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Event Title: Traumatic Bereavement
Organization: Wilfrid Laurier University, Faculty of Social Work Professional Development
Date of Event: February 12, 2018 to February 13, 2018 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: 120 Duke Street West
Kitchener, Ontario, N2H 3W8
Postal Code: N2H 3W8
Contact: Jade Squire
519-884-0710 x5234
Audience: Health Care Professionals, Volunteers
Category: Workshop

(Cost: $275) When individuals experience a sudden, unexpected and/or violent death, we can anticipate that trauma is going to be part of their grief experience. Traumatic bereavement, however, is more than just the co-existence of grief and trauma. It is the interaction between grief and trauma that create a persistent and prolonged set of painful and debilitating symptoms. Emotional dysregulation, troubling ruminations and intense preoccupations with the death are just a few of the symptoms experienced in traumatic bereavement. This unique grief experience is highly vulnerable to environmental triggers which are imbedded in the neuropathways of the brain. The concept of 'trauma informed' grief work has emerged as a category meant to help guide clinicians in their work with individuals working through a traumatic loss.

Learning Objectives In this workshop, participants will learn about;

Categories for sudden loss and their implications, suicide bereavement, the effects of trauma on the mourner, trauma informed grief therapy, new guidelines for group facilitation, ceremonies and other cultural norms, the importance of environment.

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