Training Details

Grief & Supporting Those Who Are Grieving

This 3-hour workshop will help providers support those who are grieving and provide a holistic view of grief counseling with diverse populations. This workshop will elucidate statistics around death and dying, examine common concerns individuals bring to the counseling setting when grieving, differentiate acute grief from complicated or prolonged grief, explore changes in grief post-pandemic, and address research and theory around the end of life. The workshop will also demystify emotional, cognitive and socioemotional facets around death and dying and address the role of cultural competency in grief work. Specific cases will be presented to illustrate each of these areas.
Learning Objectives:
  • Identify and understand statistics around death, including the common causes of death across the life-span, changes in death trajectories in late life, and the physical, cognitive and socioemotional impact of the death/dying process on grieving.
  • Differentiate acute grief from complicated grief and prolonged grief and associated symptomology.
  • Illustrate how culture, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender identity, religion, and disability status impact the grieving process.
  • Summarize and identify critiques of current theories of death and dying in late life.
  • Formulate holistic treatment plans and clinical goals when working with grieving clients.


Event Cost:

$45.00 / 3 CEUs for Counselors and Social Workers

Event Information:

Grief & Supporting Those Who Are Grieving

Tuesday, April 25, 2023 1:00 – 4:15 p.m. (PM Session)

Presenter: Mary Lewis, Ph.D., ABPP, Board Certified in Geropsychology

Cost:  $45.00 / 3 CEUs Counselors and Social Workers

About the Presenter(s):

Mary Lewis, Ph.D., ABPP

Mary Miller Lewis, Ph.D., ABPP (she, her, hers) is a licensed psychologist and co-owner of Reflections Health and Wellness in Dublin, Ohio, where she provides counseling and assessment in long-term care and rehabilitation facilities. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the Counseling Psychology program at the University of Akron, where she also completed certification in Gerontology. She is also Board-Certified in Geropsychology. Dr. Lewis is currently an Associate Professor of Psychology at Columbus State Community College and leads their Life-Span Development Service-Learning program. She also currently serves as the Ohio Psychological Association representative to the American Psychological Association Council of Representatives. Her research and advocacy interests include mental health in older adults, end-of-life care with individuals who have dementia, and social justice work.