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514 | Navigating the Grief: Building Resilience in Caretakers through Culturally Sensitive Counseling Strategies

Counseling Skills, Techniques, and Empirically-supported Treatments, Friday 9/15 4:15 – 5:30 PM, Workshop Tracks


Laurel Shaler, Ph.D.; Cynthia Doney, Ph.D.



Approved For CE

Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Pastors, Pastoral Counselors, Lay Counselors, Coaches

Approved For CME/CEU




This presentation is for licensed mental health professionals and ministry leaders helping caretakers navigate the ins and outs of managing either anticipatory or current grief due to the loss of loved ones while simultaneously facing the challenges of supporting and caretaking other loved ones who have been left behind. Attention will be given to the diversity of cultural variance in responses to death and best practices for addressing caretaker losses within the boundaries of cultural sensitivities. Emphasis will also be placed on how clinicians may counsel and support caretakers in moving toward resiliency behaviors while grieving their own loss.

Learning Objectives

1. Identify the multiple issues experienced by caretakers grieving a personal loss, who are also faced with the challenges of maintaining the position of resilient caretaker for loved ones who remain
2. Recognize the varied responses to grief and loss of caretakers from other cultures (outside of their own) and be able to articulate best practices for compassionate and diverse counseling of those individuals
3. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of how to counsel caretakers with resiliency while also making time to grieve their own losses
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