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Counseling Grief Clients Certification Training: Functional Interventions for Everyday Use

Clinicians often struggle to develop an effective approach to counselling grief clients due to the uniqueness of each individual’s grief. The last 10-15 years have seen an explosion of new research in the field and many new studies have turned what we thought we knew on its head.

Purchase this recording, and explore this new research about appropriate diagnosis of grief clients, ideas for how to assess grief severity and related constructs, and clarification about what is meant by “complicated grief.” Review the most commonly used current models for understanding grief and leave with tools, including 20 interventions, to more confidently assist clients in navigating the adaptive, yet confusing and difficult, grief process. The program will end with a focus on self-care, discussing how to appropriately manage and care for ourselves in this demanding, yet fulfilling, work.

Best of all, upon completion of this training, you’ll be eligible to apply to become a Certified Grief Counseling Specialist (CGCS) through the International Association of Trauma Professionals. Certification lets colleagues, employers, and caregivers know that you’ve invested the extra time and effort necessary to understand the complexities of grief counselling. Professional standards apply. Visit for details.


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Joy R. Samuels
6 Hours 05 Minutes
13 Mar, 2020
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Continuing Professional Development Certificates - PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This online program is worth 6.0 hours CPD.



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JOY R. SAMUELS, D.MIN., LPC-MHSP, NCC, has over 25 years’ experience as a licensed professional counselor, Fellow in Thanatology, chaplain, and ordained minister. She teaches in the graduate clinical mental health psychology department at Lipscomb University and at Candler School of Theology at Emory University in the United Methodist Church Course of Studies.  She maintains a private counseling practice and supervises those seeking licensure as a LPC-MHSP.

Dr. Samuels holds D. MIN. and MDIV. degrees from Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC. Additionally, she holds an M.S. degree in counseling psychology from California State University, Northridge, CA, and a counseling certificate in substance abuse from the Northern Virginia Community College, Annadale, VA. Among her areas of expertise are individual, couples and family counseling, trauma and bereavement, and post-masters supervision.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Joy Samuels is in private practice. She is an adjunct faculty at Lipscomb University. Dr. Samuels receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. 

Non-financial: Joy Samuels is a Fellow in Thanatology.

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  1. Articulate current models for conceptualizing grief and how these influence treatment planning.
  2. Analyze and differentiate clinical symptoms to diagnose grief clients appropriately.
  3. Implement functional interventions for grief counselling adaptable to use with any clients.
  4. Demonstrate three new interventions to use with bereaved clients.
  5. Determine when grief has become “complicated” and develop an appropriate treatment strategy.
  6. Develop strategies of self-awareness and self-care for grief counsellors as it relates to clinical practice.



  • Models for understanding grief
    • Older, familiar models
    • Current theories and approaches
  • Grief expressions
    • Emotional and cognitive
    • Physical manifestations
    • Behavioural
    • Social behaviours and societal reactions
  • Predictors and mediators of the experience
    • Background: grief is highly individual
    • Personality and other vulnerability factors
    • Who died; quality of relationship
    • Social, contextual, and cultural influences
    • Mode of death
    • Other influences
  • Non-death losses


  • Differential diagnosis between depression, grief, and PTSD
  • Persistent complex bereavement disorder
  • Use of adjustment disorder diagnosis with grief clients
  • Measurement/assessment of grief symptoms


  • Common trajectories for grief
  • What is “complicated” grief and how do you recognize it?
  • Treatment interventions for complicated grief


  • Grief counselling
    • How is it different from other types of counselling?
    • Who often benefits (and who may not)?
  • Components of a general approach
    • The 3 Rogerian conditions
    • Power of presence
    • Being a companion/therapist for your grief clients
  • Cross-cultural and other diversity considerations
  • Dealing with emotional intensity
  • Grief vs. trauma
  • When clients’ grief is disenfranchised
  • Working with couples or families who have experienced the “same” loss
  • Preparing for grief “spikes”
  • Post-traumatic growth


  • The risks and joys of this work
  • Self-awareness
  • Self-care
  • Training opportunities in this field


  • Disparity in results across studies for grief
  • Risk factors for complicated grief

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Counselors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Social Workers
  • Pastoral Counselors
  • Chaplains/Clergy
  • Mental Health Nurses
  • Funeral Directors
  • Case Managers
  • Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Thanatologists
  • Nursing Home Administrators



Overall:      4.5

Total Reviews: 976


Bonni K - Ashland, Pennsylvania

"Presenter was actually the most informative, communicative, and knowledgeable presenter I've ever experienced (please note: I've been a licensed psychologist since 1990. Truly she is a gift to assist treatment in grief. "

Amanda P - Chesapeake, Virginia

"I really enjoyed Joy Samuels as a speaker. She presented the information in a clear fashion and incorporated interesting elements (websites, you tube clips etc) as well as provided assessments and resources which can be utilized with patients. I learned a great deal about grief today. "

Fred S - Madisonville, Louisiana

"Speaker was relaxed, affable, engaging, eloquent and had a very pleasant personality. Extremely knowledgeable."

Naweichi T - West Friendship, Maryland

"Joy Samuels was a wonderful presenter and I enjoyed every minute of the training. Her expertise and passion for the topic were evident throughout the presentation."

Beverly T - Parksley, Virginia

"very relevant information presented in a clear, professional and interesting way"

ALLAN B - Atlanta, Georgia

"Dr.Joy Samuels was the best presenter I have ever heard at any SEMINAR. Thoroughly enjoyable and knowledgable. Extremely useful material."

Pamela H - Frederick, Maryland

"Dr. Samuels shared her extensive knowledge and expertise in a generous, articulate, caring and good humored way."

Christina P - Crestview, Florida

"Wonderful presentation - appreciate online learning during this pandemic. Thank you!"

Felicia F - Chesapeake, Virginia

"I was very satisfied with the course material. I learned a great deal from your presentation. Printing ahead of session allowed room to take notes as they were being viewed."

Katie K - St. Louis, Missouri

"I really enjoyed this webinar. I think Joy Samuels was very knowledgable and very engaging. I learned a lot and also know of a lot of references to explore to continue my learning."

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