Grief Awareness Conference Agenda


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8:00-8:30am     Registration, Breakfast, & Exhibitors


8:30-8:45am     Welcome & Introduction


8:45-10:15am     Breakfast Keynote Presentation (1.5 CEs)
Healthy Healing
Michelle Steinke-Baumgard


10:15-10:45am     Networking & Exhibitor Break


10:45-11:45am     Session A: Concurrent Workshops (1 CE)

  • SESSION FULL – The Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences on Adult Grieving (Scott Butler, Ed.D. & Kay Kronholm, MS, LMHP, NCC)
  • Young Adult Grief (Michael Kelley, Ph.D. & Madeleine Moore, PLMHP)
  • School-Based Grief Support (Kathie McGill, NCC, LMHP)
  • Learning to Live Again After Loss (Michelle Steinke-Baumgard)

11:45-12:30pm     Lunch Ballroom C


12:30-2:00pm     Luncheon Keynote Presentation (1.5 CEs)
The Art of Compassion: Managing Compassion Fatigue & Burnout through the Use of Expressive Arts
Jea Theis, MSW, LCSW, LIMHP & Betsy Funk, LCSW, LIMHP, MPA, REAT


2:00-2:15pm     Break


2:15-3:15 pm Session B: Concurrent Workshops (1 CE)

  • How Media Presents Death & Grieving to Children (Nicholas Cabal)
  • Understanding Grief through the Cultural Dimensions (Javier Castellote, MA)
  • Taking Grief to School (Marlena Laney, LMHP, LPC)
  • How Real is Your Trauma? (Teela Mickles)

3:15-3:30pm     Break


3:30-4:30pm     Session C: Concurrent Workshops (1 CE)

  • SESSION FULL – Art & Grief: Art Interventions to Aid the Grieving Process (Barb Daubenspeck, Ph.D. & Kristin Erickson, Ph.D.)
  • The Death of Promise & the Promise of Death: Substance Abuse, Addiction, & Grief (Edward DeSimone, R.Ph., Ph.D., FAPhA)
    This session is an approved continuing education program for alcohol and drug counselors for 1.0 hour (Approval Number 18.063).
  • The Untold Stories: Migration Loss & Grief (Jumoke Omojola, LICSW)
  • Embracing Hearts Affected by Pregnancy & Infant Loss (Jennifer Sommer)