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March 2020 Webinar: Sense-of-Presence Experiences of the Deceased: A Primer
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3/25/2020
When: Wednesday, March 25, 2020
12:00 PM CST
Where: United States
Contact: 612-337-1808


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The experience of sensing the presence of a deceased loved one is a very common phenomenon in bereavement, with 30-60% prevalence reported across studies. Experiences can be through any of the five senses, with the most frequent experience being the quasi-sensory ‘feeling of presence’, an awareness of the deceased somehow being around. There is a long history in the bereavement literature of viewing such sensory and quasi-sensory experiences of the deceased (SED) as hallucinatory or pathological, but in recent decades there has been a recognition that SED are normal and can be beneficial for the bereaved. Furthermore, in some cultures and religions such experiences are actively welcomed, and within the increasingly accepted continuing bonds perspective on grief, SED have been framed as expressions of the ongoing connection with the deceased. Nevertheless, professionals have often expressed feeling unsure about how to respond when clients speak of SED; similarly, clients have reported feeling not understood by their therapists when they tell them about SED and fearing stigmatization.

The majority of SED are reported as comforting, helpful or pleasant, but a minority are described as distressing or ambivalent. The manner in which SED experiences are made sense of by the bereaved in terms of their personal, practical, social and spiritual meanings depends on the griever’s personal beliefs, wider religious and existential frameworks as well as their socio-cultural context.  This webinar provides an introduction to SED in terms of its characteristics and its consequences for the griever, predisposing factors and associations, personal and cultural meaning-making, as well as theoretical approaches to understanding the phenomenon. The webinar will emphasize how practitioners can address SED in their work with the bereaved, including situations where SED are welcomed by the client and in cases where SED are experienced as intrusive or unwelcome.   


Learning Objectives:

  • To gain knowledge of the range, specific characteristics, associations and consequences of sensory and quasi-sensory experiences of the deceased (SED)
  • To be able to evaluate different approaches to understanding and explaining SED, taking into account subjective ways of meaning-making and culturally diverse conceptual frameworks   
  • To assess how SED can become a focus in grief therapy and counseling and how practitioners can respond helpfully

About the Presenter:
Dr Edith Maria Steffen is a registered Counselling Psychologist and Senior Lecturer in Counseling Psychology at the University of Roehampton, London, United Kingdom, where she is Deputy Director of the Centre for Social and Psychological Transformation (CREST).  She conducted her doctoral research on sense of presence phenomena and meaning-making in bereavement. Her research has continued to focus on sense of presence and continuing bonds as well as on meaning-oriented grief therapy for complicated grief. She is currently co-chair of an international working group on sense of presence phenomena. Edith has given workshops on meaning-oriented grief therapy, and she is practicum faculty of The Portland Institute for Loss and Transition. She has published her research in journals such as Death Studies, Omega, Mortality, Mental Health, Religion, & Culture and Journal of Constructivist Psychology, and she was co-editor of Continuing Bonds in Bereavement: New Directions for Research and Practice, published in 2018. Edith has presented her work at the annual conference of the Association of Death Education and Counselling (ADEC) in 2017 and 2018, chairing a panel on continuing bonds in 2018. Last year, she gave a webinar for ADEC on ‘Working with Continuing Bonds in Grief Therapy’.  


Webinar Access:

ADEC utilizes Zoom to broadcast its webinars. Those registered by the morning of March 24 will receive the webinar access information later that afternoon. Anyone registered after that will receive the information by 12:15pm ET / 11:15am CT on March 25.

Continuing Education:
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.

Satisfactory Completion  
Learners must complete an evaluation form to receive a certificate of completion. You must attend the entire webinar as partial credit is not available. If you are seeking continuing education credit for a specialty not listed below, it is your responsibility to contact your licensing/certification board to determine course eligibility for your licensing/certification requirement.   

Physicians/Nurses
In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Amedco LLC and Association for Death Education.  Amedco LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
Credit Designation Statement – Amedco LLC designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM for physicians and 1.5 contact hours for nurses. Learners should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  


Psychologists

This course is co-sponsored by Amedco and Association for Death Education.  Amedco is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  Amedco maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  1.5 hours.
  • The following state boards accept courses from APA providers for Counselors: AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, MD, ME, MO, NC, ND, NH, NE, NJ, NM, NV, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI, WY
    MI: No CE requirements
  • The following state boards accept courses from APA providers for MFTs: AK, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IN, KS, MD, ME, MO, NE, NC, NH, NJ, NM, NV, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI, WY
  • The following state boards accept courses from APA providers for Addictions Professionals: AK, AR, CO, CT, DC, DE, GA, IA, IN, KS, LA, MD, MO, MT, NC, ND, NE, NJ, NM, NY (outstate held), OK, OR, SC, UT, WA, WI, WY 
  • MA / MFTs: Participants can self-submit courses not approved by the MAMFT board for review. 
  • The following state boards accept courses from APA providers for Social Workers: AK, AR, AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, ID, IN, KY, ME, MN, MO, NE, NH, NM, OR, PA, VT, WI, WY
 
Social Workers
As a Jointly Accredited Organization, Amedco is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Amedco maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 1.5 clinical continuing education credits.
  • The following state boards accept courses from ASWB providers for Social Workers: AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, NC, ND, NE,  NH, NM, NV, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WI, WV, WY 
  • The following state boards accept courses from ASWB providers for Counselors: AK, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, MA, MD, ME, MO, ND, NE, NM, NH, NV, OK, PA, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI, WY
  • AL / Counselors: Activities not providing NBCC approval may be approved by the Board for individual licensees upon receipt of acceptable documentation prior to the activity.  Please send course details to your licensing board for approval BEFORE the event.  No approvals afterward by the board.
  • The following state boards accept courses from ASWB providers for MFTs: AK, AR, AZ, CA, CO, FL, IA, ID, IN, KS, MD, ME, MO, NC, NE, NH, NM, NV, OK, PA, RI, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI, WY
  • MA / MFTs: Participants can self-submit courses not approved by the MAMFT board for review. 
  • The following state boards accept courses from ASWB providers for Addictions Professionals: AK, CA, CO, CT, GA, IA, IN, KS, LA, MO, MT, ND, NM, NV, OK, OR, SC, WA, WI, WV, WY
 
New York Board for Social Workers
Amedco SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0115. 1.5 hours.

New York Board for Mental Health Counselors
Amedco is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0061. 1.5 hours.

New York Board for Marriage & Family Therapists
Amedco is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists. #MFT-0032. 1.5 hours.

ADA Statement
ADA accommodations will be made in accordance with the law.  If you require ADA accommodations, please indicate what your needs are at the time of registration.  We cannot ensure the availability of appropriate accommodations without prior notification.

Grievances
If you would like to file a grievance, complaint or have questions, please contact Rebecca Merrill at rebecca.merrill@management-hq.com