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Exploring the Grief of Addiction & Overdose Death
March 16, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 12:15 pm
With an increase in substance use disorders and overdose deaths in communities around the country, clinicians with less experience in addiction and overdose are often asked to serve family members being touched by this epidemic. This session provides a foundation to understanding the needs and evidence-based tools for helping families impacted by the opioid crisis. This session will assist professionals in understanding the unique aspects of family grief while experiencing addiction within the family and coping with a substance-related death.
3.0 Category I continuing education units for social workers licensed by the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners.
Friday, March 16, 2018 9 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. (Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. Coffee and light breakfast will be provided.)
Registration Required – Limited Space is Available. Please see below to register online, or call 888.501.7077.
Chesapeake Life Center at Hospice of the Chesapeake is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education programs and maintains full responsibility for this program. This training qualifies for Category I continuing education units.
Presenter: Litsa Williams MA, LCSW-C
Litsa Williams MA, LCSW-C is the co-founder of the grief website and support community ‘What’s Your Grief’, as well as the grief expression sites ‘Photogrief’ and ‘Grief In Six Words’. Before founding What’s Your Grief, Litsa worked with patients and families at end of life in circumstances of unexpected and traumatic losses, supporting families and providing ongoing grief and bereavement support in the years following a death. Feeling frustrated with the online and print materials that were available for grievers, she co-founded What’s Your Grief as a resource offering concrete, practical, creative, down-to-earth, and accessible grief support. What’s Your Grief offers hundreds of articles on all topics around grief and loss, print resources to support grievers, grief-focused ecourses, a podcast, grief book club, and in-person support including workshops and support groups. With a background in substance abuse services in addition to grief, Litsa and the WYG team provide specific and targeted grief support and education to families grieving the ambiguous loss of having a family member with a substance use disorder, as well as to those who have lost a loved one to overdose.