A Dynamic Understanding Of Loss Across the Lifespan

ID: 1076WEB

Loss is a universal human experience, yet we have a tendency to only acknowledge losses due to death as worthy of therapeutic attention. This program starts with a unique premise: all of life is about loss and therefore it is imperative for social workers to be skilled at identifying less recognizable losses as well as more common ones. Social workers must be adept at helping people process the meaning of that loss in their life.

The program will cover losses at each stage of human development, looking at normative losses as well as those that are often not recognized or not discussed due to stigma and community values and standards. We will consider the differences among grief, mourning, bereavement, and depression and explore treatment techniques and strategies. [Elective for Gerontology Certificate Program]

Fee: $60.00
Continuing Ed. Hours (CEH): 3.0 General

Instructor: Stephen Sidorsky, LCSW
Date: Thursday, May 16, 2024
Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm ET
Location: Live Interactive Online Webinar

Webinar Objectives

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

  • Discuss the concepts of loss and grief in the context of culture, cohort, gender, and life experience
  • Describe the evolution of grief theory: Freudian theory, stage vs. task theories, meaning-making, narrative creation, and continuing bonds
  • Name four types of loss and our responses to them – ambiguous loss, disenfranchised loss, simple and complicated grief
  • Apply the mediators of mourning to understand the effects of loss
  • Distinguish bereavement and mourning from depression
  • State clinical strategies for working with bereaved individuals and their families

    Webinar Outline

    10:00 am Welcome/Introductions/Ground Rules
    10:15 am Definitions of the concept of loss; group exercise
    10:30 am The evolution of grief history
    10:45 am Understanding loss in a cultural context; video: "Why African-American seniors are less likely to use hospice"
    11:00 am Understanding different types of loss and bereavement
    11:30 am Social and cultural factors affecting a person's experience of loss and resulting responses
    12:00 pm Bereavement, mourning and depression as codified in the DSM-5
    12:15 pm Clinical strategies to work with individuals; group work, psychoeducation
    12:30 pm Case discussions
    1:00 pm Conclusion/Q&A

    Target Audience

    Social Workers and Allied Health Professionals

    Content Level

    Beginner - Advanced

    Webinar Completion Requirements

    To earn CE credit, social workers must log in at the scheduled time, attend the entire course, and complete an online course evaluation. Certificates of completion will be emailed within 10 business days of course completion.

    System Requirements

    • Operating Systems: Windows XP or higher, MacOS 9 or higher, Android 4.0 or higher
    • Internet Browser: Internet Explorer 9.0 or higher, Google Chrome, Firefox 10.0 or higher
    • Broadband Internet connection: Cable, High-speed DSL & any other medium that is internet accessible.

    About the Instructor

    Stephen Sidorsky, LCSW, is a part-time lecturer at the Rutgers School of Social Work, where he teaches Clinical Social Work: Aging and Loss Across the Lifespan. In the Continuing Education Gerontology Program he teaches webinars on ethics, counseling with older adults, and economic policy and the elderly. He was previously the Director of the George Otlowski Center for Mental Health Care in Perth Amboy and at Jewish Family Services in Fair Lawn.

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