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Transforming Grief & Loss: Strategies for Your Clients to Heal the Past, Change the Present and Transform the Future

This powerful recording offers techniques and tools to improve your client’s ability to get back to living and show them the steps they need to regain positive living. You will walk away with a new understanding of the power of transformative thought and action, and how it can impact the lives of your clients.

Ligia Houben, grief and loss expert, will demonstrate tools that can help your clients find meaning, achieve breakthroughs, and learn how to build the life they want on the other side of loss or transition. You will take with you a roadmap that can help your clients cope with the grief that may arise when facing the loss of their job, after leaving their homeland, confronting the death of a loved one, or embarking on a new life after a divorce or break-up. The techniques are simple and systematic, easy to teach clients, and will heal grief and renew life again for the client. The purpose of this recording is to bring awareness to the clinician in how to help your clients cope with such difficult times in an empowering and transformative manner.

This recording is a must, if you work with clients who experience any of the following:

  • The loss of a loved one and feel filled with sorrow
  • Gone through a divorce or romantic breakup and want to embrace their new stage in an empowered manner
  • Lost their job and do not have the confidence to find new opportunities
  • Retired and feel lost as they start this new stage in their lives
  • Want to overcome their fears
  • Want to expand their spirituality
  • Want to live with more meaning and purpose
  • Want to transform their loss and transform their lives!


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Ligia M Houben
6 Hours 09 Minutes
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08 Nov, 2018
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My Meaningful Life

Ligia M. Houben, MA, FT, FAAGC, CPC, CHT, is the founder of My Meaningful Life, LLC and executive director of The Center for Transforming Lives in Miami, FL where she consults with individuals and families; offers coaching/support groups and workshops. Ligia is a whole-hearted speaker in the field of grief & loss and life transitions. She has reached many people with her messages about transformation, meaning and personal growth. She is a Fellow in Thanatology: Death, Dying, and Bereavement and a Fellow of the American Academy of Grief Counseling. She holds a BA in Psychology and Religious Studies from the University of Miami, MA in Religious Studies and Graduate Certificates in Multidisciplinary Gerontology from Florida International University and in Loss and Healing from St. Thomas University. Her work has been centered in the area of grief and loss, expanding into meaning and growth. Ligia has a passion for life and believes all of us are able to fulfill our purpose if we can only change our attitude and beliefs.

Ligia has conducted workshops and seminars in English and Spanish, in the United States and Latin America. She has appeared on numerous radio and television programs, including CNN Español, NPR, NBC, and Univisión. A pioneer in working with Hispanics and grief, she authored the book Counseling Hispanics through Loss, Grief, and Bereavement: A Guide to Mental Health Professionals (Springer, 2011), which has been widely embraced as a helping manual in clinical settings, hospitals, and individuals. This book includes her system of transformation, The 11 Principles of Transformation™ which was introduced in her self-help book Transform Your Loss: Your Guide to Strength and Hope (Insight, 2009).  Ligia is also the author of Transforming Grief & Loss Workbook: Activities, Exercises & Skills to Coach Your Client Through Life Transitions (PESI, 2016).

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Ligia Houben is the Founder and Director of The Center for Transforming Lives. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Ligia Houben has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose.

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  1. Explore different types of loss and utilize strategies to help clients identify patterns within their grieving process.
  2. Incorporate the 11 Principles of Transformation® into your clinical practice to help clients reconcile grief and loss.
  3. Differentiate between tasks and stages as they relate to the grieving process.
  4. Integrate spiritual concepts such as acceptance, forgiveness and gratitude into your work with grieving clients to help facilitate healing and recovery.
  5. Teach clients healing rituals including journaling, meditation and affirmations as strategies for coping with loss.
  6. Utilize a strengths-based approach with clients to help reframe loss as an opportunity for growth and recovery.


Understanding Loss
  • Different types of loss
  • Loss in each stage of development
  • Primary and secondary losses
  • Getting to know your client’s story of loss
    • History of loss
    • Assessment of loss
    • Cultural values
    • Support and strategies
Deconstructing Grief
  • What is grief?
  • Cultural considerations
  • Types of grief: Anticipatory and Disenfranchised
  • Dimensions of Grief: Physical, Emotional, Social, Spiritual
  • Tasks vs stages of grief
From Grief to Growth: The Transformative Process
  • Overview of the 11 Principles of Transformation®
    • I. Acceptance of loss
    • II. Living with grief
    • III. Deeper spirituality
    • IV. Emotional expression
    • V. Sharing with others
    • VI. Self-care
    • VII. Rituals
    • VIII. Living in the present
    • IX. Modifying thoughts
    • X. Rebuilding
    • XI. Visualization of desired life
Tools and Strategies for Facilitating Growth in Clients
  • Acceptance
    • Teaching radical acceptance
    • Reframing acceptance versus denial
    • Telling the story of the loss
    • Affirmations
    • Meditation
  • Expressive Therapies
    • Journaling
    • Sand
    • Music, films, pictures
    • Breathwork
    • Drawing, painting
  • Spiritual Tools
    • Power of forgiveness and love
    • Incorporate gratitude
  • Emotional Expression
    • The Cave
    • Empty chair
    • Sharing versus dwelling
    • Letter writing
    • Rituals
    • Mindfulness
  • Cognitive Strategies
    • Changing the inner conversation
    • Shifting perspective
    • Responding rather than reacting
  • Looking forward
    • Values assessment
    • Guided imagery
    • ”As is” exercise
Limitations of the Research and Potential Risks
  • Disparity in results across studies for grief related to trauma
  • Special considerations for complicated grief and clinical depression

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Case Managers
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Chaplains/Clergy
  • Nursing Home Administrators
  • Other Mental Health Professionals



Overall:      4.4

Total Reviews: 238


Elizabeth B - Flower Mound, Texas

"Good seminar. Lots of helpful strategies to use with clients and lots of helpful resources."

Diane K - MARION, Iowa

"High quality comprehensive presentation by an excellent presenter"

Suzanna B - Chicago, Illinois

"I got a lot out of the webinar. this is my 2nd webinar. Customer service is also very good. I would like to get more training from PESI in the future."

Kelly L - NAPERVILLE, Illinois

"Great topic--I learned skills that I can use efficiently in the future."

Laura P - SOUTH DEERFIELD, Massachusetts

"This was a wonderful training and the presenter was fantastic."

Peggy D - KANSAS CITY, Missouri

"Ligia is an inspiring and knowledgeable speaker - I'd love to take another course from her!"


"enjoyed her ability to connect and be present with her audience"

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