2018-19 Educational Programs

HFA is excited to annouce the programs for the 2018-19 educational year. 
August 21- #grief: Social Media and MourningView Program Details 
Both adolescents and adults are using social media both to explore and to cope with grief. This webinar reviews the strengths and limitations of social media – offering sage advice to counselors on ways to monitor and utilize social media with their clients.
  • Kelly Rossetto, PhD, Boise State University
  • Michelle Post, MA, LMFT, CTBS, Manager of Donor Family Aftercare, OneLegacy  
September 18 - Exploring Complementary Pain Management Techniques in End-of-Life Care
Individuals seek non-pharmacological interventions such as complementary/alternative medicine (CAM) for end-of-life care as an adjunct to conventional medicine to assist in symptom management and improve quality of life. This webinar focuses on the concept of "total pain" and highlights techniques such as aromatherapy and massage, to further support dying patients.  
  • Mish Sproat, DNP
  • Moderated by Marion Grant, DNP, RN, CRNP, Director of Policy and Professional Engagement at C-TAC
October 16 - Supporting Disenfranchised Grievers
What happens when grief cannot be openly acknowledged, socially sanctioned, or publicly mourned? The webinar explores the contexts and causes of disenfranchised grief as well as complications arising from disenfranchisement.  A strong emphasis of the presentation is on interventive strategies that can enfranchise grief.
  • Kenneth J. Doka, PhD, MDiv, The College of New Rochelle 
  • Dale Larson, PhD, Santa Clara University
January 15 - Cultural and Spiritual Competency in End-of-Life Care 
Can you competently respect and deal with cultural and spiritual diversity?  This webinar teaches participants ways both to understand a client’s spirituality and culture as well as ways that they can empower clients to effectively utilize their spiritual strengths in coping with illness, loss and grief.
  • Nora Luna, M.Ed., Director of Diversity and Grant Funding, Nathan Adelson Hospice
  • Kristopher Halsey, DDiv, PhD, Bereavement Services Manager, VITAS Healthcare
  • Moderated by The Rev. Paul A. Metzler, D.Min
February 19 - Funerals and Beyond: Using Rituals to Support Grieving Youth
Rituals represent one of the oldest and most resilient tools that humans have used to deal with death. Even in Neolithic times, there is evidence of elaborate rituals used to bury the dead. Even rituals can be a powerful tool to help children and adolescents deal with loss. This webinar explores the ways that funerals and therapeutic ritual can support grieving youth.
  • Pamela Gabbay, Ed.D, FT, The Satori Group
  • Brad Speaks, President and CEO, Speaks Family Legacy Chapels
Released March 12, 2019 - Living with Grief® - Aging America: Coping with Loss, Dying, and Death in Later Life
  • Kenneth J. Doka, PhD, MDiv, The College of New Rochelle
  • Patricia Murphy, PhD, RN, Rutgers University Hospital
  • Brian DeVries, PhD, San Francisco State University

May 21 - Managing Difficult Family Dynamics During Illness and Death
The very definition of hospice care centers on family-centered care.  Yet this can be very complicated when dealing with difficult or dysfunctional families during the crises of a family member’s terminal illness.  This webinar assists hospice and other professionals in assessing difficult families and offers strategies for effectively working with such families as they cope with illness and loss.
  • Karla Washington, PhD, University of Missouri
  • Moderated by Kenneth J. Doka, PhD, MDiv, The College of New Rochelle

June 18 - Best Practices in Counseling Survivors of Sudden and Traumatic Loss 
Sudden and traumatic loss complicates the grieving process.  In this webinar, participants explore factors unique factors in sudden and  traumatic loss as well as effective strategies for assisting survivors of such devastating death.
  • Terese Rando, PhD, BCETS, BCBT, The Institute for the Study and Treatment of Loss
  • Bret Moore, PsyD, Author, Educator, and Military Mental Health Consultant

All webinars are held on the third Tuesday from Noon-1:30 pm ET.
On-demand viewing and CE hours are available for one year following the live event.

The following packages are available. Click on the icon to learn more about each package:

2018-19 Webinar Package
Package includes all 2018-19 webinar programs


2018-19 Webinar Package + Living with Grief® 2019

Package Includes all 2018-19 webinar programs and the annual Living with Grief® program:

2018-19 Webinar Package and Living with Grief® Sponsorship
Package Includes all 2018-19 webinar programs and sponsorship of the annual Living with Grief® program