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Monday, May 8th 2017 - Tuesday, May 9th 2017

Grief Support: Counselling People Experiencing Loss

Smith, Douglas C., MA, MSc, Mdiv
presented by Leading Edge Seminars

Location: Multi-faith Centre/Koffler House (569 Spadina Avenue, Toronto)
Time: 9:00 am to 4:40 pm
Fee: $430 + HST (before April 6, 2016); $450 + HST (after April 6, 2016)

Leading Edge Seminars first presented Doug Smith 10 years ago. His workshops were powerful, informative, and moving. Having provided trainings in every U.S. state, these recent comments reflect the value of his trainings:

“Beyond any doubt, this was the most inspiring workshop I have ever attended in over forty years as a professional nurse. It doesn’t come any better than this.”
—Marilyn Kopriva, nurse, Londonderry, NH

“This presentation was as practical, well organized, and well presented as anything I have ever attended. But it was much more than that. It was infused with soul and wisdom. I shall not soon forget what has been given here today.”
—Eileen Roberts, clinical psychologist, Tampa, FL

This two-day workshop equips social workers, counsellors, psychotherapists, clergy, life coaches, educators, and other healthcare professionals with the necessary counselling tools to assist clients in finding healing in the midst of loss, whether that loss be from death, divorce, destruction due to drug abuse, or any other personal trauma.

The workshop will spend little time on theory, the vast majority of the time instead being devoted to learning practical tools that you can apply immediately with your clients. You will learn a style of counselling that will help people find meaning and value in the midst of suffering, even if the suffering cannot be abated. You will also learn how to present the idea of counselling to those who would not normally enter into a counselling relationship.

Several of the tools presented (such as “virtual dreams”) will be newly developed techniques that are specifically designed to get clients to quickly enter into very deep, meaningful conversations regarding their personal losses. Many of these tools will help counsellors find meaning and value in the midst of their own experiences of loss.

Learning Objectives:

You will learn—

• How to use a client’s own strengths to encourage self-help and self-determination
• How to identify and use various tools and techniques that help clients process their feelings and thoughts related to loss
• Several ways of assessing a person’s spiritual language, as well as tools to address spiritual issues and concerns
• How to use dreams, “virtual dreams”, guided imagery, and gestalt dialogues to complete unfinished business and heal previous wounds
• How people grieving the loss of a loved one can have various forms of after-death communication experiences and how to address those experiences

About the Presenter:

Douglas C. Smith, MA, MSc, MDiv, teaches at the University of Wisconsin as the lead instructor for its Grief Support Specialist Certificate program. Having master’s degrees in three different healthcare disciplines, Doug clearly provides a holistic perspective. He is the author of eight books, but views his major credentials as experiential, having lost two daughters and having spent time in a psychiatric hospital. For more information, visit his website:


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