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Giving Voice to Loss and Grief: Facilitating Healing and Growth in Social Work Practice (3 CEUs)

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Cost and Registration

$20 for UBSSW alumni
$25 for non-alumni


Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Registration: 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Presentation: 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm  


Center for Tomorrow, UB North Campus, Amherst, NY 

Ample parking is available in the Center for Tomorrow parking lot, located near the Maple Road and Flint Road entrance. Entering via the Flint Road entrance (off Maple Road), make the first left (onto Service Center Road) -- the Center for Tomorrow is on the corner to your left -- parking is on the right.


The experiences of loss, grief and bereavement are universal human experiences that occur across the life course. Guided examination of current theories, research and evidence based practice(s) in grief counseling will be included. This seminar will focus on building knowledge about the nature of grief, mourning and bereavement as they are influenced by current social context. Familiarity with the various types of losses that occur in all age groups is germane to effective social work practice in all agency settings. Consideration of tools for assessment and intervention for differential types of loss is important for effective treatment. This seminar will incorporate a trauma-informed and human rights perspective to social work practice with people who are adapting to complicated and traumatic loss.


1.    Consider the current social context of loss and grief

2.    Discuss differential types of loss and grief

3.    Compare current models of grief and their implications for treatment

4.    Consider assessment of loss

5.    Discuss differential interventions

6.    Integrate the identification of loss within social work practice in differential practice settings

CEUs for New York State LMSWs & LCSWs

NY LMSW & LCSW contact hours are being provided through the University at Buffalo School of Social Work’s Office of Continuing Education. This Office 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 #0001. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance. 3 live contact hours have been approved.

Questions about CEU's?

Please contact the Office of Continuing Education

Phone: 716-829-5847



Deborah Waldrop, PhD

Deborah Waldrop is a professor and the Associate Dean for Faculty Development at the UBSSW. Deborah earned her MSW from Syracuse University and her PhD in Human Environmental Sciences with a certificate in gerontology from Oklahoma State University. Before joining the UBSSW faculty in 1999, Deborah spent 25 years as a healthcare social worker. Throughout her practice career, Deborah worked with older adults and their family members who were making difficult decisions often without good options. Deborah now teaches courses on aging, healthcare, loss and grief and conducts research that focuses on the needs and concerns of people with serious illnesses and their families. She is a member of the national executive boards of the Social Work in Hospice and Palliative Care Network (SWHPN) and the Association for Gerontology Education in Social Work (AGESW) and serves as a co-chair of the National Quality Forum’s standing committee on End-of-life and Palliative Care.

Deborah Waldrop

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