Tue, Mar 26|
The Power of Rituals to Help System-Involved Youth Process and Release Emotions Related to Loss
Wendy Kessler, MSW, FT
Time & Location
Mar 26, 2024, 10:00 AM – 2:15 PM PDT
About the Event
Wendy Kessler, MSW, FT
Since the beginning of civilization, people have practiced rituals as a way to process and release the emotions related to loss. This training offers an educational presentation about the power of rituals to connect us to our agency, resilience, and one another as we integrate loss into living and help system involved youth to do so as well. Participants will be informed through presenter instruction, a slide presentation, and small group processing. This training also offers instruction on specific ritual practices which can be used to support system involved youth who are processing loss, as well as ritual practices for helping those who support system involved youth to release vicarious grief.
Participants will be able to:
· Name three benefits of practicing rituals to help system involved youth process and release emotions related to loss.
· Acquire and apply at least five ritual practices which can be used to support system involved youth.
· Identify at least 1 ritual practice which can be utilized by those who support system involved youth to release the vicarious grief.
10:00 – 10:15am Welcome & Introductions
10:15 – 11:15am PPT Education - The Power of Rituals to Help System-Involved Youth Process and Release Emotions Related to Loss
· Understanding Loss as Grief
· History of Rituals to Facilitate Grief
· Rituals & Agency
· Rituals & Resilience
· Rituals & Connection
11:15 – 11:45am Breakout Rooms
· Small Group Discussion
· Guided prompts
11:45am – 12:15pm Break (CE hours will not be offered for this time)
12:15 – 1:45pm Rituals & Supporting System Involved Youth
· Loss Rituals
· Crisis Rituals
· Personal Grief Rituals
· Communal Grief Rituals
· Rituals for New Beginnings
· Rituals for the Caring Professional
1:45 – 2:00pm Questions & Answers
2:00 – 2:15pm Closing Ritual & Wrap-up
Meet Our Trainer
Wendy Kessler, MSW, FT is a Grief Specialist who is credentialed as a Fellow in Thanatology (the study of death, dying, and bereavement) by the Association of Death Education and Counseling. She is also certified as a Mental Health First Aid Instructor by the National Council for Mental Wellbeing. Wendy’s experience includes working as Hospice Bereavement Counselor from 2017-2022 where she offered grief care to patients’ loved ones, hospice staff, and community partners. Through her hospice work she recognized a gap in grief education for helping professionals, and a need for better understanding and support for grievers. As a result, she left corporate hospice care and launched Grief Guide Consulting, LLC in 2022. Her grief services include individual counseling, support group facilitation, group education, and consulting. She believes that grief is not a problem to be fixed. It is a journey that we can learn to navigate, and when the path is unfamiliar or uncertain it can help to have a guide. You can learn more about Wendy or contact her at her website: www.griefguideconsulting.com.
This course meets the qualifications for (3.75) BBS CE hours for LCSWs, LMFTs, LPCCs, and LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences & is provided by Fred Finch Youth Center, CAMFT Provider #045295.