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"Soul Injury: Liberating Unmourned Loss and Unforgiven Guilt"

Thursday, January 25, 2018

The Westin Hotel, Columbus, OH

(Commons Parking Garage directly across street from hotel : hourly rates or $8 for all day.)

8:30am Sign-in    9:00-11:30am Program    $30*

(No charge for military veterans, registration required.)

2.0 CEU's

CEU's are offered via NASW, NBCC, NAADAC, ANCCCA, APC, and others. To view complete listing, visit https://hospicefoundation.org/getattachment/HFA-Products/Soul-Injury/SOUL.pdf.aspx.   (Also recently approved by the Ohio Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors.) 

The basis for addressing “soul injury” originated with a group of VA hospice nurses who cared for 10,000 dying Veterans. The nurses witnessed “soul injuries” firsthand as they surfaced unbidden on dying combat Veterans.  This program is for those who have been affected by trauma, grief, war, disasters, and abuse, as well as those who serve them.  Often unrecognized insidious wounds remain after trauma, violence, and loss.  These soul injuries cause feelings of defectiveness and rob us of the essence of our being.  Who should attend:  healthcare providers, mental health practitioners, clergy, veterans, and interested community members. 

This event is free for military veterans, with registration. 

Founded by Deborah Grassman, CEO of Opus Peace, "Soul Injury" features a DVD presentation by Grassman and in-person presentation by Amy Billa, MA, LSW.  Discover information about how soul restoration includes learning to re-own scattered pieces of self and wholeness. “Warrior wisdom” has shown how forgiveness and self-compassion can impact a person’s being.  Fee is $30 if paid by January 19. *After deadline add $10. Please arrive early to allow for parking and sign-in. [This event is held on the same day as another CEU event, below.  Pay for both events by the deadline and lunch is included in the fee.]  Deadline to register: 1-19-18.  

"Grief and Children: Strategies for the Journey"

Thursday, January 25, 2018

The Westin Hotel, Columbus, OH

(Commons Parking Garage directly across street from hotel : hourly rates or $8 for all day.)

12:15pm Sign-in    12:45-4:00pm Program    $45*

3.0 CEU’s will be provided to nurses, social workers and counselors via CSWMFT Board (an approved CE provider for Ohio Nurses.  Recently approved for CEU's by the Ohio Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors.)  

Children often have a grief response to loss from abuse, family displacement and death of a loved one.  Children who experience a significant loss often struggle with grief into adulthood.  This event will explore how children of different developmental stages respond to grief and present techniques for serving grieving children ages 6 through 17.   This workshop will engage participants’ minds and hearts while enhancing knowledge and strategies in working with children affected by grief and loss. Healthcare providers, clergy, teachers, and child protective services professionals are encouraged to attend.

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 Objectives will include: enhancing knowledge of contemporary grief theory; increasing skills in working with children who have experienced a significant loss; and improving understanding of how grief affects social and familial relationships, school performance and well-being.    *Fee is $45 if paid by 1-19-18.  Add $10 if paying after deadline. [This event is held on the same day as another CEU event, above.  Pay for both events by the deadline and lunch is included in the fee.] ​ Registration deadline is 1-19-18.

“Grief and Healthcare Providers: Assisting Clients and Patients”

Community Counseling Services, 2458 Stetzer Road, Bucyrus, OH

$20*

Thursday, December 7, 2017

8:15-8:30 Sign-In        8:30 - 12:00 Training

3.0 CEU’s for Nurses, Social Workers, and Licensed Professional Counselors from Ohio CSWMFT Board. 

(* Thank you to Community Counseling Services for co-sponsoring this event to provide a reduced cost per CEU.)

What treatment challenges might appear when an established client or patient experiences the death of a loved one?  Trauma training is everywhere, but they frequently do not include grief content: is the grief response the same as the trauma response?  What does research say about gender differences during grief?  How do healthcare providers, the healers of our society, go about their mission when facing their own loss... or not facing their unresolved loss?  In typical fashion, the Presenter will engage your heart and mind while increasing your knowledge about assisting your clients and patients during bereavement and their grief journey.  This half-day training will hold your attention and challenge your thinking with lecture, activities, research outcomes, and examples.  

Who should attend: nurses, physicians, mental health clinicians, nursing facility staff, and anyone who would like to increase their knowledge about the course objectives listed.

Course Objectives:

Increase knowledge in the areas of: effects of unresolved loss on the healthcare and mental health professional; techniques when assisting the grieving client/patient; serving an increasingly diverse cultural community; contemporary grief theories involving "tasks" and "process"; coping techniques your clients and patients can begin immediately; basic differences and comparison of trauma response and grief response.

Deadline to register 12-4-17. 

Fee:  $20.  You may pay on this site or at-the-door. Registration is required to guarantee your seat.  (If you elect to pay on this site, go to the "Register" page and scroll to "Buy Now" button.)  Space is limited.

Tuesday, November 14,  

6-8:00pm

Shelby Senior Center, 33 Broadway Street Shelby, OH

"Coping with Grief at the Holidays" 

This free event is provided as a community service, designed especially for those who are grieving during the holiday season.  Sponsored by Barkdull Funeral Home & Crematory.  Facilitated by Amy Billa, MA, LSW.  No registration is required for this event.

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"Coping with Grief at the Holidays"

Thursday, November 9, 2017

6:30 - 8:00pm

Hosted by: St. Paul United Methodist Church, 746 Cherry Street, Galion, OH

No registration is required for this free event.  Doors open at 6:00pm

The holidays are challenging for those dealing with grief and loss. While others are typically enjoying festivities, people who are grieving are struggling with enduring each day leading up to a holiday without a loved one.  Encompassing lecture, stories, and educational information, this event will be facilitated by Amy Billa, MA, LSW. 

For more information call Pastor Welch at 419-468-4557.

St. Paul United Methodist Church offers a monthly grief support group, open to anyone in the community.

Event is co-sponsored by:

Community Counseling Services, Serving Crawford County for More Than 38 Years

“End of Life Conversations for Families & Professionals”

North Central State College, Fallerius Building, Room 127

Mansfield, OH

$25 *

Thursday, October 19, 2017, 8:15 – 11:30am

Deadline to Register: 10-16-17

Through lecture, stories, research data, and activities, increase your knowledge and techniques surrounding discussions and difficult questions about end of life.  Is grief a task to endure with finite stages?  Is it acceptable to discuss a terminal illness on the job?  How do we manage conversations with family and co-workers about impending loss or after a death?  This workshop is designed to engage both the mind and heart of participants and leave them with meaningful and relevant information.

3.0 CEU’s for Nurses, Social Workers, and Licensed Professional Counselors from Ohio CSWMFT Board.

Who should attend:  Healthcare providers, educators, clergy, mental health clinicians, college students studying nursing/human services/education, anyone who would like to increase their skills and knowledge about grief and communication about end of life issues.


Course Objectives:

Increase knowledge of the grieving process, mourning and bereavement; develop and enhance techniques and strategies for necessary and difficult conversations in the workplace and with family members regarding end of life; increase knowledge regarding anticipatory grief and the effects loss can have on our professional and personal relationships.

* Deadline to register 10-16-17.  Receive discount by paying $25 on this site by 10-16-17.  After 10-16-17 pay $30.  Whether paying now or at-the-door, everyone must register by 10-16-17 to be guaranteed a seat.  Register for both sessions and pay only $35 by 10-16-17.  (Visit the "Register and Contact" page.)  OSU/NCSC students just $10 per session.

“Cultural and Spiritual Differences Surrounding Death and Grief”

North Central State College, Fallerius Building, Room 127

Mansfield, OH

$20 *

Thursday, October 19, 2017, 12:45-3:30pm

Deadline to Register: 10-16-17

 Members of the same family often have different spiritual views surrounding death.  Some cultures support loud and demonstrative mourning while some families choose to have a structured public memorial and allow only immediate family members at the funeral.  Why do some people tend to "get busy" after the death of a loved one while others are "stuck" in the numbness?  How can our community become more aware of the spiritual and cultural differences surrounding death in our own city or region?  While this training will intentionally steer clear of doctrinal discussion, the presentation will increase participants' awareness of a variety of common cultural practices regarding mourning and bereavement periods.  This event will give concrete and relevant information meant to help the individual and the larger community with enhancing our understanding of how we approach death and grief.    

2.5 CEU’s for Nurses, Social Workers, and Licensed Professional Counselors from Ohio CSWMFT Board.   2.0 CEU's for Funeral Directors.

Who should attend: Funeral directors, mental health clinicians, civic leaders, healthcare providers, clergy, nursing facility staff, anyone who would like to increase their knowledge regarding different spiritual and cultural views of death and grief.

Course Objectives:

Increase knowledge about cultural views regarding dying and bereavement; enhance techniques for interacting with people whose spiritual and cultural beliefs and practices are different than attendees’; explore participants’ experience with mourning rituals, dying, and increase knowledge of macro level community support and perspectives of the dying process.

Deadline to register 10-16-17. 

* Fee:  Receive discount by paying $20 on this site by 10-16-17.  After 10-16-17 pay $25.  Whether paying now or at-the-door, everyone must register by 10-16-17 to be guaranteed a seat.  Attend both session for only $35 when paying by 10-16-17.  (Visit the "Register and Contact" page.)  OSU/NCSC students just $10 per session.

"Young Adults & Grief: 

Awareness & Strategies for Colleges

Monday, October 9, 2017

10:00am - 1:00pm

Amy is facilitating a workshop for a university in Ohio to increase awareness regarding the effects of grief on students' social functioning, academic performance, and overall career outlook.  Research has found that more than 30% of college students have experienced a significant loss within the past 48 months.  How a college responds to a student's loss in the first semester after the loss affects overall outcomes for students.  Participants will further their knowledge and insight into the experience of grief on college campuses and strategies to support students.  Contact us if you are part of a college or university interested in a valuable workshop experience for your faculty and staff.   (There is also a presentation available which will be a great addition to your Resident Advisors' training!)