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Annual caregiver event set for Nov. 2, 3

In keeping with our annual tradition of honoring those working in the hospice field during November (National Hospice Month), Phaneuf Funeral Homes and Crematorium will again host a free accredited program on Wednesday, Nov. 2 in Manchester, New Hampshire and Thursday, Nov. 3 in Brattleboro, Vermont.

This year’s offering is the Hospice Foundation of America’s (HFA) 2022 Living with Grief® program, Trauma and Loss , and provides two free CE credits available directly from the HFA following the event.

This program focuses on specific issues raised when losses are sudden and traumatic, shattering the bereaved individual’s assumption that the world is safe, benevolent, and predictable. These deaths can result from accidents and disasters; suicides or overdoses; homicide and terrorism; military or service related deaths; or the unexpected trajectories of illnesses. 

The program explores the factors that complicate grief and uses case studies to highlight ways to treat  such losses. The program concludes with a discussion of vicarious traumatization and strategies for self care.

The program is mainly for professionals working in the field, but is practical for all levels of education – entry level, intermediate or advanced. Health care clinicians, social service clinicians and others working in  hospice, palliative care, counseling, hospital, nursing home, funeral home or faith community environments would all benefit.

Two locations and times:

Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022, Phaneuf, 243 Hanover St., Manchester, NH

9:30 -10 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast

10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Welcome, Educational Video


Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022, Ker Phaneuf, 57 High St., Brattleboro, VT

1 – 1:30 p.m. Registration and Refreshments

1:30 – 4 p.m. Welcome, Educational Video

Panelists for the Trauma and Loss presentation are:

  • Jillian Blueford, PhD, LPC, NCC, CT, clinical assistant professor for the school counseling program at the University of Denver, a licensed professional counselor in the state of Colorado, and certified in Thanatology: Death, Dying, and Bereavement.
  • Ken Doka, PhD, MDiv, senior vice president, Grief Programs for HFA and recipient of the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Death Education and Counseling
  • Therese Rando, PhD, BCETS, BCBT, clinical psychologist in Warwick, Rhode Island. She is the clinical director of The Institute for the Study and Treatment of Loss, which provides mental health services through psychotherapy, training, supervision, and consultation, and specializes in: loss and grief; traumatic stress; and the psychosocial care of persons with chronic, life-threatening, or terminal illness, and their loved ones.

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Define traumatic loss, vicarious traumatization and loss of one’s assumptive world
  • Indicate four selected examples of traumatic loss
  • Describe factors common to traumatic loss as well as the specific issues raised in the varied types of traumatic losses that may potentially complicate grief
  • Discuss possible strategies and best practices for counseling, using case studies
  • Describe strategies to minimize and/or treat vicarious traumatization

This is a free event, but pre-registration is required. Please RSVP here and share this link with anyone you think would be interested.

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