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Techniques of Grief Therapy with Dr. Robert A. Neimeyer

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TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing®

3033 Wilson Blvd

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Arlington, VA 22201

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The TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing® is honored to bring internationally recognized scholar, author, speaker and practicing psychologist, Robert A. Neimeyer, PhD to Arlington, VA for this 2-day experiential workshop.


Techniques of Grief Therapy: Creative Practices for Counseling the Bereaved

As contemporary models of bereavement have become more nuanced and empirically informed, so too have the practices available to grief counselors and therapists.

This 2-day workshop offers in-depth training in several of these techniques, nesting them both within the therapy relationship and in the context of current theories and research that provide flexible frameworks for intervention.

Making extensive use of actual clinical videos as well as how-to instruction in the use of numerous therapeutic tools, we will discuss and practice several methods for helping clients integrate the reality of the loss into the ongoing story of their lives, while also reconstructing their continuing bond to their loved one.



Day 1: Processing the Event Story of the Death

Beginning with a discussion of the power of presence as a fundamental dimension of the therapeutic “holding environment,” we will consider how we can quickly assess our clients’ needs, particularly when they struggle with complicated, prolonged grief symptomatology. We will then discuss how to foster a safe relational container for a healing “re-telling” of the loss experience, anchoring such work in both contemporary meaning reconstruction and dual process models and related research.

Drawing on clinical videos of clients contending with losses through cancer, sudden accident and suicide, we will learn to listen between the lines of the stories clients tell themselves and others about the death to grasp more fully the unvoiced meaning of their grief, and how we can help them integrate the event story of the death into the larger narrative of their lives. Participants should conclude the session with sharpened skills for clinical assessment, a clearer appreciation for the challenge to meaning and spiritualty associated with violent death bereavement, and an expanded toolbox for using metaphor, body work and a variety of narrative procedures for helping clients make sense of the loss and their response to it.

Schedule:

9:00-10:30 am - The Power of Presence: Orienting to Client Needs and Resources
10:30-10:45 am - Break
10:45 am-12:15 pm - Restorative Retelling: Mastering the Narrative of the Death
12:15-1:15 pm - Lunch
1:15-2:45 pm - Analogical Listening: Exploring Sensed Meanings of Grief
2:45-3:00 pm - Break
3:00-4:30 pm - Chapters of Our Lives: Rewriting Stories of Loss



Day 2: Accessing the Back Story of the Relationship

Death may end a life, but not necessarily a relationship. Drawing on attachment-informed and two-track models of bereavement, we will begin by considering grieving as a process of reconstructing rather than relinquishing our bonds with those who have died, and the circumstances that can interfere with this natural process. Clinical videos bearing on the death of parents, children and spouses will sensitize participants to various impediments to revisiting and reorganizing the “back story” of the ongoing relationship with the deceased, as well as to several techniques that can help move such work forward.

Creative narrative, emotion-focused and performative methods will be presented and practiced for re-introducing the deceased into the social and psychological world of the bereaved, fostering a sustaining sense of connection and alliance with the loved one in embracing a changed future, and working through issues of guilt, anger and abandonment triggered by the death and the shared life that preceded it. Participants will leave with several tools for assessing “pro-symptom positions” that complicate grieving, helping clients appreciate the role of the loved one in their construction of their own identities, and re-accessing and revising frozen dialogues with the deceased that hamper post-loss adaptation.

Schedule:

9:00-10:30 am - Continuing Bonds: Tracking Through Bereavement
10:30-10:45 am - Break
10:45 am-12:15 pm - Remembering Conversations: Re-introducing the Deceased
12:15-1:15 pm - Lunch
1:15-2:45 pm - Encountering Resistance: Working with Pro-symptom Positions
2:45-3:00 pm - Break
3:00-4:30 pm - Enacting Emotion: Reopening Dialogues with the Dead



CONTINUING EDUCATION

Continuing education (12 hours) is available for a variety of boards through the TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing®. CE fee is included in the registration fee. Attendance is required both days to obtain CE certificate. Instructions for obtaining CEs will be provided at the event. Click here for the board approvals list.



PROGRAM DETAILS

Seating is limited. Registration fee is $150 and includes continuing education fees and lunch both days. Click here to print program details.

Refund Policy: Cancellations must be received via email to institute@taps.org and are eligible for a refund according to the terms below. Substitutions are allowed. Refunds cannot be credited towards future Institute events or programs.

  • Before January 1: 100% refund
  • January 1-14: 50% refund
  • January 15-24: 25% refund
  • After January 24 and no-shows: no refund



ABOUT THE PRESENTER

Robert A. Neimeyer, PhD

Dr. Neimeyer is Professor in the Department of Psychology, University of Memphis, where he also maintains an active clinical practice. Since completing his doctoral training at the University of Nebraska in 1982, he has published 30 books, including Techniques of Grief Therapy: Creative Practices for Counseling the Bereaved and Grief and the Expressive Arts: Practices for Creating Meaning (both with Routledge), and serves as Editor of the journal Death Studies. The author of nearly 500 articles and book chapters, he is currently working to advance a more adequate theory of grieving as a meaning-making process, both in his published work and through his frequent professional workshops for national and international audiences. The recipient of the MISS Foundation’s Phoenix Award: Rising to the Service of Humanity, Neimeyer served as Chair of the International Work Group for Death, Dying, & Bereavement and President of the Association for Death Education and Counseling. In recognition of his scholarly contributions, he has been granted the Eminent Faculty Award by the University of Memphis, made a Fellow of the Clinical Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association, and given Lifetime Achievement Awards by both the Association for Death Education and Counseling and the International Network on Personal Meaning.



FAQs

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Public parking is available at the 3033 Wilson Boulevard garage for $10 and there are several public garages within walking distance. Street parking is available and the Clarendon metro station (Orange & Silver Lines) is across the street. Uber is readily available from anywhere.

Is there a discounted hotel rate for this workshop?

Discounted rates are not available. The Institute is located in Arlington, just outside DC, so there are plenty of nearby hotel options in Arlington, DC, Alexandria, and Falls Church to choose from. The closest hotels are Hyatt Place Arlington/Courthouse Plaza, Residence Inn by Marriott Arlington Courthouse, Hilton Garden Inn Arlington/Courthouse Plaza, and Clarion Collection Hotel Arlington Court Suites. We recommend booking early.

What is the closest airport?

Reagan National (DCA) is 5 miles away; Dulles (IAD) is 23 miles; and Baltimore (BWI) is 38 miles. DC is notorious for heavy commuting traffic, so we suggest you try to plan your arrival and departure times with that in mind if arriving at or departing from Dulles or Baltimore.

Can I bring a friend or colleague to the event with me?

We'd love you to, but please ask them to register due to the registration fee and limited seating.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Email Institute@taps.org or call 800-959-8277 (TAPS).

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