Howard Winokuer Workshop 2 (Two-day)

Workshop Title
Grief Counseling in Difficult Situations: Traumatic deaths and Disenfranchised Grief

Purpose/ Objective of Workshop
At the completion of the course, the participant will be able:

  1. To work more effectively with difficult grief situations of Traumatic deaths and Disenfranchised grief.
  2. To understand the difference in normal and atypical grief reactions-- “red flags”
  3. To utilize communication and counseling techniques of narratives, empowerment conversation, working with the hear-and-now, and beyond “talking” in therapy.
  4. To understand the value of using different therapeutic modalities in working with difficult situations. Person-centered therapy, Existential therapy, Gestalt therapy, and Cognitive-behavioral therapy

To utilize specific grief therapy resources of therapeutic writing (spontaneous and directed), client-generated metaphors, ecotherapy strategies and cinematography in therapy, to enable the clinician to work more effectively with clients.

Brief Description
This course examines key concepts related to the human response to loss and the facilitation of healthy bereavement. Topics include theoretical models of the grief experience, uncomplicated bereavement using the most current research and theoretical perspectives in the field, disenfranchised grief and anticipatory grief. The course will give participants specific strategies and counseling tools to help them work more effectively with their clients.  The course will also include case scenarios and an actual grief counseling demonstration.

Target Participants (and any pre-requisite)
Principles and Practices of Grief Counseling is an intermediate course for those individuals who have are looking to further their knowledge of counseling theories, counseling skills and best practices to enhance their ability to work more effectively with their clients.  In this course, students will learn about the most recent therapeutic modes of grief, goals and techniques for counseling the bereaved and dying, the characteristics of effective counselors and specific interventions that may be helpful in working with bereaved clients. This workshop will also address the issue of anticipatory grief and the needs of the critically ill and their family members?

Recommended Text
Winokuer, H.R., & Harris, D.L (2012). Principles and practices of grief Counseling. New York, NY: Springer Publishing


Facilitator Bio

As the founder of The Winokuer Center for Counseling and Healing, Howard Winokuer has been working in the field of dying, death and bereavement for over 30 years. Bringing his experience as a grief counselor, college professor, author and hospice professional, Dr. Winokuer delivers a comprehensive view of our field “from the trenches,” helping colleagues understand the wide range of intricacies of grief counseling. Dr. Winokuer is a much sought-after speaker having presented programs throughout North America and in 11 foreign countries.  He has written many articles on grief and was co-editor of Grief and Bereavement in Contemporary Society: Bridging Research and Practice (2011) and co-author of Principles and Practices of Grief Counseling (2012). Dr. Winokuer is the past president of Association for Death Education and Counseling.