Select Page

CEUs are available for this presentation at
Want to listen to it as a podcast instead? Subscribe to Counselor Toolbox Podcast

Please SUBSCRIBE and click the BELL to be notified when we release new videos and when Dr. Dawn Elise Snipes is going live each month. Access additional benefits by JOINING here

Sponsored by
Manage your practice securely and efficiently. Two free months of TherapyNotes with coupon code “CEU”

Secure email provided by

Presented by: Dr. Dawn-Elise Snipes
~Define grief
~Conceptualize grief in terms of any loss
~Identify how failure to deal with grief can impact a person
~Explore the stages of grief
~Review activities and interventions to help people grieve

What is Grief
~Grief is a label assigned to all of the emotions associated with dealing with any kind of loss
~Physical (Things, abilities, freedoms)
~Self-concept (Roles, values, labels)
~Worldview (Innocence, safety)
~Dreams (How things should be)
~Social (Loss of relationships…)
What is Grief
~Primary losses also produce secondary losses which also need to be acknowledged and grieved.
What is Grief
~What secondary losses might occur for these events?

Types of Grief
~Anticipatory Grief: Experiencing anticipatory grief may provide time for the preparation of loss, acceptance of loss, the ability to finish unfinished business, life review and resolve conflicts
~Normal Grief: Normal feelings, reactions and behaviors to a loss; grief reactions can be physical, psychological, cognitive, behavioral
~Complicated Grief:
~Disenfranchised Grief: Chronic Grief: Normal grief reactions that do not subside and continue over very long periods of time
~Delayed Grief: Normal grief reactions that are suppressed or postponed. The survivor consciously of unconsciously avoids the pain of the loss.
~Masked Grief: Survivor is not aware that behaviors that interfere with normal functioning are a result of the loss.
Stages of Grief
~Denial: Numbness, dream, alternate explanations)
~Anger: The unknown, loss of control, death, isolation, failure—(shouldas and couldas)
~Bargaining: If I … then I will wake up and realize this was only a really bad dream
~Depression: Helpless, hopeless
~Acceptance: Radical acceptance
Exacerbating & Mitigating factors
~How close the situation was to them (physical and emotional proximity)
~How many other stressors them experienced in the last year
~Mental health issues/Effective coping skills
~Social supports
~Understanding of the loss
~How much control/responsibility they feel like they had in the situation
~Address hopelessness and helplessness by focusing on what can be changed
Not a Linear Process
~Most people experience grief surrounding a loss for at least a year.
~Many people will vacillate between depression and anger.
~Normalize people’s experiences
~Encourage them to reach out to supports
~Address happiness and survivor guilt
Self Care for Grief
~Express feelings
~Ask for and accept help
~Don’t let anyone tell you how to feel—and don’t tell yourself how you “should” feel
~Be patient
~Be kind to yourself
~Add happiness triggers
~Be aware of your grief triggers
~Embrace the dialectic
Self Care for Grief
~Get plenty of quality rest
~How to handle being alone with your thoughts….
~Eat a healthy diet
~Avoid alcohol
~Pay attention to persistent changes in eating, sleeping, mood or energy levels
Self Care for Grief
~Write things down
~Set short term goals
~Distract/engage in pleasurable activities
~Start writing the next chapter in your story
~Plan ahead for grief triggers

Self-Care for Grief
~Rebuild relationships

Bill of Rights for Grief

~Create safety
~Invisible string
~Book of memories
~Heart-Break Pot (break into large pieces)
~Goodbye letter
~Letter to God
~Memory garden
~Jar of memories / regrets
~Memory mural
~Timeline of Change
~Create a family flag
~Alphabet of gratitude
~Raise and release butterflies
~Jenga (write discussion prompts on cards)
~Losses encompass more than death or a person or loss of property
~Failure to acknowledge losses can cause unhelpful reactions in similar future situations
~explore feelings and reactions in terms of their functionality—how are they benefiting the person
AllCEUs provides multimedia #counseloreducation and CEUs for LPCs, LMHCs, LMFTs and LCSWs as well as #addiction counselor precertification training and continuing education.
#AllCEUs courses are accepted in most states
#DrDawnEliseSnipes provides training through #allceus that are helpful for #LPCCEUs #LMHCCEUs #LCPCCEUs #LSWCEUs #LCSWCEUs #LMFTCEUs #CRCCEUs #LADCCEUs #CADCCEUs #MACCEUs #CAPCEUs #NCCCEUS #LCDCCEUs #CPRSCEUs #CTRSCEUs and more.