Tending to Grieving Hearts Through the Holidays: Self-care for Clients and Clinicians
Thursday, December 19, 2019
1:00 - 2:30pm ET / 12:00 - 1:30pm CT
Self-compassion has been shown to play a vital role in psychological well-being. Self-care is the manifestation of self-compassion; it is the act of treating oneself compassionately. Maintaining self-care can be a difficult but essential component of grief therapy as well as a protective factor preventing burnout for clinicians working with the bereft. Despite this, self-care is often regarded as a buzzword and paid lip-service with one-size-fits-all prescriptions that lack the self-compassionate spirit.
During the holidays, meaningful self-care can become a priority, as the holidays are often deeply challenging for anyone struggling with a loss. Both clients and clinicians may encounter expectations of merriment and connection they feel unable to meet. Sometimes individuals feel deeply isolated within their own families where important losses are inadequately supported or even perpetuated by challenging dynamics. In this context, finding ways to treat oneself compassionately is both difficult and vital.
In this webinar, we will discuss the relevance of ambiguous loss, secondary losses, countertransference, compassion fatigue, and parallel process related to holiday grief. We will explore several concrete tools to creatively and meaningfully support self-care through the holiday season, drawing on the concepts of meaning making, the continued bond, and the dual process model of grieving. You will return to your practice, and your own life, better equipped to navigate the tender territory of honoring grief through the holiday season.
- Recognize the many ways the holidays complicate grief for clients and clinicians
- Discuss how family dynamics influence grieving
- Understand the relevance of ambiguous loss, secondary losses, countertransference, compassion fatigue, and parallel process in relation to holiday grief
- Learn new tools for creatively supporting self-care for both clients and clinicians
Lara Krawchuk, MSW, LCSW, MPH is Owner and Clinical Director of Healing Concepts, LLC, a private counseling and consulting practice, in West Chester, Kennett Square and Philadelphia, PA. She is a long time Lecturer for the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice and the West Chester University MSW Program. She is on the faculty of Dr. Robert Neimeyer’s Portland Institute for Loss and Meaning Reconstruction. Mrs. Krawchuk speaks around the country about issues of ambiguous and living losses, caregiving, end of life, grief & loss, psychosocial impact of cancer, self-care for helping professionals and trauma treatment.
This webinar is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA), the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) for 1.5 CE hours.
ADEC utilizes Zoom to broadcast its webinars. Those registered by the morning of Dec. 18 will receive the webinar access information later that afternoon. Anyone registered after that will receive the information by 11:00am CT on Dec. 19.