Conference Theme: Sudden and Traumatic Death

The purpose of this conference is to provide a variety of quality presentations and sessions where participants learn, are motivated and are encouraged to use what they have learned in their place of business when they return.

Topics Include:

  • Sudden Loss, Trauma and Personal Crisis
  • Guilt and Shame with Sudden Loss
  • Dreams and Nightmares Following Traumatic Death
  • Emerging Adults in Traumatic Grief
  • Secondary Traumatization among Healthcare Workers
  • Comparing Assisted Death, Sudden Death and Suicide
  • Understanding Traumatic Loss in Public Safety Officers
  • The Relationship between Psychological Disorders and Suicide
  • Grief and the Military Family
  • The Effect of Loss on Learning
  • Meaning, Memory and the Ranking of Bereavement
  • The Harvard Child Bereavement Study

Featured Conference Speakers:

Keynote:

Susan A. Adams, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Counseling and Development, Texas Woman's College, Denton, Texas
Richard B. Gilbert, Ph.D., CT, Adjunct Faculty, Graduate School of Social & Behavioral Science, Mercy College, N.Y.
Stephanie Rabenstein, M.Sc., RMFT, Child and Family Therapist, Child & Adolescent Mental Health Care Program-Outpatient Children's Hospital, London, Ontario, Canada 
Daniel M. Rudofossi, PSY.D., PH.D., Ret. Sgt., New York Police Department
Robert G. Stevenson, Ed.D., Associate Professor, Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.
Neil Thompson, B.A.(Hons), CQSW, MBA, Ph.D., DLitt, QDR, FHEA, FCIPD, FRSA, Managing Director, Avenue Consulting Ltd., Wales, U.K.
J. William Worden, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Rosemead School of Psychology, La Mirada, Calif.

Poster sessions:

Janet McCord, Ph.D., FT, Associate Professor of Thanatology; Director, Edwin S. Shneidman Program in Thanatology, Marian University, Fond du Lac, Wis.
Harold Ivan Smith, DMin, FT, Thanatologist, self-employed, Kansas City, Mo.
Janet Buntrock, Rev, MA, LPC, FT, Sole Proprietor Candlelight Counselor, Military Family Life Counselor, (Independent Contractor), Affiliate Instructor Colorado Christian University, Lakewood, Colo.
Rev. Brian Shaffer, Grief Steps LLC, Columbus, Ohio
Peter Ford, MDiv., Lead Chaplain, Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, Va.
Laurel Burnett, LCPC, LMHC, NCC, Family Therapy of Albuquerque, Albuquerque, N.M.

Concurrent sessions:

Laurel E. Hilliker, Ph.D., CP, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Executive Director of the Center to Advance the Study of Loss, Park University, Kansas City, Mo. 
Patricia Grace, Faculty/Counselor, Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College, Cloquet, Minn.
Richard Forest, D.Min., CT, Chaplain, Norton Healthcare/Kosair Children's Hospital, Louisville, Ky.
Marcia Williams, MSN, MS, LPC, RN, Systematic Perspectives-Mental Health Clinic, Brookfield, Wis.
Erica Srinivasan, Ph.D., Psychology Dept., University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Wis.
Janna Henning, J.D., Psy.D., F.T., B.C.E.T.S., Adler School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, Ill.
Pat Markos, Director, Institute for Professional Studies in Education, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Wis.
Harold Ivan Smith, DMin, FT, Thanatologist, self-employed, Kansas City, Mo.
Janet McCord, FT, Associate Professor of Thanatology; Director, Edwin S. Shneidman Program in Thanatology, Marian University, Fond du Lac, Wis.
Marcia Jenkins, RN, National Faculty, Resolve Through Sharing, Rockville, Ind.
Cadmona Hall, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Adler School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, Ill.
Udi Lebel, Senior Lecturer, Ariel University, Tel Aviv, Israel
Joy Johnson, author and presenter, co-founder of Centering Corporation and Ted E. Bear Hollow, Omaha, Neb.
Ben Schroeder, Business Manager, Centering Corporation, Omaha, Neb.
Laurel Burnett, LCPC, LMHC, NCC, Family Therapy of Albuquerque, Albuquerque, N.M.
Rev. Brian Shaffer, Grief Steps LLC, Columbus, Ohio

This educational offering is recognized by the following for continuing education credit:

  • Association for Death Education and Counseling®
  • National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)*
  • American Psychological Association Continuing Education
  • University of Wisconsin-Extension

*May not meet Association of Social Work Boards requirements

Planning Committee:

  • Gerry Cox, Ph.D.
  • Richard B. Gilbert, Ph.D., CT, FAAGC
  • Rana K. Limbo, Ph.D., RN, PMHCNS-BC
  • Lori A. Pacourek, MSSW, CAPSW
  • Andrew Vitale, CT
  • Jill Wilke, RN
  • Erica Srinivasan, B.A., Ph.D.
  • Casey Tobin, B.S., MEd, M.A., Ph.D.​​

Co-providers: Gundersen Health System, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Center for Death Education & Bioethics and Continuing Education and Extension

Contributing Sponsors: Baywood Publishing and Centering Corporation

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