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Reach Across Divides: Cultural & Difference Focused Practices in Grief Work

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Alesia Alexander, LCSW, CT
57 Minutes
Apr 30, 2021
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The grief journey of our clients is impacted by race, culture, gender, sexual orientation, age, economics, inequalities and power differentials.  

But without understanding the dynamics of our clients experiences we can find ourselves unprepared to work with diverse clients and fail to offer support that is ethical, relevant, and culturally sensitive to their needs.  

This thought provoking and honest presentation will offer a new lens through which to view your grief work with diverse and underserved populations and give you a socially just framework you can use to reach across divides and make healing connections with clients of all backgrounds! 



This online program is worth 1 hours CPD.



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Alesia Alexander, LCSW, CT is a therapist, author and grief, loss and inclusion consultant who serves as co-director of the Tapestries Institute, which provides customized education, training and consultation services to meet the needs of individuals, groups, and organizations interested in doing grief support and inclusion work in their community. Alesia was featured in the PBS documentary Speaking Grief and has worked in community, non-profit, and individualized settings for over 20 years, Certified in Thanatology, she has been honored to walk with young people and families living with loss.

Speaker Disclosure:

Financial: Alesia Alexander is a practicing social worker. She is a consultant for Catch Your Limit Consulting, Project KARMA, Inc., and the Tapestries Training Institute. She is a published author and receives royalties. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Alesia Alexander is a member of the Lakewood Church of Hope Trustee Committee and the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC). She serves on the advisory board for Alex Care, Inc. and Speaking Grief Initiative.

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Target Audience

  • Counselors 
  • Social Workers 
  • Marriage and Family Therapists 
  • Psychologists 
  • Psychiatrists 
  • School Counselors 
  • School Psychologists 
  • School Social Workers 
  • Case Managers 
  • Addiction Counselors 
  • Pastoral Counselors 
  • Chaplains/Clergy 
  • Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners 
  • Mental Health Nurses 
  • Thanatologists 


How inequalities in race, gender, sexual orientation and age impact support of grief and loss

  • Diversity vs. inclusion
  • Barriers to inclusive practice in communities of difference
  • Personal assessment activity
  • Cultural competence vs. culturally and difference intentioned/aware practice
  • Cultural & difference-focused engagement ideas and strategies
  • Best practices in difference/intersectionality


  1. Evaluate the impacts of inequalities in race, gender, sexual orientation, and age on counselling, treatment and support practices for grief and loss.
  2. Determine how an understanding of diversity and inclusion can benefit clinicians working with grieving clients.
  3. Investigate barriers to clinicians maintaining inclusive practices in communities of difference.
  4. Apply best practices to create a culturally and difference informed practice.


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