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May 2020 Webinar: Mindfulness Practices for Grieving During the COVID Pandemic
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5/26/2020
When: Tuesday, May 26, 2020
12:00 PM CST
Where: United States
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May 2020 Webinar
Mindfulness Practices for Grieving During the COVID Pandemic

Tuesday, May 26, 2020
1:00 - 2:30pm ET / 12:00 - 1:30pm CT


To slow the spread of COVID-19, unprecedented global measures have been taken to limit in-person contact, including mandated social distancing and orders to shelter in place. These social isolation measures are an effective means of flattening exponential rates of infection, but they also introduce a host of considerable life-challenges. Those grieving pre-COVID deaths may now be limited in their access to social support networks and unable to engage in many of their self-care and coping routines. In addition, social isolation measures are often associated with a host of additional non-death losses, including a diminished sense of control and predictability.  

The mindfulness approach offers mental health professionals a framework for negotiating the trying circumstances of the COVID pandemic with their grieving clients. The philosophy and practice of mindfulness was formulated by the Historical Buddha to deal with universal existential concerns such as how to overcome the seeming isolation of the self as well as derive a sense of purpose in an apparently unpredictable and meaningless world. Of particular concern to ancient Buddhism was how to use mindfulness meditation to overcome the anxiety of death, grief, and unsought change. In these ways, mindfulness appears tailormade as a practice for supporting grieving clients during the isolating, uncertain, and rapidly evolving COVID pandemic.

This webinar features Dr. David Zuniga, a psychologist and Zen priest, who will be interviewed by Worth Kilcrease, a Licensed Professional Counsellor and thanatologist, on the use of mindfulness as an adjunct to grief therapy practice in the context of COVID. Dr. Zuniga will draw on his knowledge of original Buddhist texts, the Pali Cannon, to explore how psychologists can use mindfulness to foster contentment with solitude and bolster resilience during the pandemic. He will discuss the manual-based approach to the practice of mindfulness that was presented in the Pali Cannon, emphasizing its compatibility and popular use within contemporary evidence-based interventions. 

Learning Objectives:
  • Identify how grieving can be supported by mindfulness practices during the COVID pandemic 
  • Recognize how non-death losses associated with the COVID pandemic can be addressed by mindfulness practices  
  • Discuss the Buddhist foundations of mindfulness as they apply to the practice of grief therapy 

About the Presenter:
Dr. David Zuniga earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology and is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Austin, Texas, specializing in mindfulness-based approaches to counseling and wellness. In addition to individual therapy, his psychology practice includes mindfulness-based stress reduction seminars, grief groups, and therapy groups for caregivers and patients confronted by incurable illnesses. Previously, he was a faculty member in the Integrative Medicine Department at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Prior to becoming a psychologist, Dr. Zuniga earned his Master of Divinity degree from Harvard, which led to him becoming the first westerner to be ordained in the Taego Order (one of the two largest and oldest lineages of Zen Buddhism in South Korea), and the third Buddhist to become a licensed hospital/hospice chaplain in the United States. In his earlier career, Dr. Zuniga worked as a Zen/interfaith chaplain in both pediatric and adult end-of-life care for over a decade. He also holds a Masters degree in literature.

He has published widely and spoken internationally at leading academic conferences on mindfulness, grief, and end-of-life related issues. For free resources, and to learn more about his interdisciplinary work you can visit his website, drdavidzuniga.com.  

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.

Webinar Access:

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