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Continuing Education

Application of Dialectical Behavior Therapy when working in Grief and Bereavement

Date: 9:00am - 5:00pm PDT June 28 Location: Lewis & Clark Graduate School, South Chapel

Lewis & Clark Graduate School, South Chapel

While grief is a normal, healthy response to loss, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) approaches in therapy can support clients in processing their grief, as well as help them move through the grieving process­—rather than getting stuck in avoidance, maladaptive coping or other obstacles to healthy processing.

DBT is a comprehensive cognitive-behavior treatment that has been proven to reduce suicidal behavior, psychiatric hospitalizations, treatment drop out, substance abuse, binge eating, anger and interpersonal difficulties. DBT approaches can also support clients who are presenting with complex grief.

Through lecture, small group work and interactive role playing, participants in this experiential workshop will learn how to use the tools and therapist style associated with traditional DBT therapy in working with clients who have experienced loss. Clinical countertransference and boundary setting when working with grief clients will also be examined. The workshop will explore normal versus complicated grief and how bereavement counselors can use DBT to benefit and change the lives of their clients.

Participants in this workshop will learn:

  • What to expect with a grieving client, styles of grieving, and what the first year might look like for the affected individual in treatment
  • Normal versus complicated grief versus clinical depression
  • Symptom overlap and understanding of trauma between mental health clients and grief clients
  • Understanding trauma, with both BPD and Grief clients
  • Boundary setting with grief clients
  • Transference and counter transference
  • DBT tools that will benefit bereaved clients
  • How therapy and the therapeutic relationship facilitates your client feeling pain associated with grief without self destructive behaviors
  • Dual process model

Participant Prerequisite: Workshop attendees must have a foundational understanding of DBT. Experience with individual therapy and/or with trauma survivors within the DBT model is recommended, including an understanding of the triggers clinicians may feel in both DBT and grief settings. DBT theory or it’s traditional model will not be covered in this training.

Workshop Details & Registration

Date: Friday, June 28, 2019, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Instructor: Elyse Beckman, MA, LPC, NCC

Cost: $125 before 6/5, $150 after, includes 7 CEUs, $50 student rate (Student slots are limited. Please see prerequisite information). Lewis & Clark Alumni save 20%.

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    Please note: Student registrations are for current students only and do not include continuing education credit (CEU/PDUs)

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About the Presenter

Elyse Beckman, MA, LPC, NCC is a therapist working for Providence Health and Services – Hospice department as a Bereavement Counselor. She has had extensive experience working with grief in various clinical settings for both adults and children. She is a trained Dialectical Behavioral Therapy therapist and worked in a structured DBT program for three years before moving to Hospice. She leads trainings for many different professions covering these topics. She is a clinical supervisor and adjunct professor at Lewis and Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling.

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