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Treatment Issues in Death, Loss & Grief: A Systems Perspective

Date: 9:00am PST February 10 Location: Lewis & Clark Graduate School, South Chapel

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Lewis & Clark Graduate School, South Chapel

This course for counselors, therapists and other practitioners will explore the experience of death and loss through a systems perspective, addressing the clinical applications of a family systems approach to treating various types of losses which involve the death of a loved one or family member.

A portion of this course will focus on the meaning-making process and a therapist’s role in facilitating, what is often considered a difficult and taboo topic. Additionally, participants will examine common social rules that govern the expression of grief in Western society, the role of shame, and how these constructs might shape the expression of grief.

Following this workshop, participants will have the ability to:

  • Describe various types of losses and what sets each apart in both experience and therapeutic treatment
  • Assess a systems grief process according to the family adaptational tasks of grief
  • Engage the topic of death and loss in therapy with those that are from diverse cultures and belief systems
  • Integrate photographic images into bereavement therapy, enhancing discussion and meaning making processes

Class Details & Registration

Dates: Friday, February 10, 2017

Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Instructors: Jessica Thomas, PhD, LMFT

Noncredit: $125 by 1/19, $150 after. Includes 6 CEUs or PDUs. Lewis & Clark alumni save 20%.

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About the Instructor

Jessica Thomas, PhD, LMFT  holds a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy and a PhD in Psychology with an emphasis in Transpersonal Psychology. She is a therapist, clinical supervisor and organizational consultant that specializes in death, dying and grief at her private practice Reflective Therapy & Consulting LLC. She has been a hospice volunteer for over six years, and a volunteer for PDX Death Cafe’s- a movement working to open up the discussion of death in the greater community. Dr. Thomas currently serves on the board of the NW Association for Death Education and Bereavement Support. As an adjunct professor at Lewis and Clark College, she teaches on death, loss and psycho-spiritual crises. Dr. Thomas’s doctoral research, Mindful Photography and its Implications in End-of-life Caregiving: An Art-based Phenomenology focused on creative expression and the experience of anticipatory loss. Jessica utilizes mindful photography as a spiritual practice and in therapy groups with those experiencing grief and loss.
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