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2019 Hope and Help for the Holidays and Beyond Grief Seminar

This seminar is for anyone who has experienced loss and grief in their own life, as well as professionals who help grieving individuals and their families.

Description

A grief seminar providing hope and healing

This seminar is for anyone who has experienced loss and grief in their own life, as well as professionals who help grieving individuals and their families.

*COMMUNITY MEMBERS: please continue to sign up here. Schedule, class titles and descriptions are listed below. Small Group Topic Sessions are choices that can be made that day. When you’re ready, click on the green “Register” button. We look forward to seeing you!

*Note to PROFESSIONALS ONLY: if you will be attending for CEU credit, Upstate AHEC requires that you register for this class on the AHEC website in order to receive credit. Here is the link that will take you directly to this class: https://store.upstateahec.org/product?catalog=US19137 Also, in order to get an accurate count to accomodate seating needs, once you sign up on the AHEC site, you DO NOT need to sign up here on this Eventbrite site. We look forward to seeing you and learning alongside you, our fellow professionals.

Please complete registration by Friday, November 9, 2018

*Our teams have been honored to come together again to provide this 8th Annual special day of education, hope and healing to our community. We consider it a privilege to provide this important day at no cost to you. Lunch is included as well as educational credits (CEU’s) for professionals.

Schedule for the Day

8:30 – Registration, coffee & muffins, find seating

9:00 – Welcome

Proactive Grieving, Hope for the Holidays and Beyond Mitchell D. Carmody, GSP, CCP

10:10-10:20 – Break

10:20-10:50 – Proactive Grieving, Hope for the Holidays and Beyond (continued)

10:50-11:00- Break, move to first Small Group Topic Session

11:00-12:15 – First Small Group Topic Sessions (choice of one)
  • Grief and Loss Due to Substance Abuse Mildred Williams, MA, MA, ABD (FOR PROFESSIONALS)
  • You Can Lean on Me: How Grief Can Either Push Relationships Apart or Make Them Stronger – Andrew Johnston, MDiv, MA, LPC
  • Losing Your +1: Life After the Death of A Partner – Tamara L. Hanna, LPC
  • Whispers of Love, Signs & Synchronicity of Continuing Connections – Mitchell D. Carmody, CGSP, CCP
  • Lessons Learned From Our Journeys of Healing: From Grief to Grace After the Death of a Child Alice Ann Holman, BA, Med, M+30, NBPT and Jan James, BA, MEd
  • I Want to Be a Grief Buddy: What Do I Do? – Christopher M. Strom, Grief Support Group Leader

12:15-12:25 – Break & return to Fellowship Hall

12:25- Announcements & Blessing

12:25-1:05 – Lunch

1:05 -1:15 – Break & move to second Small Group Topic Session

1:15-2:30 – Second Small Group Topic Sessions (choice of one)

  • Music & Grief: Creative Resourcing in Bereavement Cathleen Flynn, MA, MT-BC
  • Stigma Surrounding Mental Illness & Grief & Loss – Mildred Williams, MA, MA, ABD (FOR PROFESSIONALS)
  • Grief 101: Who Are You as a Griever? – Mitchell D. Carmody, CGSP, CCP
  • Losing Your +1: Life After the Death of A PartnerTamara L. Hanna, LPC (repeat from First Session)
  • Hope After Suicide – Dan Taylor, Doctor of Ministry
  • Probate Court: How to Plan My Estate Administration – Judge Debora A. Faulkner

2:30-2:40 – Return to Fellowship Hall

2:40-3:00 – Closing Message of Hope – Rev. Claire Ripley

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2018 SMALL GROUP TOPIC DESCRIPTIONS AND SPEAKER BIOS

First Small Group Topics Sessions (11:00 AM – 12:15 PM)

Grief and Loss Due to Substance AbuseMildred Williams, MA, MA, ABD, Associate Professor of Psychology/Social Science Internship Coordinator, Southern Wesleyan University (FOR PROFSSIONALS)

Session Description: How does substance abuse impact individuals and their communities? How is the opioid crisis affecting individuals and communities? This session will examine grief and loss due to substance abuse, how to cope with such a loss, and where to go from here.

Bio: Mildred D. Williams is a 1987 graduate of Rutgers University in N.J where she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and Sociology. She also holds a Master of Arts Degree from Webster University in Counseling and a Master of Arts Degree from Webster University in Human Resource Development. Mildred did doctoral work at Capella University in Human Services and was ABD. She’s currently pursuing more doctoral work at Piedmont International University where she’s studying for a PH.D in Leadership. She will complete this work in December of 2018. She currently serves full-time as an Associate Professor of Psychology at Southern Wesleyan University in Central S.C.

You Can Lean on Me: How Grief Can Either Push Relationships Apart or Make Them Stronger – Andrew Johnston, MDiv, MA, LPC

Session Description: Why do strong emotions break apart some families, while pulling others even closer together? With Attachment Theory as our guide, we will look at how emotions operate differently in close relationships, how your limbic system gets involved, and some practical steps for strengthening your emotional bonds during grief. This is appropriate for people grieving, their loved ones, or professionals.

Bio: Mr. Johnston specializes in helping couples develop greater intimacy, resilience, and peace with one another. He is trained in Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy (EFT), which uses new research in neuroscience and Attachment Theory to improve relationship quality even in highly distressed couples. In 2016 he started the Greenville Relationship Institute to provide educational materials, therapy, and other resources to couples in the Upstate region.

Losing Your +1: Life After the Death of A Partner – Tamara Hanna, LPC, Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, Private Practice Owner of Love & Loss Counseling

Session Description: Grieving is natural, but what we have learned about dealing with grief is often unhelpful. During this session we will discuss how to filter the well-intended yet hurtful things people say to the person grieving or beginning a new relationship. We will explore the 5 Myths about grief that hinder healing (specifically “Replace the Loss”). Through the lens of Attachment Theory we’ll learn how the uniqueness of the relationship (quality, quantity of time, etc) and the nature of the death (sudden, natural, and traumatic) impacts the grief experience. May you leave less constricted and less conflicted about your grief journey.

Bio: Tamara works with individuals and couples in Asheville, NC. As a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist®, she is passionate about liberating people through education, helping people navigate the complexity of loss in all its forms, and acquiring the “right tools for the job” in love and loss. She lives fearlessly in deep waters, yet has learned the importance of coming up for air by cultivating beauty, celebration, play, and laughter.

Whispers of Love, signs & synchronicity of continuing connections Mitch Carmody, CGSP, CCP, Author, Speaker, Grief Educator

Session Description: Signs, dreams, and other evidential experiences can be important aspects in one’s grief journey. This session will address the various phenomena that bring about the continued connections with lost loved ones.

Bio: Mitch Carmody has been providing provocative insightful healing resources for the bereaved for over 25 years with writings, workshops, books, and more recently YouTube videos (MrHeartlight) on Proactive Grieving. Mitch is the author of Letters To My Son, hosts his own radio show “Grief Chat”, member ADEC, and longtime presenter for BPUSA, TAPS, TCF and other grief organizations and has presented in almost every major US city including Newtown/Sandyhook and Parkland Florida.

Lessons Learned From Our Journeys of Healing: From Grief to GraceAlice Ann Holman, BA, Med, M+30, NBPT and Jan James, BA, MEd

Session Description: For over a decade Jan and Alice Ann have walked a path no parents should have to walk. The death of a child is devastating. Grieving is hard work. Whether you are a parent or a care giver, let these women share the insights they have gained to help encourage and provide hope for grieving parents.

Bio: Alice Ann and Jan have each experienced the death of a son. As part of their journeys of healing they have come alongside other mothers in loving support and understanding. They have facilitated Heartstrings, a faith-based encouragement group for women who have experienced the death of a child, since 2006, and have sponsored an annual day-retreat for moms since 2013. Both Alice Ann and Jan are retired educators and have spent their careers working with parents and children in a public school setting.

I Want to Be a Greif Buddy: What Do I Do? – Christopher M. Strom, Volunteer with Interim Hospice in grief support

Session Description: A grief buddy is a valuable resource to one who is mourning. What exactly is a grief buddy? How does one perform that role? This session targets the lay community to improve participants’ general understanding of grief and the activities that a grief buddy can perform.

Bio: Chris has been co-facilitating grief support groups since 2008. He read half a book and watched a couple of YouTube videos in preparation for this seminar. He retired from full time work as an actuary and now devotes much effort to grief support causes. He is very familiar with the work of Dr Alan Wolfelt, including his book Understanding Your Grief: Ten Essential Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing Your Heart and Dr. Wolfelt’s companioning series of books.

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Second Small Group Topics (1:15 PM – 2:30 PM)

Music & Grief: Creative Resourcing in Bereavement – Cathleen Flynn, MA, MT-BC, Board-Certified Music Therapist, Music Therapy of the Carolinas

Session Description: Participants will explore how a relationship with music can support the grief process. Music therapy case examples will be provided, and applications of music for the non-music therapist and the non-clinician will be discussed.

Bio: Cathleen Flynn has worked as a music therapist in end-of-life and grief care, behavioral health, and private practice since 2014. She teaches and presents regionally and nationally, and has published on the topics of music therapy and intersubjectivity in hospice. She enjoys collaborating with clients in music and dialogue to promote connection, creativity, and consciousness in the therapeutic process.

Stigma Surrounding Mental Illness & Grief & Loss – Mildred Williams, MA, ABD, Associate Professor of Psychology/Social Science Internship Coordinator, Southern Wesleyan University (FOR PROFSSIONALS)

Session Description: How do we, as professionals and mental health specialists, help those who are struggling with grief while also managing a mental illness? This session will describe several types of mental illnesses and the impact of said illnesses on individuals and their communities.

Bio: Mildred D. Williams is a 1987 graduate of Rutgers University in N.J where she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and Sociology. She also holds a Master of Arts Degree from Webster University in Counseling and a Master of Arts Degree from Webster University in Human Resource Development. Mildred did doctoral work at Capella University in Human Services and was ABD. She’s currently pursuing more doctoral work at Piedmont International University where she’s studying for a PH.D in Leadership. She will complete this work in December of 2018. She currently serves full-time as an Associate Professor of Psychology at Southern Wesleyan University in Central S.C.

Grief 101: Who Are You as a Griever?- Mitch Carmody, CGSP, CCP, Author, Speaker, Grief Educator

Session Description: Participants will explore various emotions experienced in grief and bereavement, personality and how it informs each griever. Information given will shed light on how to use one’s personality strengths and weaknesses to increase self-awareness in the grief journey.

Bio: Mitch Carmody has been providing provocative insightful healing resources for the bereaved for over 25 years with writings, workshops, books, and more recently YouTube videos (MrHeartlight) on Proactive Grieving. Mitch is the author of Letters To My Son, hosts his own radio show “Grief Chat”, member ADEC, and longtime presenter for BPUSA, TAPS, TCF and other grief organizations and has presented in almost every major US city including Newtown/Sandyhook and Parkland Florida.

Losing Your +1: Life After the Death of A Partner (repeat from First Session) – Tamara Hanna, LPC, Certified Grief Recovery Specialist

Private Practice Owner of Love & Loss Counseling

Session Description: Grieving is natural, but what we have learned about dealing with grief is often unhelpful. During this session we will discuss how to filter the well-intended yet hurtful things people say to the person grieving or beginning a new relationship. We will explore the 5 Myths about grief that hinder healing (specifically “Replace the Loss”). Through the lens of Attachment Theory we’ll learn how the uniqueness of the relationship (quality, quantity of time, etc) and the nature of the death (sudden, natural, and traumatic) impacts the grief experience. May you leave less constricted and less conflicted about your grief journey.

Bio: Tamara works with individuals and couples in Asheville, NC. As a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist®, she is passionate about liberating people through education, helping people navigate the complexity of loss in all its forms, and acquiring the “right tools for the job” in love and loss. She lives fearlessly in deep waters, yet has learned the importance of coming up for air by cultivating beauty, celebration, play, and laughter.

Hope After Suicide – Dan Taylor, Doctor of Ministry

Session Description: Participants will learn about suicide, it’s implications for surviving loved ones, and the basic aspects and challenges of loss from suicide. The presenter will discuss coping strategies and how to gain confidence speaking about suicide.

Bio: Doctor Taylor graduated from high school in Munich Germany in 1968 and attended college and seminary in Greenville SC. He married his wife, Judy, in 1975 while serving in the Army Reserves and began his active duty career in the US Army in 1979. He served combat tours in Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm (serving time as the acting Division Chaplain for the 82d Airborne Division), and Operation Iraqi Freedom II. At Fort Benning GA he was the Garrison Chaplain and the Deputy Installation Chaplain. He currently serves as the Minister for Senior Adults and Pastoral Care at First Baptist Church, Simpsonville. He is a member of the Upstate Senior Network and the South Carolina Silver Haired Legislature.

Probate Court: How to Plan My Estate Administration – Judge Debora A. Faulkner

Session Description: Participants will learn important aspects of planning for estate administration. The speaker will discuss key documents to have in order to provide for the most effective, protective and efficient progression through the probrate process.

Bio: Judge Debora Faulkner is serving her fifth consecutive term as Greenville County Probate Judge. She was first elected in November 1998. The Greenville County Probate Court was awarded the Department of the Year Award by Greenville County. Judge Faulkner was awarded the Scales of Justice Award by the National Association of Legal Staff Professionals for her dedication and service to the legal profession. The Probate Court’s website (www.greenvillecounty.org/probate) has won national recognition from the National College of Probate Judges. In 2011, she was awarded special recognition from the South Carolina Lt. Governor’s Office on Aging for her continued dedication to ensuring that our courts are responsive to the legal needs of South Carolina’s senior citizens. Judge Faulkner graduated Magna Cum Laude/Phi Beta Kappa from the University of South Carolina. She was admitted to the S. C. Bar in November, 1982. Subsequently, she was admitted to the US Federal Court Fourth District and the United States Supreme Court. Prior to her election to the office of Probate Judge, Judge Faulkner practiced law for 13 years, working as a legal aid attorney, a S. C. Assistant Attorney General, a solo practitioner and a part time Associate Probate Judge. She has been a continuous member in good standing of both the South Carolina Bar and the Greenville County Bar since 1982. Other professional organizations include the S.C. Probate Judges Association, the National College of Probate Judges, the S. C. Women Lawyers, the American Bar Association, the American Judges Association, and the National Association of Women Judges. She has served on numerous community boards including the Advisory Council to the Greenville Technical College’s Paralegal program, the Mountain to Midlands Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation and various United Way boards. She currently serves as a board member on the Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum. She is a member of the Greenville Professional Women’s Forum and a member of Greenville First Baptist Church. She is a graduate of Leadership Greenville, Class XXVI, and a graduate of Furman University’s Riley Institute for Diversity, and a Paul Harris Fellow in Rotary International.

Date and Time

Tue, November 13, 2018

9:00 AM – 3:00 PM EST

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Location

Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Greenville

847 Cleveland Street

Greenville, SC 29601

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