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Continuing Education

Counseling Clients Experiencing Grief and Loss: A Fresh Perspective

Date: 1:00pm PST December 5 Location: York Graduate Center, Room 115

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    Michael Kahn, M.Ed., J.D., LPC

York Graduate Center, Room 115

Grief and loss are common therapeutic themes though not always identified as such, particularly when non-death related. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross and her five stages were long held up as the standard model for working through grief and loss even though her research was with dying individuals. Fortunately, one-size-fits-all models are no longer the standard. 

In this workshop, we will discuss new ways to describe the impact of grief on our clients, including discussions on resilience and posttraumatic growth. Our focus will also be on the importance of tailoring our interventions to the individual, including a consideration of differing grieving styles. We will watch clips from theatrical films to illustrate and expand on the issues.

After this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe therapeutic approaches for different grieving styles
  • Describe current research on resilience and posttraumatic growth and how this impacts our work with grieving clients
  • Learn how to identify complicated grief and discuss what works 
  • Identify and experience a variety of counseling strategies and creative interventions, including use of visual arts and music 

Workshop Details & Registration

Date: Friday, December 5, 2014

Time: 1-5:30 p.m.

Instructor: Michael Kahn, M.Ed., J.D., LPC

Cost: $75 by 11/17, $85 after, includes 4.5 CEUs or PDUs, $30 students. Lewis & Clark Alumni save 20%.

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About the Instructor

Michael Kahn, LPC, holds a M.Ed. in Counseling from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a J.D. from the Dickinson School of Law. He has been a counselor since 1994 and his areas of focus include grief and men’s issues. Michael presents workshops on ethics, grief, diversity and other topics for mental health professionals throughout the U.S. and abroad, including for the U.S. military here and in Germany. He also presents ethics workshops for attorneys. Michael wrote the chapter Saying Goodbye: Loss and Bereavement” in Cinemeducation, Volume 2: Using Film and Other Visual Media in Graduate and Medical Education. He is among the forefront in his field on the use of film in therapy and workshops. In his free time Michael makes documentary films.

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