Influences of Religion and Spirituality on Grief and Mourning: Implications for Grief Counseling

 Friday, November 1, 2019

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Columbia University School of Social Work

1255 Amsterdam Avenue

New York, NY 10027


Presenters: Sonya Lott, PhD and Mike Likier, PhD

Overview

In this introductory workshop, participants will gain an overview of the ways in which religious and spiritual beliefs and practices may negatively as well as positively impact the experience of grief and mourning. Participants will have the opportunity to explore the impact of their own religious and spiritual beliefs and practices on their own grief experiences. The implications of religious and spiritual beliefs and practices of both clients and therapists in grief counseling will also be explored.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  1. Describe three ways that religious and spiritual beliefs may influence beliefs about death.
  2. Analyze how religious and/or spiritual beliefs have influenced their own beliefs about death.
  3. Describe three spiritual and/or religious beliefs may have a positive impact on the experience of grief.
  4. Describe two ways in which religious or spiritual practices shape mourning practices.
  5. Analyze how religious and/or spiritual beliefs have influenced their own experiences of grief and mourning.
  6. Explain the concept of complicated spiritual grief.
  7. Identify three ways in which religion and spirituality may impact the grief counseling process.

Who should attend?

  • Any member of a helping profession that works with grief
  • Graduate student in an accredited health or mental health program interested in working with grief

CE Information

The Center for Complicated Grief at Columbia School of Social Work is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for NYS licensed social workers (provider #0021) and licensed mental health counselors (#MHC-0104). This program is approved for 6.5 continuing education contact hours.

The Center for Complicated Grief at Columbia School of Social Work is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Center for Complicated Grief maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


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