Creative and Therapeutic Rituals

Creative and Therapeutic Rituals

Program Details
This webinar explores the use of ritual in assisting individuals who are grieving a loss.  These rituals can include funeral and memorial services, group rituals, and individual therapeutic rituals.  The webinar begins with a discussion delineating the therapeutic value of ritual.

Available until June 8, 2016


Kenneth J. Doka, PhD, MDiv, , is a professor of gerontology at the Graduate School of The College of New Rochelle and Senior Consultant to the Hospice Foundation of America. A prolific author and editor, Dr. Doka serves as editor of HFA’s Living with Grief® book series, its Journeys newsletter, and numerous other books and publications. In addition, Dr. Doka has served as a panelist on HFA’s Living with Grief® educational programs for 20 years. Dr. Doka was elected president of the Association for Death Education and Counseling in 1993. In 1995, he was elected to the board of directors of the International Work Group on Death, Dying and Bereavement and served as chairperson from 1997-1999. The Association for Death Education and Counseling presented him with an Award for Outstanding Contributions in the Field of Death Education in 1998 and its Special Contributions Award in 2014 . In 2006, Dr. Doka was grandfathered in as a Mental Health Counselor under New York’s first state licensure of counselors. He has been the keynote speaker at conferences throughout North America as well as Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand, and is a frequent guest on television and radio news programs. Dr. Doka is an ordained Lutheran minister.

Pamela Gabbay, MA, FT, is a bereavement consultant and adjunct faculty member at Brandman University. She is also part of the national Training Corps for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Formerly, Pamela was the Director of the Mourning Star Center for Grieving Children. In her capacity as the Director of the Mourning Star Center, Pamela worked extensively with grieving children and their families. Additionally, she created and served as the Camp Director for Camp Erin, Palm Springs, a bereavement camp for children in Southern California. Pamela and the Mourning Star Center have been featured on Hospice Foundation of America’s bereavement programs Living with Grief: Children and Adolescents, Living with Grief: Helping Adolescents Cope with Loss, and Beyond Kubler-Ross: New Perspectives on Death, Dying and Grief.

How Does It Work?
HFA Webinars are affordable ways to easily access information from some of the best-known names in the field, providing hands-on strategies that can be applied in your clinical practice. Registration includes access to the program for a full year.  The webinar program is 90-minutes in length and available for 1.5 CE credits for a wide range of health and social service professionals. Both organizational and individual registration options are available.
Archived webcast is available to view anytime until June 8, 2016

Viewing instructions and program slides are available online as soon as you are registered. These are located in your Download Materials online at https://register.hospicefoundation.org

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CE Credits
After viewing the program, apply for CE certificates at educate.hospicefoundation.org

You will need the Live CE code/Course code displayed at the end of the program. Complete the evaluation and exam for the program, then simply choose your board and print or email your certificate.

CE certificates are included in the price of registration and are available until June 8, 2016.
I. Introduction: Ritual as a Therapeutic Tool
A. The Definition of Ritual
B. The Power of Ritual
II. Funeral Rituals and Memorial Services
A. Research and Theoretical Perspectives on the Value of Funerals and Memorial Events
B. Enhancing the Value of Funeral Rituals
III. Therapeutic Ritual
A. Principles of Therapeutic Ritual
B. Types of Therapeutic Rituals
1. Continuity
2. Transition
3. Reconciliation 
4. Affirmation
C. Using Therapeutic Ritual in Group Settings
1. Principles and Cautions
2. Examples
a. Grief Groups
b. Grief Camps
c. Hospice Events
d. Others
IV. Conclusion
At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to:
1. Define ritual and differentiate it from other actions such as repetitive actions;
2. Define liminal and describe the therapeutic benefits of liminal actions;
3. Describe current research on the value of funeral rituals/memorial services and delineate four
factors that enhance funeral rituals/funeral services;
4. List and describe four types of therapeutic rituals and discuss the principles underling the use of
therapeutic ritual.
5. Describe principles and cautions in using therapeutic rituals in group settings. 
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