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Violent Death Bereavement Society provides training services for a wide range of community and professional groups in teaching requisite skills for implementation of comprehensive, community-based support and intervention after violent death for children and adults. Our training staff and regional consultants are available for national and international requests for training assistance, planning and consultation.
2014 Trainings
Save the Date Training Announcement: "Creative Techniques in Traumatic Grief Therapy Conference"
The Violent Death Bereavement Society is pleased to offer a two-day conference entitled "Creative Techniques in Traumatic Grief Therapy".

The death of a loved family member or friend changes our lives forever. And the passage from the life before to the life after is almost always a long, painful journey. The narrative "dilemma" of traumatic grief is the simultaneous retelling of the helpless horror of a loved one's dying reenactment superimposed on the remembrance of their loving attachment. The clashing of the narratives of reenactment and attachment spins off intense themes of trauma and attachment. This clashing is slowly retold, reframed and reconstructed by an alternative narrative of returning to life.

This training will explore the creative clinical practices and techniques used by distinguished clinicians in the field of traumatic grief. Presentations will highlight expressive exercises used to clarify and reframe the cognitive, emotional and behavioral components of traumatic grief.

Creative expression has been used to heal from traumatic experiences since ancient times. Today, a variety of therapies are used in hospitals, prisons, community mental health clinics, youth programs, hospices and other behavioral health settings as instruments for transformation, not only among children and adolescents, but throughout the life span. These forms of nonverbal expressions are often more natural ways to express thoughts and feelings that are difficult to discuss, particularly when it comes to issues surrounding grief and loss.
Event Date and Location:
October 8 & 9th, 2014, 9 am – 4 pm
Virginia Mason, Volney Richmond Auditorium
Seattle, WA
Guest Speakers:
Robert A. Neimeyer, PhD, is a Professor of Psychology, University of Memphis, where he also maintains an active clinical practice. Neimeyer has published 27 books, including Techniques of Grief Therapy: Creative Practices for Counseling the Bereaved and Grief and the Expressive Arts: Practices for Creating Meaning, the latter with Barbara Thompson, and serves as Editor of the journal Death Studies. The author of over 400 articles and book chapters and a frequent workshop presenter, he is currently working to advance a more adequate theory of grieving as a meaning-making process. Neimeyer served as President of the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) and Chair of the International Work Group for Death, Dying, & Bereavement. In recognition of his scholarly contributions, he has been granted the Eminent Faculty Award by the University of Memphis, given the Lifetime Achievement Award by ADEC, and made a Fellow of the American Psychological Association.

Jill Harrington LaMorie, DSW, LCSW is currently the Senior Field Researcher/Clinician on a Congressionally directed medical research project, "The Impact of a Service Member's Death: A National Study of Bereavement in Military Families" being conducted at Uniformed Services University of the Health Services Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress, Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. LaMorie is the former Director of Professional Education & Training at the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), Washington, D.C. She has been an invited presenter on many occasions by the Department of Veterans Affairs, U.S. military and several universities and nonprofit organizations to address military family bereavement. Jill is also one of the first academic authors on the subject. She has extensive clinical experience working with individuals and families affected by crisis, trauma, grief, loss, life transitions and terminal illness.

Brook Griese, Ph.D., is Co-Founder and Executive Director of Judi's House, a nonprofit, community-based family bereavement center in Denver, Colorado. She earned her B.A. in Psychology and Fine Arts at Albion College in Michigan, and went on to complete her Ph.D. in Psychology at the University of Colorado at Boulder. As a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in childhood trauma and loss, Dr. Griese leads the development and dissemination of programs and research at Judi's House and the newly established JAG Institute. This includes a comprehensive model of trauma-informed grief care, a training program for interns and postgraduates, and a large-scale, longitudinal research initiative conducted in collaboration with the University of Colorado. In addition to extensive clinical experience working directly with children and adults coping with histories of trauma and loss, Dr. Griese regularly publishes and presents throughout the country to varied audiences on bereavement, trauma, posttraumatic growth, family violence, assessment and intervention.

Panel Presentations from local and out-of-state experts in traumatic grief who will share the creative methods used in grief work (i.e.: journaling, art, EMDR, poetry and playwriting).

Edward K. Rynearson, M.D., is Medical Director of Separation and Loss Services, Virginia Mason and national expert on Resiliency Reinforcement with an active interest in the clinical understanding and research of the long-term effects of violent death on family members. He is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Washington Medical School and has conducted numerous national and international trainings describing clinical interventions for non-accommodation following violent death.

Fanny Correa, M.S.W., CT. specializes in traumatic grief after sudden, violent death. In addition to direct services, she provides consultation, in-service training and critical incident stress management for communities and organizations after a violent death. She is an Adjunct Professor for Seattle University Masters in Criminal Justice Program and is part of the King County Sheriff's Office Police Assistance Team assisting department members and their families after a traumatic incident.
Event Registration:
Go to Eventbrite.com, http://www.eventbrite.com/e/creative-techniques-in-traumatic-grief-therapy-tickets-11996563043m to register starting on July 21, 2014.

Agenda, Bios, Logistics
The registration fee is $150.00 per person, and the deadline for registration is September 30th, 2014.

CEUs: Washington State Society for Clinical Social Work application for 12 CEU credits (LCSW, LMHC and MFT) is in process and pending approval.

We will send out a reminder when the Eventbrite registration site launches.

Questions or additional information:

Contact Laura Jeffs, Program Coordinator at (206)223-6398 or laura.jeffs@vmmc.org.
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