Shared Loss During COVID-19
Live Online Webinar
Thursday, August 27, 2020
NYSED and ASWB Approved for 1 CE contact hour
COVID-19 has caused many, impactful losses. This session will review common felt personal, professional and national losses. It will consider the impact of the shared experience of grieving as social workers who counsel clients who grieve. Join this session to apply grief theories and bereavement counseling approaches to today's challenges, and learn strategies to process and cope with loss, utilizing ACT and CBT based approaches. This one hour session will explore the unfolding impact of COVID-19 on themselves, their clients and the therapeutic relationship, through the lens of shared loss.
Evidence of Need: NYC has been the epicenter of COVID-19 in the U.S. As NYC based practitioners, we are at high risk for being personally and professionally impacted. We are impacted by anxiety and stress caused by the threat of infection (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2020; Weill Institute for Neuroscience, 2020). With over 100,000 COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. and longer periods of quarantine, we also are experiencing significant and irreversible loss. Practitioners need to acknowledge their and their clients' loss experiences. They need to be equipped with approaches and strategies that acknowledge their shared losses and work towards processing their grief.
As a result of attending this seminar, participants will be able to:
- Identify common practitioner and client losses caused by COVID-19 spread.
- Explain specific grief theories that underpin grief counseling work.
- Apply grief counseling approaches to common losses described during the pandemic.
- Consider the impact of personal losses on professional life in practice.
- Teach ACT and CBT strategies to aid coping during this time.
Meredith Hemphill Ruden, DSW, LCSW
Dr. Meredith Hemphill Ruden is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and Doctor of Social Welfare (DSW) who works as a Clinical Director at City Center Psychotherapy, NYC (www.citycenterpsychotherapy.com). Dr. Hemphill Ruden is a graduate of Brown University and New York University (NYU) who has worked for 10+ years with people who experience physical illness and pain. She continues works with individuals with cancer as the Executive Director of The Feather Foundation (thefeatherfoundation.org) a non-profit organization for parents who have cancer.
As a psychotherapist at City Center Psychotherapy, Dr. Hemphill Ruden treats individuals and couples, specializing in the treatment of Anxiety, Depression, Trauma and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Dr. Hemphill Ruden is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Intensive Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. She also has extensive experience with Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Narrative Therapy. She has taught as an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University, and currently teaches masters level social work students at NYU on Grief, Loss and Bereavement.
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