Professional Development

Online - Free CEU Workshop

Working with Grieving Clients:
An Overview of Grief and Grief Interventions

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

9:00 am - 12:15 pm

Presented in partnership with

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Presenter: Karen O'Brien

Professor and Associate Chair for
Undergraduate Studies in the
Department of Psychology
at the University of Maryland

This interactive workshop will include an overview of grief, models informing grief work, and the 3-Factor Grief Counseling Model.  An innovative group intervention for children will be described. Resources for continued learning will be provided. Three Social Work CEUs available.

Learning objectives:

At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to: 

  • explain typical and atypical grieving responses, influences on grieving, grieving styles, and the role of culture in grieving;

  • describe several current models related to grief, the components of the 3-Factor Grief Counseling Model, and a grief group intervention for children; and

  • identify several resources for future learning related to grief and grief counseling.

Dr. Karen M. O’Brien is a professor and Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Psychology at the University of Maryland. Dr. O’Brien studies grief and grief counseling, end-of-life issues, dating violence, and factors related to successful management of work and family. She completed a graduate certificate program in Applied Thanatology: Death, Dying and Grieving at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. She is a volunteer for CaringMatters and maintains a small psychotherapy practice.




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