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Facilitating Therapeutic Care for Clients Experiencing Traumatic Grief and Loss

  • 08/14/2020
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Zoom
  • 44


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Facilitating Therapeutic Care for Clients Experiencing Traumatic Grief and Loss, by Glenda Laurent Dickonson, Ph.D., LCPC, NCC, August 14th, 10am-12noon, via Zoom.

The last few months have served up a toxic blend of negative events that have resulted in pain, grief, loss, and trauma to many members of our communities.  The emergence of COVID-19 as a pandemic has significantly adjusted our worldview and caused an unprecedented requirement for social distancing and isolation resulting in the exacerbation of symptoms of depression, anxiety, and stress.  Many have experienced and grieved both real and imagined fear of loss of safety and lives, and a significant number of citizens have also suffered a loss of livelihood.  The rash of police violence saturating cities across the United States has heightened the need to examine society and culture through the lens of critical race theory.  It has also triggered an overdue recognition of the presence of racial trauma among black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC), and the ripple effect of violence and death, which have resulted in traumatic grief.  This workshop will address how mental health professionals can provide care and counsel to clients affected by the above-mentioned events, who are experiencing traumatic grief, and are at risk of sustaining permanent emotional scarring with far reaching negative effects on their wellbeing. This presentation further aims to empower mental health practitioners with the requisite tools to facilitate their clients’ needs, to address their experience of traumatic grief, and to achieve appropriate healthy coping skills with the possibility of attaining posttraumatic growth.  

Attendees will learn 1) strategies and techniques to address the effects of traumatic grief from systemic racial trauma; 2) how to address the negative impact of COVID-19 on clients with pre-existing conditions with trauma-informed interventions; and 3) use of posttraumatic growth to improve client outcomes. 

Glenda Laurent Dickonson, Ph.D., LCPC, NCC is a licensed clinical professional counselor with a passion for helping her clients on their journey to wellness.  She embraces positive psychology and a growth-oriented, eclectic approach to treatment.  Dr. Dickonson earned both her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision and her MS in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University Maryland.  She also earned an M.S.Ed. in Guidance and Counseling from Hunter College, City University of New York. 

Dr. Dickonson works in private practice and as a contract therapist at an OMHC.  She is experienced in diagnosing and treating a range of mental health and behavioral issues and offers individual, couples, and group counseling, currently via a telehealth portal.  Her practice includes, but is not limited to treating mood disorders, trauma, bereavement, traumatic grief, anger, relationship, and self-esteem issues. Dr. Dickonson’s research focuses on the cultural and spiritual intersections of parental grieving and posttraumatic growth among parents of homicide victims.  Her study has contributed to the development of a trauma grief growth model which she uses as a framework for understanding and treating traumatic grief.

Registration Fees:

MCA student/retired   $10

MCA professional      $20      

MCA non-member     $30

Attendees will receive 2 CEs for this webinar.           

The Maryland Counseling Association, Inc. is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 2021, and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC Credit are clearly identified. MCA is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.  

As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, the Maryland Counseling Association, Inc. uses all funds to support the mission, vision, purpose, and needs for counselors in the State of Maryland. Therefore, all registration fees are final and non-refundable.”

Maryland Counseling Association

915 Russell Ave, Suite B Gaithersburg, MD 20879


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