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Do you ever walk into a session with a client who is experiencing grief and feel like you're at a loss for words?

As if your training didn’t provide you with the right actions to help move your clients through the pain?

Grief is complicated, and your clients need direction through one of the worst experiences of their lives. Join Beth Eckerd, Ph.D., JD, in this digital course - Counseling Grief Clients: Practical Interventions from New Theoretical Insights – where she demonstrates over 20 interventions to help you confidently assist clients during the difficult grief process. 

Confidently assist clients dealing with grief and loss – and care for yourself in this challenging work – when you enroll in this digital course.


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Every client experiences loss at some point in their lives. Know how to treat your client, invest in your practice, and take care of yourself in this challenging work.

Grief is taxing on your client – and on you. Discover practical interventions to provide relief for your clients and gain self-care tools to appropriately manage and care for yourself in this challenging work. Dr. Beth Eckerd uses her experience in grief, diagnosis, personality, psychopathology, death education, and counseling to show you techniques that help you prepare to speak with these clients, and give them a concrete path moving forward.



What You Will Learn:





The cost of loving and caring

Models for understanding grief

Older, familiar models
  • The “griefwork” hypothesis.
  • Kubler-Ross stages.
Current theories and approaches
  • Attachment theory.
  • Phase and task models.
  • Meaning reconstruction.
  • Dual process model.
  • Continuing bonds.


  • Emotional and cognitive expressions.
  • Physical manifestations.
  • Behavioral expressions.
  • Social behaviors and societal reactions.

Predictors and mediators of the experience

  • Background: grief is highly individual.
  • Personality and other vulnerability factors.
  • Who died; quality of the relationship.
  • Social, contextual, and cultural influences.
  • Mode of death.
  • Other influences.

Non-death losses





Grief counseling

  • How is it different from other types of counseling?
  • Who often benefits (and who may not)?

Components of a general approach

  • The 3 Rogerian conditions.
  • Power of presence.
  • Being a companion/therapist for your grief clients.

Cross-cultural and other diversity considerations

Dealing with emotional intensity

Grief vs. trauma

Interventions: 20 ideas to start using now

When clients’ grief is disenfranchised

Working with couples or families who have experienced the “same” loss

Preparing for grief “spikes”

Post-traumatic growth





Common trajectories for grief

What is “complicated” grief and how do you recognize it?

Risk factors for complicated grief

Overview of treatments for complicated grief





How DSM-5® differentiates between depression, grief, and PTSD

DSM-5® Persistent Complex Bereavement Disorder

Use of Adjustment Disorder diagnosis with grief clients

Measurement/assessment of grief





The risks and joys of this work



Training opportunities in this field




Continuing Education Approvals


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Marriage and Family Therapists


Pastoral Counselors/Clergy

Social Workers

Art Therapists

Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors

School Psychologists 

Mental Health Nurses



Earn up to 6 CE Credits - For Only $189.99

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 Meet Your Instructor


Beth Eckerd, Ph.D., JD

Experienced educator, Licensed Psychologist, and Certified Thanatologist.


After earning her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Kentucky, Dr. Eckerd was a full-time faculty member at Indiana University Southeast in New Albany, Indiana, and a tenured Associate Professor at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California. After retiring from her faculty responsibilities, Dr. Eckerd launched her own private counseling practice in Medford, OR. Dr. Eckerd’s teaching, research, and clinical focus has been on grief, diagnosis, personality and psychopathology, death education, and counseling.


More about Dr. Eckerd:

  • Taught undergraduate and graduate-level psychology and counseling courses for over a decade.
  • Co-authored a chapter in Abnormal Psychology Through the Ages entitled “When is Grief ‘Abnormal’? The Changing Approach to Grief in the DSM®”
  • Published articles in Death Studies and other peer-reviewed journals.
  • Dr. Eckerd is an ad-hoc reviewer for Death Studies, the premier thanatology journal.
  • Presented frequently to professional groups on DSM-5®’s overall changes and, more specifically, on DSM® diagnosis of grief-related symptomatology.



Financial - Receives a speaking honorarium from Vyne Education.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.




What Your Colleagues Are Saying





Excellent program! Learned a great deal about grief that has inspired me to apply this framework to other losses. The instructor was engaging and easy to listen to.

- Elizabeth Carnaval, Art Therapist



This training was beyond excellent!

- Marie Swiderski, Social Worker



I learned new theories and approaches that I wasn’t aware of. I will use the exercises in grief groups that I conduct. The class was upbeat and enjoyable. The instructor did a fabulous job of presenting!

- Stuart Grant, LPC, Educator, Clergy



This presenter was excellent, knowledgeable and an extremely talented speaker.

- Janet Weiss, Psychologist




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