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      Traumatic Loss and the Family: Strategies for Intervention in Johnson City

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      October 25, 2019

      Friday   9:00 AM

      101 West Springbrook Drive
      Johnson City, Tennessee 37604

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      Traumatic Loss and the Family: Strategies for Intervention

      Traumatic experiences such as homicides, suicides, substance overdoses, and car crashes add an extra layer of potential complication to the experience of bereavement. But of course, deaths from natural causes can also include traumatic elements; professionals have heard family members express their shock in words like, “I knew he would die one day; I just didn’t expect it now.” The unexpectedness of the death paired with the lack of opportunity to say goodbye makes these kinds of losses especially difficult to grieve. This workshop will overview the current thinking about the contribution of trauma to grief, as well as the roles shame and blame can play in complicating the grief process. Moreover, we will discover together practical ways both professionals and volunteers can be helpful—in the early hours after loss and along the difficult road ahead. Though Bill Hoy has presented about traumatic loss for most of his 35 years in practice, this topic takes on special relevance now. In February 2017, Dr. Hoy was involved in a horrific car crash when a speeding commercial truck rear-ended his nearly stopped sedan on I-35 in Waco. While he sustained head and orthopedic injuries, his rear seat passenger, a friend of 45 years, was killed, and her husband in the front seat was seriously injured. Since the husband’s subsequent death, Bill is the sole survivor from the crash. In addition to the practical evidenced-based practices for psychotherapy in loss and trauma Dr. Hoy will offer in this workshop, he will talk about the personal journey of integrating this loss into life. He will talk poignantly about the impact on his wife, their adult children, and their friendship circle, as well as the ways they continue to grapple with meaning in the shadow of this event. He will explain the experienced benefits of EMDR in coping with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, how they are managing the ongoing cognitive impacts of the brain injury, and how they have grappled with the challenges of the legal system. If you are working with clients, patients, constituents, or friends who are dealing with unexpected deaths, you can expect to find practical tools in this workshop. Types of professionals who may benefit include: physicians, nurses, social workers, funeral directors, child life specialists, counselors, educators, psychologists, hospice personnel, clergy, chaplains, lay ministers, healthcare workers, hospice workers and others. Purpose and Objectives At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to… Effectively assess the role trauma plays in the bereaved individual’s experience Apply an integrative approach to bereavement in unexpected death Utilize practical strategies when helping families grapple with the shame and blame of substance overdose death Assist individuals as they sort through narratives and images in making meaning of the loss Enhance skills of compassionate presence, cultural customs, and open-ended questioning in supporting family members and friends after trauma Explain the impact of traumatic stress disorders (such as PTSD) on the bereavement process Provide proven intervention strategies to help the patient/client/friend effectively integrate the traumatic loss into life. About Our Speaker With nearly 35 years of experience in hospice, congregation, bereavement center, and university teaching and research, William G. (Bill) Hoy is Clinical Professor of Medical Humanities at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, a post he has held since 2012. Prior to his family’s move to Texas, Dr. Hoy directed the clinical counseling programs for Pathways Volunteer Hospice in Long Beach where he served nearly 17 years. Dr. Hoy’s area of scholarly interest has been in better understanding the role played by the body in funeral rituals around the world, and he is widely regarded as an authority on the role of the funeral in the social support necessary for effective grieving. His research findings are chronicled in Do Funerals Matter? The Purposes and Practices of Death Rituals in Global Perspective (Routledge, 2013). His newest book is Bereavement Groups and the Role of Social Support: Integrating Theory, Research, and Practice (2016).  FAQs How can I contact the organizer with any questions? Please contact Vickie at or by calling (423) 262-5245. Will CEU's be available? This program was approved by the National Association of Social Workers – Tennessee Chapter (Provider Number: NASWTN 2019-0123) for 6.0 continuing education units in ethics. We have applied for CEU credits for Tennessee funeral directors. The application is currently under review by our state board.

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