GOAL: To recognize and effectively address one’s own grief or distress as a professional when very traumatic or adverse events occur on one’s caseload and thereby to more capably assist one’s clients in their bereavement and loss.
OBJECTIVES: To become conscious of specific manifestations of professional grief in the work place when loss and trauma occur on the caseload. To learn the phases or process of mourning which are paralleled in both professional and client contexts. To consider culturally based forms of grief. To learn how to provide competent peer support (in pairs and groups within social work agencies) that will promote effective bereavement assistance to clients.
Vic Compher is a licensed, clinical social worker who has practiced for a number of years in child welfare, adult and aging, and hospice services. His workshops address such subjects as working with resistant and hostile clients, coping with secondary trauma when tragedy occurs on one’s caseload, understanding adult psychopathology, and supervising social workers and students. Among various articles and books he has written, Vic is the author of, “Family-Centered Practice: The Interactional Dance Beyond the Family System” (NY: Human Sciences/Plenum Press, 1989). He has produced and directed 3 films, including an intergenerational documentary called, “I Cannot Be Silent: Testimonies of Peacemaking”. His current and new documentary project, “Caregivers”, addresses the personal and professional impact upon helping professionals of their work with traumatic cases.
Date: Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Time: 8:30am registration, workshop: 9am to 4pm (1 hour lunch break)
Location: Belmont Behavioral Health, 4200 Monument Road, Philadelphia, PA 19131
Credits: 6 CEU’s for PA Social Workers; MFT’s and PC’s
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