topics of cyclical grief, the use of rituals, caregivers self-care, myths about grief, disenfranchised grief, and "The Eleven Things to Think About: Companioning People with Developmental Disability Through Grief"

The afternoon session will address how children understand death and how to help children grieve and mourn in a healthy manner. Then in the final session suicide prevention will be covered, including myths about suicide, and how to support those who are grieving because a significant person in their life died from suicide.

Presenter: Marc Markell is a professor at St. Cloud State University in the Department of Special Education, and also teaches in the Department of Mortuary Sciences at the University of Minnesota part-time. His primary areas of interest at St. Cloud State include teaching grief and loss education, literacy instruction for students with special needs, behavior management techniques, sexuality education, and teaching about anti-oppression. Marc is a certified Thanatologist through the Association of Death Educators and counseling and certified in Death and Grief Studies from Colorado State University through the Center for Loss and Life Transition.

Schedule:

8:00 - 8:30 am - Check-in

8:30 - noon - Workshop 1: Companioning Individuals with Intellectual and Developmetal Disabilities Through Grief

noon - 1:30 pm - Lunch on your own

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm - Workshop 2: Children and Grief

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm - Suicide Prevention and Grief

This program has applied for 5.0 hours of continuing education hours for social workers, LPC’s and LMFT’s.

All registrations are final. Registrations are not refundable, they may, however, be transferred to another individual with 24 hours notice. Please email kinnie.reina@myburke.org.

Limited seats are available, registration is required in advance.

If you are a Burke employee, please contact your supervisor for a coupon code.

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Pitser Garrison Convention Center

601 N. 2nd St.

Lufkin, TX 75901

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