PSCSW Clinical Book Discussion Program Presents Empowering Clients to Navigate the Grief Process

PSCSW Clinical Book Discussion Program


Empowering Clients to Navigate the Grief Process

The Book: Finding Meaning: The Sixth Stage of Grief by David Kessler

Clinical Title: Empowering Clients to Navigate the Grief Process

Facilitator: Kathleen Kaib, MSS, MLSP, LCSW

Date: December 5, 2021

Time: 11:00-2:00 || 3 CEUs

Place: Zoom Online Meeting: Link will be sent after registration

About The Book:

In this book, Kessler gives readers a roadmap to remembering those who have died with more love than pain; he shows us how to move forward in a way that honors our loved ones. Kessler’s insight is both professional and intensely personal. His journey with grief

began when, as a child, he witnessed a mass shooting at the same time his mother was dying. For most of his life, Kessler taught physicians, nurses, counselors, police, and first responders about end of life, trauma, and grief, as well as leading talks and retreats for those experiencing grief. Despite his knowledge, his life was upended by the sudden death of his twenty-one-year-old son.

Many people look for “closure” after a loss. Kessler argues in his book that it’s finding meaning beyond the “stages” of grief most of us are familiar with that can transform grief into a more peaceful and hopeful experience. How does the grief “expert” handle such a tragic loss? He knew he had to find a way through this unexpected, devastating loss, a way that would honor his son. That, ultimately, was the sixth state of grief — finding meaning. In the book, Finding Meaning, Kessler shares the insights, collective wisdom, and powerful tools he has learned that can be used by clinicians to help those experiencing loss.

Clinical Objectives:

By reading this book and participating in the discussion, participants will:

  1. Dispel the myth that grieving is linear process.
  2. Analyze ways individuals seek meaning after a death or a loss.
  3. Identify the common feelings/symptoms of grief and normalize them for clients.
  4. Differentiate between pain and suffering as it relates to grief and learn ways to work through the pain of grief.

About The Facilitator:

Kathleen Kaib, MSS, MLSP, LCSW is a clinical social worker/bereavement social worker on the Pediatric Advanced Care Team (PACT) at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Kathleen worked with people on death row and their families for 17 years prior to working at CHOP. She has worked on social justice and racial equity issues for her entire career. Kathleen holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Elizabethtown College. She earned her Master’s in Social Service (Social Work) and her Master’s in Law and Social Policy from Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research.

This event is open to PSCSW members only. 

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

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 3 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 3 clinical credits. Attendance at programs or courses given at state and national social work association conferences, where the criteria for membership is an academic degree in social work, are a valid source of continuing education clinical credit (N.J.A.C. 13:44G-6.4(c)4).

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  •  December 5, 2021
     11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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