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Opportunities for Professional Development and Community Consultations/Presentations
From the Center

Various opportunities for trainings and presentations are available from the Center, both on- and off-site.

Please click on our ‘Volunteer’ tab and ‘Volunteer Trainings’ to find out more about our next training for volunteers for Camp Mille and Nello’s Corner.

Registration Form 2017-2018

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

Young Adult Grief

October 19, 2017      9:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

 3 CEUs

Coping with grief in the young adult years is often complicated by expected life transitions such as leaving for college or the military or embarking on independent work life.  This training will focus on the ways in which this population responds to loss and what helps them.

Understanding Children’s Grief

March 15, 2018     9:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

   3 CEUs

This training will focus on the unique characteristics and needs of the school-aged grieving child.  What does their grief look like and how can we help them navigate their grief?   We will address what they need at home and at school.


Case Studies in Grief

April 26, 2018     9:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

   3 CEUs

In response to requests from former attendees for a training focused on case examples of grief, including complicated grief, this training will illustrate what grief looks like through actual presentations of important aspects of grief.  In our small group training format, we will connect these case studies with theory and practice and discuss possible interventions.


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. Our current schedule of trainings is listed below. We are constantly developing new roundtables and are available to design a training to meet the needs of specific groups. Cost is $70.00 per 3 hour training. Those interested in registering for 2 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.

Examples of some of our trainings:

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 Consultations/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.