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When Violent Death Occurs: Supporting the Grief Process for Individuals and Families

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Date/Time: Monday, Sep. 25, 2017, 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Hyatt Place Buffalo/Amherst, 5020 Main St., Amherst, NY
Hours: 6.0
CEUs: 6.0
Cost: $125.00
Discount Cost (Trauma Certificate Program participants): $115.00
Lunch Included: Yes
Fulfills Hours in Trauma Certificate Program: Elective

Presenter

Day Cummings

Degrees:
LCSW, RN, Certified Bereavement Counselor

Bio:
Day Cummings, LCSW, RN, has extensive experience working with children and families coping with grief and loss in Buffalo, NY. She entered the field of social work after being a registered professional nurse for 25 years in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. While working as a nurse she was driven to begin working in the field of bereavement. Having experienced the death of her mother at age 8, Day began a support group for women who had lost their mother’s as children which led to a career move into social work. While attending graduate school UB, she took her desire to work in the area of bereavement one-step further and founded Circle of Daughters Inc., a non-profit organization in Buffalo that offers support services and individual therapy to children, adolescents and adults who have experienced a loss. Today, along with her dog Isabella, she serves a variety of individuals and families and helps them learn to adjust to loss and realize their loved one is always with them in their heart, a lesson she learned from her mom. Day also works at the Lee Gross Anthone Child Advocacy Center in Buffalo as a therapist with sexually abused children and severely physically abused children. She has been instrumental in starting the pet therapy program that utilizes dogs to offer comfort and support to traumatized children in counseling and when going to court to testify against their abuser. Day also works as part-time faculty at the UB School of Social Work. In 2015, NASW NYS recognized her as Social Worker of the Year. Day is well known for her compassionate, loving, and gentle approach to working with people.

Description

Discount price for our trauma certificate participants and graduates is $115.

Violent death of clients and the impact on their friends and family members touches almost every agency and professional. The loss of someone due to violent death complicates the grieving process and presents a challenge to the clinician. Sadly, too much violent death occurs in life today from homicide, suicide, and accidents. Death, violent death and grief are not topics that many are prepared to deal with; it can often create considerable discomfort for the clinician.

The normal grief process needs to be supported, not pathologized. However, grief can progress to complicated grief and persistent complex bereavement disorder that affects social and work functioning more profoundly for a longer period of time. Differential diagnosis is needed to assess normal grief as well as progression into complicated grief, depressive disorders, and PTSD. Substance use disorders can also become involved over time as a way of numbing or escaping grief. The DSM5 lists Persistent Complex Bereavement Disorders as a condition for further study with proposed criteria and diagnosis features.

This presentation is for those seeking more training on the grieving process related to violent death in order to have both a framework of knowledge and skills to start the discussions and develop a treatment plan to help people cope and find meaning in life once again. Part of the day will be spent on an informative and compassionate approach to the grief process. Time will be allotted to learn how to have these challenging conversations in situations of violent death and steps to creating a treatment plan.

Learning objectives:
• Explain the grieving process as it relates to homicide, suicide, and accidental death for different age levels and family dynamics;
• Identify how to apply trauma theory in working with children, adolescents, adults and families dealing with violent death;
• Recognize the characteristics of complicated grief and persistent complex bereavement disorder;
• Identify the differential diagnosis process;
• Apply effective engagement skills to open the discussion about feelings related to violent death, and set up appropriate interventions and treatment plans for various age levels and families.

Research:
Work with survivors of those whose lives have been touched by violent death encompasses trauma treatment, grief processing and complicated grief that is different from normal grief.
Select Information can be found at the Center for Complicated Grief http://bit.ly/2pYF92M; Violent Death Bereavement Society at http://bit.ly/2qK5TXH; Evidence-based Trauma-Focused CBT at http://bit.ly/2pYEP41; Google Scholar and violent death and grief articles http://bit.ly/2prKf6y; Meeting the Needs of Victim Survivors Following Violent Death at http://bit.ly/2pX4qwm.


Target Audience: social workers, mental health practitioners, creative arts therapists, marriage and facility therapists, psychologists, addiction professionals, medical professionals, and other interested individuals.

Content level: beginning and intermediate

CEUs
New York Social Workers: University at Buffalo School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0001. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance. 6 live in-person contact hours are approved.

New York Mental Health Counselors: University at Buffalo School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0008. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance. 6 live in-person contact hours are approved.

New York Creative Arts Therapists: University at Buffalo School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed creative arts therapists. #CAT-0003. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance. 6 live in-person contact hours are approved.

New York Marriage and Family Therapists: University at Buffalo School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists. #MFT-0007. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance. 6 live in-person contact hours are approved.

New York State OASAS addictions professionals, provider #0045: 6 renewal hours for CASAC, CPP & CPS; 6 initial hours in section 4 for CPP & CPS.

Trauma-Informed Certificate Program Hours: counts as 6 Elective hours

ASWB ACE Credits: University at Buffalo School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education, #1312, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. University at Buffalo School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 7/2/2015-7/2/2018. Social workers in states other than NY should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Content level is beginning and intermediate. Social workers participating in this course will receive 6 clinical continuing education credits.

ADA Accommodations: If you require any support for your ADA needs in the United States, please contact us by email at least 3 weeks prior to the event by email at sw-ce@buffalo.edu or by phone at 716-829-5841.

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