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Adapting to Change: Online Grief Support During a Pandemic

  • 18 Jun 2021
  • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Online (Gotowebinar)
  • 469


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DescriptionDue to the pandemic, many mental health providers converted in-person services to an online format. Groups are particularly challenging to convert to a live online format because of the need to engage multiple participants simultaneously. The CARE 4 Grief psychoeducational support group was quickly adapted to a live online format and this webinar focuses on techniques and lessons learned for mental health professionals when converting in-person groups to live online groups.

CE Broker Tracking #: 20-807594

This event is sponsored by FMHCA, an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider. FMHCA NBCC Provider# 2058. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.  FMHCA is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. This course is approved by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling, LMHC, LMFT, LCSW – FMHCA CE Broker #: 50-748

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe pre-group planning strategies and implement techniques to engage clients prior to starting online grief psychoeducational support group.
  2. Implement methods to make in-person grief psychoeducational support groups adaptable to a live online format.
  3. Apply techniques and skills to engage clients and implement the necessary skills to help a disengaged client during online grief psychoeducational support group.
  4. Evaluate client’s progress and outcomes post-online grief groups.

About the Presenters:

Michelle-Ann Rhoden Neita is a licensed clinical social worker in Florida and Illinois, registered play therapist, and certified trauma therapy provider. She is presently pursuing her grief therapy certification. She is currently the chairperson of Center for Advancement Restoration and Empowerment, a social service organization, the founder of FamPac Wellness Center, an organization providing psychotherapy and program evaluation services, and an assistant professor in the Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois Chicago. Michelle-Ann has extensive clinical experience working with children and families in child welfare who have experienced abuse, neglect, separation, grief, and loss. She co-authored the CARE 4 Grief Psychoeducational manual, which is a grief support group manual for adults experiencing the death of a significant person. She has presented at numerous conferences and published several journal articles on the impact of trauma exposure and psychological trauma on one’s well-being. She currently engages in research focusing on the impact of traumatic experiences, including the violent death of a significant other, on youth and adults with criminal backgrounds.

Lataya Dennis Hall is a Mental Health professional, educator, and writer, who currently serves as the Executive Director of the Center for Advancement Restoration and Empowerment Inc. (CARE Inc.), an organization in Miami Gardens, Florida. She also serves as a director of the board of Empowering Abuse Victims Ministry. She is also a Board-Certified Christian Counselor, a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern, and a Certified Pre-Marital Counselor in the counties of Broward and Miami Dade, Florida. She serves on various mental health coalitions throughout the U.S. and the Caribbean. She holds a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University, where she is currently pursuing a PHD in Neuropsychology. Lataya is a dynamic speaker/presenter who is known for facilitating and coordinating workshops and seminars on various mental health topics including: fostering healthy marriages and families, trauma and abuse, crisis management, stress management, understanding mental health disorders, coping with grief and loss, and building resilience. She has collaborated with major organizations such as Mental Health America, Florida International University, Nova Southeastern University, South Florida Wellness Network, Choose Life International, and Apostolic Camp International just to name a few to raise awareness on the impact of mental health problems. She co-authors and facilitates the CARE 4 Grief Psycho-educational curriculum and manual, a grief support course for people grieving the loss of a loved one. She sees herself as an advocate of the underserved and disenfranchised members of our society and leads with the value of her CARE Inc., “Empowering others to care for themselves.”

Esther M. Harrow, a Registered Marriage & Family Therapy Intern, has been working in the field of marriage and family therapy for the past eight years. She is currently providing therapeutic services for clients that have DUI (Driving Under the Influence) cases. She works with CARE 4 Grief, which offers a psychoeducational group intended to help grieving individuals understand their grief journey. Previously, she worked with families providing in-home therapy in South Florida. She is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and St. Thomas University where she received her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. She is currently pursuing her grief counseling certification. Her philosophy is that grief is a necessary part of life as we are constantly evolving. Her goal is to help grieving individuals create their new normal. She enjoys reading, singing, listening to music, and hanging out with her friends. She is a volunteer at Pentecostal Tabernacle International, having participated in the choir, Outreach Missions, Homeless Feeding, Hospitality team, and as a Sunday school teacher.

Annette Taylor-Spence holds a Master of Science degree in Conflict Analysis & Resolution, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies, and a Certificate in Substance Abuse Studies from Nova Southeastern University, Davie, Florida. She also has a Bachelor of Religious Studies degree from The International University of Biblical Studies. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Conflict Resolution Studies and certification as a grief counselor. Her doctoral research examines how the death of a child and the subsequent grief impacts the communication between parents. A teacher, speaker, playwright, poet, trainer, facilitator and conflict coach, Annette offers conflict resolution services through Love CareFronting LLC. Her services as a trainer and workshop presenter have been used at marriage retreats, staff training in corporate settings, and at retreats and workshops by churches. Annette is an Associate with the Organizational Consulting firm of Neil Katz and Associates where she designs training material and develops original role-plays to be used with target groups in training workshops. At Pentecostal Tabernacle, Miami Gardens, Florida, Annette is the ministry liaison to bereaved members of the congregation to provide emotional support and funeral planning assistance. She is also a volunteer at Center for Advancement, Restoration and Empowerment Inc., Miami, Florida where she is a contributing editor to the CARE 4 Grief Psychoeducational groups manual and a co-facilitator to the grief groups.

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