The grief that accompanies a pet’s death can be overwhelming. Guilt inducing decisions surrounding euthanasia are common; and friends and family may minimize the loss, isolating the griever and prolonging their symptoms.
When grieving pet owners feel like they can’t go on, they can find themselves in need of a mental health professional. But clinicians with training specific to pet loss can be difficult to find…
This webinar will allow you to add a new dimension to your practice as a Pet Loss Grief Counseling Trained Professional and fill a critical gap in the therapeutic landscape!
In just one day, you’ll get detailed guidance on how you can skillfully work with clients grieving the loss of their pet and confidently handle the specific issues that arise in pet loss grief work.
Discover how you can:
Help clients grieve openly for the loss of their pet without fear of judgement or having their loss minimized
Skillfully work through anticipatory grief with clients who have pets with a terminal diagnosis
Diminish the guilt associated with euthanasia
Guide clients in grief rituals that honor their pet and help move them forward in bereavement
Plus, upon completion of this webcast you’ll get a displayable certificate of recognition that you can instantly print, letting clients know that you’ve taken the time and effort to get specialized training on this specific area of counseling and support.
Don’t wait to add these valuable skills and strategies to your therapeutic toolbox…
Diane Sebzda, LPC, FT, has a private practice where she counsels, educates and consults on all aspects of dying, death and bereavement. She has over 17 years of experience working with all aspects of grief, end-of-life issues, spiritual crisis, relationship issues, self-esteem and confidence, trauma, forgiveness, reinvestment in life and disenfranchised griefs. Diana is a Fellow in Thanatology (FT) with the Association for Death Education and Counseling where she is co-chair of their Pet Loss Networking Group. She is the former director of bereavement at the Joseph T. Quinlan Bereavement Center and a member of the Traumatic Loss Coalition of New Jersey, the American Counseling Association, and the Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement. Diana earned her M.A. degree in applied clinical psychology from William Patterson University.
Speaker Disclosures: Financial: Diana Sebzda is the director of bereavement at the Joseph T. Quinlan Bereavement Center. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. Non-financial: Diana Sebzda is a Fellow in Thanatology with the Association for Death Education and Counseling. She is a member of the Traumatic Loss Coalition of New Jersey; the American Counseling Association; and the Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement.
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Investigate how pet loss grief is often minimized by others and determine how this can impact a client’s symptomology.
Apply psychoeducation approaches with clients to help normalize the grief experienced following the death of a pet.
Demonstrate to clients how mourning rituals can be used to help them better cope with the loss of a pet.
Formulate a plan to help clients better understand the nature of disenfranchised grief so they can grieve the loss of a pet without fear of judgement.
Evaluate how the complex decisions involved in saying goodbye to a pet, including euthanasia can lead to guilt and self-blame in clients.
Integrate expectations about anticipatory grief and end of life issues into sessions with clients to help them better prepare for an upcoming loss.
Client Grief Education: How Pet Loss Grief Differs from Other Grief
How pet loss is often minimized by others
Why typical support systems may be unavailable
Unrealistic expectations about the grief process
The Role of Attachment in Pet Loss Grief: Why Understanding Pet Bonding is Key to Compassionate Counseling
History of the human animal bond
Three types of pet bonds counselors need to know
The economics of pet bonds
Cultural and familial norms of pet relationships
The Disenfranchised Grief of Pet Loss: Strategies to Help Clients Grieve Without Fear of Judgement
How to help clients understand the nature of a disenfranchised grief
Strategies to help clients externalize grief thoughts and feelings
How to find like-minded supports for clients
Techniques for educating clients and others on what is appropriate in grief
Anticipatory Grief: Helping Clients with Pets Nearing the End
Understanding anticipatory grief
The role of pet parent and caregiver
How to help clients develop a trusting relationship with their veterinarian
Palliative care vs. Hospice care issues
Euthanasia in Pet Loss Grief: Effective Interventions for Anger and Guilt
Strategies to help clients cope with anger, guilt and regret
Teach clients to use a caregiver journal to name and express feelings
Positive self-talk exercises to help clients heal
Mourning Rituals to Help Clients Cope with Pet Loss
Role of religion and belief in spirit
How clients can make a special place to honor and remember pets
The role of the veterinarian or pet memorial park
Continuing bonds to provide comfort and support
Use linking objects exercises to reduce the impact of loss
Group Therapy: How to Create and Lead Pet Loss Support Groups
Group types -- closed or open, self-help or educational
Implementation and marketing strategies for your group
3 ways to quickly build trust and rapport with group members