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Professional Development & Community Presentations

For more information about our education services related to the COVID19 grief-mental health impact, click here.

Guiding Principle:

  • Availability of quality, supportive resources provides hope and potential for all to heal through meaningful growth
    • Increasing resilience in individuals, families, and organizations impacted by grief has a systemic impact on a community’s ability to withstand crisis.
    • Bridging support for people of all ages, beliefs, and diverse experiences brings a stronger sense of unity and purpose in life to us all.

Various opportunities for trainings and presentations are available from the Center, both on- and off-site, and NOW through virtual webinar options.
Please read more about our Volunteer Training to learn more details about how you can be involved in hands-on support of our children’s group programming, including Camp Mille and Nello’s Corner.

To register for the upcoming Professional Roundtable Training on Ambiguous Loss, relevant to the COVID19 pandemic and other losses, click here.

We are an approved Continuing Education provider through the Pennsylvania State Board. We offer continuing education credits for licensed social workers, marriage and family therapists and professional counselors.

For more information or to register for the following workshops, please contact Claire Drexler at 610-222-4110 ext. 104 or email at


 Ambiguous Loss

Thursday, April 23, 2020      12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

There are many illnesses and diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Dementia and Stroke, to name a few, that often leave individuals and families experiencing what is called “ambiguous loss”. This training will focus on how to help clients manage sudden changes and process the emotional aftermath following loss of independence, changes in caregiver status, personality shifts and decline of physical bodily functions. *This training will also directly address the critical, ambiguous loss being experienced currently in response to this global pandemic, and have applicable content for serving those people most affected by COVID19.


To register, click here.


Professional Roundtable Trainings

The Center for Loss and Bereavement is committed to providing quality training opportunities for professionals interested in expanding their understanding of grief and loss issues. Our trainings are designed for small groups and are interactive and experiential in nature to provide an optimal environment for learning. All of our trainings are appropriate for the needs of hospice and other health care professionals, school personnel, chaplains and clergy, as well as other professionals who work with people experiencing loss and grief. We are constantly developing new roundtables and are available to design a training to meet the needs of specific groups. The standard cost for our on-site training is $70.00 per 3 hour training. Those interested in registering for 2 on-site roundtable trainings will receive a $10.00 discount ($130.00 for both). Payment is due with your registration. Since the number of participants is limited be sure to call to inquire about space availability.

At this time and upon need/request, we are offering virtual training options through Zoom.  The topic, duration, and cost for these trainings will be posted as they become available.

Examples of some of our training topics:

At the End of Life This new training will be focused on the needs of individuals facing the end of their life. We will explore the challenges of end of life decision making and loss and transition from the perspectives of the dying person and their caregivers. Case examples will be used to develop a deeper understanding of the complexity of the dying trajectory including ethical considerations at the end of life.
What’s In, What’s Out: Understanding the Grieving Process This workshop is designed to explore current perspectives on the grief process. It will focus on new insights and attitudes regarding models of grief that have emerged in the field of death and dying. Participants will be able to identify how the experience of grief is viewed in the context of models such as: dual process, attachment theory, continuing bonds and narrative styles of grief work. Cultural and gender of styles of grieving will be introduced and explored.
Building blocks of Life and Death for the Younger Child This training is designed for those working with an early childhood population who are interested in learning more about a young child’s processing of death and dying concepts. It will review the young child’s developmental perspectives on life and living, death and dying, and their experiences in both learning/childcare environments as well as in the family system. We will present opportunities to enrich children’s understanding of and ability to cope with death and grief. Teachable moments, use of curriculum tools, and therapeutic interventions will be discussed.
The ABC’s of Children’s Grief, K-12 This training will focus on the experience of school aged children K-12 who are coping with the death of a loved one. It will explore the grieving process of children including: how children mourn, how their grief differs from that of adults, how grief comes to school and how we can best help bereaved children. Current theoretical frameworks, case studies and group interaction will be utilized to facilitate understanding of the experience and needs of grieving children and their families.
De-Mystifying the Funeral Home Experience: Historical and Current Practices This unique collaboration with the R.L. Williams Funeral Home of Skippack and Franconia will feature a view of funeral practices past and present including an in-depth, behind-the-scenes tour of R.L William’s, Jr. Funeral Home. This informative opportunity will examine the use of funeral practices including both historical and current perspectives. While this program will offer CEU and Act 48 credits for professionals it will be informative and appropriate for anyone interested in learning more about the funeral home experience.
Living and Losing In this highly interactive training, participants will be exposed to tools and techniques that help clients of all ages to process the intense emotions that many grievers struggle to manage.

Off-site Professional Trainings or Presentations to Businesses, Faith-based or Community Organizations, and Schools are available:

Please contact Claire Drexler at  or call 610-222-4110 ext. 104 for more information.  Upon request, we will work with your organization to develop a presentation that will fit your needs. Topics may include but are not limited to: understanding the grieving process, helping children and teens grieve, help for the holidays, addressing complicated grief, dealing with suicide or homicide, preparing for and responding to community/school crisis.

If your organization is seeking more intimate guidance and support for a specific or time-sensitive grief-related matter, please also contact Claire for more information about our Customized Consultations.

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