These course modules are pending approval by the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC)® as counting toward the continuing education requirements for the ADEC® Certified in Thanatology (CT)® and Fellow in Thanatology (FT)® national certification programs. Updates will be provided upon approval.
Grief and Loss - Yesterday and Today
Dates: September 8 to October 20, 2020, 6-9pm (Hybrid, every other week)
This module will look at the conversations and language used in grief and loss. We will discuss and review theories of death & dying, and how they have stayed the same and expanded through the years. Discussions such as: are the stages still relevant? Do we experience grief and loss the same? What is a "Good Goodbye?", and many more will be explored during this first class.
Cultural and Socio-Economic Effects of Death & Dying
Dates: January 19 - March 2, 2021, 6-9pm (Hybrid, every other week)
In this module, an exploration and discussion of culture and rituals. These traditions affect the dying process and aftermath of a death. The fabric of a family and storytelling of the lives involved are often reflected upon at the end of life. How other cultures honor lives and spiritual beliefs will be explored. We hope you will bring your own stories and traditions to share with the class.
Compassion Fatigue and Caring For Your Patients
Dates: March 16 - April 27, 2021, 6-9pm (Hybrid, every other week)
This module will look at the work of the care team and the emotional toll of working with chronically or terminally ill patients. Has the role of technology in death played a role in the increased stress caregivers and patients experience? We will also discuss the signs and symptoms of Compassion Fatigue and strategies for coping with stress.
Who Should Attend
- Healthcare Workers
- Bereavement Support Staff
- Church Clergy
- Funeral Home Staff