Book: Grieving from the Inside Out: Creating Meaning Around the Loss of a Child to Substance Abuse or Suicide by Fran Gerstein, MSW, LCSW

Clinical Book Title: A Clinician Learns About Loss the Hard Way

Presenter: Fran Gerstein, MSW, LCSW, BCD

Date: Sunday, June 3, 2018
Time: 10 am – 1 pm | 3 CEs
(Please come at 9:30 am for light breakfast and socialization.)
Place: Wynnewood, PA

Fran Gerstein’s book, Grief From the Inside Out: Creating Meaning Around the Loss of a Child from Substance Abuse or Suicide is a personal account of the loss of her son, Daniel, in 2014. Through prose, poetry, family photos and her children’s artwork the author creates a narrative including a road map for healing following such a devastating loss. The book concludes with suggestions for managing grief for the short and long term.

Learning Objectives:
Fran Gerstein, MSW, LCSW, BCD will discuss the creation of her narrative and how it has affected her, both personally and professionally. She will offer a close up look at grief, based on her experience as a grief support group leader, and she will facilitate the discussion about the opioid epidemic and how it has affected clients and society.

Clinical Objectives:

  1. Demonstrate a familiarity with the grief process in all its complexity.
  2. Recognize how creating a grief narrative can help with healing.
  3. Acknowledge the varied effects of loss on different members of the family and on different families.
  4. Identify strategies for helping clients cope with sudden loss.

About the Presenter:
Fran Gerstein, LCSW, BCD, a former Board member of PSCSW has been in private practice for over 30 years. Since the 2014 death of her son, Daniel, she has focused on helping family members survive the loss of a loved one to substance abuse or suicide. She provides a support group for grieving parents, “Life After Loss,” which meets in Rosemont, PA.

Fran has published personal and professional articles in the Philadelphia Inquirer, clinical social work journals, and contributed to a book, Psychotherapist Revealed, by Bloomgarden and Menutti. She has served as adjunct faculty for the University of Pennsylvania, Bryn Mawr School of Social Work and Jefferson University. She is a frequent lecturer on topics including family therapy, couple’s work, eating disorders, and grief and loss

This is a PSCSW Members-Only Event.

Participants who attend this program must be present for its entirety in order to get the continuing education credits.

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Cost: No charge for PSCSW Members to attend. There is a $10 fee for anyone wishing a CE certificate.
Cancellation Policy:
There is a $5 non-refundable administrative fee for any cancellation up to 48 hours prior to this program. No refund will be issued if less than 48 hours notice is given for this program.

Continuing Education Credits:
FOR PENNSYLVANIA SOCIAL WORKERS, MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS, AND PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS: This program is approved for credits for professional workshops sponsored by the Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work, a state affiliate of the Clinical Social Work Association listed in Section 47.36 of Title 49, Chapter 47 of the PA Code, State Board of Social Work Examiners. This program is also approved for credits for professional workshops for marriage & family therapists (Section 48.36) and professional counselors (Section 49.36).

FOR NEW JERSEY SOCIAL WORKERS: This program is approved for clinical credits. Programs or courses approved by boards that license social work practice in other states are a valid source of continuing education credit (N.J.A.C. 13:44G-6.4(c)10).

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  • Event: Book: Grieving from the Inside Out: Creating Meaning Around the Loss of a Child to Substance Abuse or Suicide by Fran Gerstein, MSW, LCSW
  • June 3, 2018
    10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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