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Virginia Tech to host grief workshop May 18 at SVHEC

Staff report • May 1, 2007 at 10:12 AM

ABINGDON - Virginia Tech's Southwest Center in Abingdon will host a one-day workshop: "Helping Others Cope with Grief: Therapeutic Interventions Following Loss" at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon on May 18 from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

This workshop is intended to provide counselors, social workers, psychologists, human service workers, nurses, clergy, teachers and other helping professionals an overview and understanding of death, grief and loss responses. Components of the workshop will include how to work with diverse populations including adults, children and adolescents.

Alan Forrest will employ instructive and experiential methods to provide participants with the opportunity to examine therapeutic counseling approaches with grieving individuals and to look more closely at personal loss experiences.

The workshop will focus on the developmental perspective of death, loss and grief, attitudes toward death, clinical assessment of grief, therapeutic interventions, counseling models, counselor concerns and introspection.

Workshop objectives include the following:

•Provide models of loss and grief as related to working with individuals.

•Gain a greater understanding of the grief process.

•Effectively identify and assess grief.

•Increase the ability to provide effective therapeutic interventions to individuals and families experiencing a death, loss and grief response.

•Learn clinical applications of counseling strategies and treatment approaches.

•Become aware of self-care concerns when working with grieving individuals.

To register for the workshop visit www.cpe.vt.edu/reg/glw/. If you prefer registering on paper, a registration form may be printed from this Web site.

If you do not have computer access, contact the Virginia Tech Southwest Center at (276) 619-4310 or (276) 619-4311 for assistance with registration.

The registration fee is $75, which does not include lunch.

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