Speaker: Paula Bunn, LMFT, FT
We live in a death-denying culture, in which most people avoid thinking about mortality as long as possible. However, there is strong clinical evidence that those who refuse to consider their own deaths in advance actually suffer the most anxiety and trepidation. Conversely, there is power, freedom, and peace in facing our fears and preparing ourselves for the future. In addition, as mental health clinicians, we are best equipped to support and treat our fearful clients when we have faced down and confronted the inevitability of our own deaths. This workshop will give insight, understanding, hope and confidence as you begin to explore your own personal death awareness, and will have relevance and transferability to other types of loss, as well.
This is a participatory, hands-on workshop, with exercises, self-assessments, and discussion, designed to raise awareness of one’s mortality. The better able we, as mental health clinicians, are to face our own fears of death, the better equipped we are to support and treat our clients. Be brave, and come ready to explore!
- Give an introduction and overview to “personal death awareness.”
- Promote attendees’ sense of self-determination and freedom of choice in response to death-related decisions.
- Increase therapists’ comfort and capacity to support and treat clients dealing with fear or avoidance of death or other types of loss.
- Describe three ways awareness of one’s mortality helps one personally or professionally live a more effective life in the present.
- List four common fears of death or dying, and identify two personal death-related fears.
- Name five specific decisions one can make regarding a death ritual or celebration, and identify at least one personal decision you have made today.
- Identify three kinds of non-death-related loss to which many aspects of death awareness also apply.
Pre-registration is required.
Earn 1.5 CEU's
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