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2-Day Grief Treatment Certification Course: Clinical Tools for Building Resiliency and Moving Toward Post-Traumatic Growth

Joy R. Samuels, DMin, LPC-MHSP, NCC
2 Full Days
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Your clients have spent two years besieged by death, loss and uncertainty.

For many there will be no “return to normal” – driving more grieving clients than ever before into the care of professionals.

But for far too long graduate school grief education has neglected to cover assessment, complex grief, non-death grief and clinical interventions. The result? Therapists like you often feel unprepared to provide grief-related services.

It’s time to change all that.

In this all NEW live 2-day certification training Dr. Christina Zampitella will show you how you can confidently counsel and treat grieving clients and help them integrate loss into their lives.

Complete evidence-based tools, proven strategies you can use right away, and case studies that make the work understandable, relevant and attainable, you’ll leave able to:

  • Tailor clinical interventions to the uniqueness of each client’s grief
  • Counsel and treat clients who experienced different types of losses
  • Build clients’ resilience and help them make meaning
  • Reduce symptoms of complicated grief
  • Walk with clients on the path toward post-traumatic growth
  • And much more!

Best of all, upon completion of this training, you’ll be eligible to become a Certified Grief Informed Professional (CGP) through Evergreen Certifications letting colleagues, employers, and clients know that you’ve invested the extra time and effort necessary to understand the complexities of grief.

Don’t wait. The grief pandemic is one of the greatest mental health crises of our time and clients need your help now.

Register today!


  • No hidden fees – PESI pays for your application fee (a $99 value)*!
  • Simply complete this live event and the post-event evaluation included in this training, and your application to be a Certified Grief Informed Professional through Evergreen Certifications is complete.*

Attendees will receive documentation of CGP designation from Evergreen Certifications 4 to 6 weeks following the program.

*Professional standards apply. Visit for professional requirements.


Planning Committee Disclosure - No relevant relationships

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.

* Credit Note - *

NOTE: Tuition includes one free CE Certificate. For the in-person event, after attendance has been verified, pre-registered attendees will need to log into their online account to complete the online evaluation (and, if applicable for your profession, the online post-test with 80% passing score). Instructional methods will include PowerPoint, didactic lecture, Q&A, and others. After completion of the evaluation (and post-test, if applicable), participants can download/print their certificate of completion. For those in partial attendance (arrived late or left early), a letter of attendance will be available in the attendee online account after completion of the evaluation and online post-test (if the test is required for your profession). An adjusted certificate of completion reflecting partial credit will be sent within 30 days (if your board allows).

Continuing Education Information: Credits listed below are for full attendance at the live, in-person event only. Please note, your state licensing board determines which credit types are acceptable for continuing education hours. Please refer to your state rules and regulations. If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, please contact or 800-844-8260 before the event.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of your profession.  As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your profession's standards.

For Planning Committee disclosures, please see statement above.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.

* Credit Note - ---

Earn up to 12.5 CE hours. Please see below, for more details, as credit amounts vary by state and profession. 

Counselors - Counselors

This educational offering consists of 12.5 clock hour(s) of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from this offering and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements. 

Counselors - Arizona Counselors

CE credit is available. This course consists of 12.5 continuing education clock hours for Arizona Counselors. PESI is an approved provider of continuing education seminars with a national social work association. Please see social work approvals for this program. 

Social Workers - Arizona Social Workers

CE credit is available for 12.5 continuing education hours for Arizona Social Workers. Please see national social work approvals for this program.

Social Workers - Social Workers - National ASWB ACE

PESI, Inc., #1062, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: January 27, 2023 - January 27, 2026. Social workers completing this course receive 12.75 Clinical continuing education credits.


Course Level: Intermediate Format: In-Person.  Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.


Canadian Social Workers: Canadian provinces may accept activities approved by the ASWB for ongoing professional development.

Psychologists - Arizona Psychologists

This activity consists of 760 minutes of continuing education instruction and is designed to meet the requirements of the Arizona Board of Psychologist Examiners. Please save the course outline, certificate of completion, and any other supporting documentation you receive from this live activity in case it is requested by the board.

Psychologists - Psychologists & Physicians

Physicians: PESI, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. PESI, Inc. designates this live activity for a maximum of 12.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Psychologists: The following state psychologist boards recognize activities sponsored by PESI, Inc. as an approved ACCME provider: Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Wisconsin. This activity consists of 12.5 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Certificates of attendance will be issued for you to submit to your state licensing board to recognize for continuing education credit.

Marriage & Family Therapists - Arizona Marriage & Family Therapists

This activity consists of 12.5 continuing education clock hours for Arizona marriage & family therapists and is designed to meet the continuing education requirements of the Arizona State Board of Behavioral Health Examiners, Section R4-6-802 D. Please retain the course advertisement and certificate of completion for your CE records.

Marriage & Family Therapists - Marriage & Family Therapists

This activity consists of 760 minutes of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the activity advertisement, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements. 

Addiction Counselors - Addiction Counselors - Generic

This activity consists of 12.5 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

Nurses - Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Clinical Nurse Specialists - ANCC

PESI, Inc. is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Nurses in full attendance will earn 12.5 contact hours. Partial contact hours will be awarded for partial attendance.

Educators, Teachers & School Professionals - California Licensed Educational Psychologists

The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE programs that are approved by other approval agencies, including several that approve PESI and its programs.  A full list of approval agencies accepted by the BBS can be found at under “Where to find CE Courses.”  This intermediate level activity consists of 12.75 clock hours of continuing education instruction.

Nursing Home Administrators - Nursing Home Administrators

This educational offering has been reviewed by the National Continuing Education Review Service (NCERS) of the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB) and approved for 12.5 clock hours and 12.5 participant hours. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.

Case Managers - Case Managers

This program has been pre-approved by The Commission for Case Manager Certification to provide continuing education credit to CCM® board certified case managers. The course is approved for 12.5 CE contact hour(s).


This course is designed to qualify for 12.5 continuing education hours.

Certification in Thanatology

This educational offering is recognized by the Association for Death Education and Counseling to meet the thanatology-related educational contact hour requirements to be Certified in Thanatology: Death, Dying and Bereavement. This course will award 12.5 contact hours to participants.

Other Professions

This activity qualifies for 760 continuing education minutes as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your activity advertisement and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements. 



Joy R. Samuels, DMin, LPC-MHSP, NCC's Profile

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Joy R. Samuels, DMin, LPC-MHSP, NCC, has over 25 years’ experience as a licensed professional counselor, Fellow in Thanatology, chaplain, and ordained minister. She teaches in the graduate clinical mental health psychology department at Lipscomb University and at Candler School of Theology at Emory University in the United Methodist Church Course of Studies.  She maintains a private counseling practice and supervises those seeking licensure as a LPC-MHSP.

Dr. Samuels holds DMin and MDiv degrees from Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC. Additionally, she holds an M.S. degree in counseling psychology from California State University, Northridge, CA, and a counseling certificate in substance abuse from the Northern Virginia Community College, Annadale, VA. Among her areas of expertise are individual, couples and family counseling, trauma and bereavement, and post-masters supervision.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Joy Samuels maintains a private practice and has an employment relationship with Lipscomb University. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Joy Samuels is a fellow in Thanatology.

Additional Info

Live Event Schedule

Please note: There will be a 70-minute lunch and two 15-minute breaks; one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Lunch and break times will be announced by the speaker and at their discretion. A more detailed schedule is available upon request.

Timeline for Completion

Please complete the CE quiz and/or evaluation within one week after the event.


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  1. Assess for trauma, depression, substance use and anxiety in grieving clients.
  2. Utilize two assessment measures for gathering grief responses.
  3. Distinguish how the experiences created by different types of loss impact assessment and treatment planning.
  4. Evaluate contemporary models of bereavement as they relate to case conceptualization for grief therapy.
  5. Assess the boundaries of professional competence in grief work and know when to refer out.
  6. Investigate factors that can influence the grief process including the type of loss and support system.
  7. Use the DSM-5 to diagnose/identify Prolonged Grief Disorder.
  8. Employ emotional regulation techniques to help calm clients who’ve experienced a traumatic loss.
  9. Implement a bereavement plan of care for identified Prolonged Grief Disorder.
  10. Use CBT techniques to help bereaved clients manage guilt, blame and other maladaptive cognitions following loss.
  11. Apply narrative approaches to help clients construct meaning following loss.
  12. Utilize mindfulness interventions to reduce anxiety symptoms in clients with grief.
  13. Evaluate the clinical implications of cultural beliefs surrounding mourning and continuing relationships with the deceased.
  14. Utilize best practices to structure and facilitate grief support or treatment groups.
  15. Develop strategies for self-care when working with grieving clients.
  16. Analyze continuing attachment bonds and their relevance to clinical practice with bereaved clients across the lifespan.



Assessment of Grieving Clients:
Uncover Grief Intensity, Depression, Substance Use and Suicidal Ideation
  • Grief intensity scale
  • Hogan grief reaction checklist
  • Assessment to uncover trauma, depression, substance use and anxiety
  • QPR and S-SSRS to assess for suicidal ideation or substance use
  • Isolation, sleep and nutrition concerns for grieving clients
Assessment and Treatment of Persistent Complex Bereavement Disorder
  • How to diagnose using the DSM-5
  • Assessment resources
  • Complicated Grief Treatment Model
  • Meaning Reconstruction
Grief Therapy and Counseling in Action:
Clinical Tools and Treatment Approaches to Facilitate Healthy Grieving
  • Grief counseling vs. grief treatment – what’s the difference?
  • CBT techniques for guilt, blame and other maladaptive cognitions following loss
  • Mindfulness interventions for anticipatory grief and anxiety symptoms
  • Narrative approaches to process grief by putting words to the pain
  • Exercises to help clients better face uncertainty
  • Creative tools to support emotional regulation and expression
  • Tools to manage regret and facilitate forgiveness and reconciliation
  • Alternative ways to honor deceased loved ones and find closure
  • How to make virtual sessions as effective as in-person ones
Non-Death and Abstract Losses:
How to Effectively Work with Clients Who’ve Experienced “Living Losses”
  • Abstract losses – how to work with loss of connection, routine, normalcy and identity
  • Divorce
  • Substance use
  • Natural disasters
  • Life-limiting and mental illness
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Military or incarceration
  • Symbolic Losses

The Traumatic Grief Treatment Toolkit:
Build Clients’ Resiliency and Move Them Toward Post-Traumatic Growth
  • Assess for PTSD symptoms
  • Emotional regulation techniques for clients who’ve had a traumatic loss
  • DBT techniques to decrease avoidance and manage suicidal ideation
  • CBT coping skills for traumatic memories and rumination
  • Clinical strategies to reduce fear responses
  • How to work with the unique challenges of suicide survivors
  • Exercises to help clients overcome guilt and shame
  • Employing a strengths-based approach to build resiliency
The Clinician’s Guide to Grief and Loss Groups:
How to Successfully Structure and Facilitate Grief Support or Treatment Groups
  • Differences between
    • Psychoeducational groups or therapeutic process groups
    • Peer or clinician led groups
    • Loss-specific or general grief groups
    • Open and closed groups
  • Participant screening
  • Keys to effective facilitation
  • Program evaluation
Grief Work with Clients of Diverse Race, Backgrounds, Cultures and Beliefs
  • How culture impacts length of mourning and continuing relationships with the deceased
  • Spiritual impacts on grief
  • How inequalities in race, gender, sexual orientation and age impact support of grief and loss
  • Personal assessment activity
  • Cultural competence vs. culturally and difference intentioned/aware practice
  • Cultural & difference-focused engagement ideas and strategies
Ethical Considerations in Grief Counseling and Treatment
  • Boundaries of professional competence
  • Research and treatment risks
  • Working with the terminally ill, minors, families and end-of-life decisions
  • Vicarious trauma, compassion, fatigue and self-care

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Counselors
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Case Managers
  • Social Workers
  • Pastoral Counselors
  • Chaplains/Clergy
  • Funeral Directors
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Mental Health Nurses
  • Nursing Home Administrators
  • Thanatologists
  • Physicians
  • Other Mental Health Professionals



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