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Learning to Live w. Traumatic Loss: Value of Self-Help Grief Support Groups

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An option for those suffering from traumatic loss may be to find a grief support group. We'll cover pros and cons of joining such a group.

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Institute on Aging welcomes you to a 90-minute online training, presented by Patrick Arbore, EdD, Founder of The Friendship Line and Director of the Center for Elderly Suicide Prevention and Grief Related Services (CESP), at IOA.

One need not be living or working in San Francisco City and County, to reap benefit from this training.

As Smith wrote in 1978, “Those of us who become deeply attached to others undergo a massive and prolonged period of pain and readjustment when they die.”

The experience of loss and grief is highly individual and intensely personal, reflecting a unique interaction of person, loss event, and the multiple contexts in which that loss and grief occur. In a grief-denying culture, however, a common response to someone who has been grieving is: “Aren’t you over that yet?” or “Please don’t talk about death, it’s too depressing.”

Where can someone who is grieving turn for help? One can choose to find a therapist knowledgeable with traumatic loss; a therapy group; or a self-help grief support group. In this presentation, we will address the pros and cons of grief support groups and highlight the various grief groups offered through the Institute on Aging, in San Francisco.

Your Instructor: Patrick Arbore, EdD, Founder of The Friendship Line and Director of the Center for Elderly Suicide Prevention and Grief Related Services (CESP)---both programs at Institute on Aging. Dr. Arbore conducts workshops and presents lectures, both locally and nationally, and is the author of numerous articles and book chapters on a variety of aging-related topics. He has also been a Senior Lecturer at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, CA; an occasional Lecturer in the School of Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley; and an Adjunct Faculty member at The Wright Institute. Dr. Arbore is the recipient of several awards including: the 2013 Mental Health and Aging Award presented by the American Society on Aging; a Silver Medalist for Public Service sponsored by the Jefferson Award Regional Committee; and the 2016 Norma Satten Community Service Innovation Award for his commitment to human rights and community living.

Joining Dr. Arbore in the presentation will be IOA volunteer grief facilitators, who will share their insights into the different grief groups that IOA offers, and their perspectives about grief groups in general.

Date: Thursday, January 20th,12:30-2: p.m. (Pacific Time)

Place: online. You will receive your Zoom meeting link for joining this event, after you register.

Cost: Free for General tickets; $15.00 for Continuing Education tickets.

Continuing Education for this program is available for the following (1.5 Continuing Education Units): BRN; CAMFT (serves LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs); MCLE.

All Continuing Education certificates will be delivered digitally, within 14 working days of the event. After the program, an online survey will be offered for those who wish to receive CEs.

Registration Ends on January 20th at 12:25 p.m.

This class will be appropriate for those in aging services, including: family therapists; social workers; nurses; elder-law practitioners; long-term care administrators; gerontologists, human resources professionals and others. But it will also be very helpful and of interest to the lay person. No previous knowledge of the content area is required.

By the end of this event participants will be able to:

• Recognize at least three characteristics of traumatic loss

• Identify at least three reasons for seeking a self-help grief group

• Evaluate at least three benefits of grief support groups

• Appraise at least three possible pitfalls of self-help grief support groups

If you seek 1.5 professional Continuing Education Units, please note this in your reservation.

Also note that BBS no longer delivers CEs. CAMFT does offer CEs to LCSWs.

For further information or cancellation (within 24 hours prior to event), in addition to questions, grievances, concerns, and special accommodations for disabilities, please contact Caitlin Morgan, Education Manager, Institute on Aging, at cmorgan@ioaging.org, or (415) 750-4114.

Continuing Education Information (1.5 Continuing Education Units): BRN; CAMFT (serves LCSWs/MFTs/LEPs/LPCCs); MCLE (Attorneys/Fiduciaries)

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN), Provider # CEP13610, for 1.5 Contact Hours

CAMFT: Institute on Aging is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for this program. IOA maintains responsibility for the course and its content. Course meets the qualifications for 1.5 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs. CAMFT provider number is #135377.

State Bar of California (MCLE) : Course meets the qualifications for 1.5 hours of continuing education credit for Attorneys & Licensed Fiduciaries (Provider #13264).

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