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Narrative Therapy Techniques for Navigating Grief and Uncertainty

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Claire Bidwell Smith, LCPC
1 Hour 32 Minutes
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Apr 28, 2022
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The pandemic has served as a reminder that we never know what’s around the bend. I was fourteen when both of my parents got cancer at the same time. My mother died when I was eighteen and my father died when I was twenty-five. Life was hard after that. I felt very alone in the world and unsure of my purpose. But through it all I wrote -- writing had always been my outlet and eventually it became my salvation. As a therapist I’ve found it to be one of the most powerful tools for working with grieving clients. In this session, I will share narrative exercises you can use to cultivate self-compassionate, facilitate emotional expression, and help clients find peace and connection in times of uncertainty and crisis.



This online program is worth 1.75 hours CPD.



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Claire Bidwell Smith, LCPC, worked as a therapist specializing in grief for over a decade and is the critically acclaimed author of three books of nonfiction: The Rules of Inheritance (Penguin 2012), After This: When Life is Over Where Do We Go? (Penguin, 2015) and Anxiety: The Missing Stage of Grief (Da Capo, 2018).?

The Rules of Inheritance is a coming-of-age memoir of a young woman forging ahead on a journey of loss that humbled, strengthened, and ultimately healed her. It has been published in 18 countries and is currently being adapted for film. Claire’s work has been celebrated by mental health advocates like Maria Shriver and New York Times Bestselling Author Cheryl Strayed.

Claire has written for various publications including The New York Times, The Huffington Post,, Slate, Chicago Public Radio, The Guardian, Psychology Today and Yoga Journal.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Claire Bidwell Smith maintains a private practice. She receives royalties as a published author. Claire Bidwell Smith receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Claire Bidwell Smith has no relevant non-financial relationships.

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  1. Use personal narrative exercises to help clients manage grief related anxieties.
  2. Use journaling and grief letters to help promote continuing bonds in grieving clients.
  3. Apply narrative approaches to help clients cope and empower them to construct meaning following loss.


  • Personal narratives to help manage anxiety and overcome the fear of losing more
  • Journaling and grief recovery letters to promote continuing bonds
  • Narrative approaches to help clients construct meaning following loss
  • Research, risks and limitations

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Social Workers
  • Therapists
  • Other Helping Professionals


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