College of Nursing Offers Workshop for Bereavement Counselors

College of Nursing Offers Workshop for Bereavement Counselors

May 4, 2005 6:00 PM

The University of Utah College of Nursing and the University of Utah Hospitals & Clinics are offering a Bereavement Facilitators Training Workshop on Tuesday, May 17 from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. The workshop will be held at the college, 10 South 2000 East.

Sponsored by the colleges Caring Connections: A Hope and Comfort in Grief Program, the workshop is designed for professionals who may be called upon to assist someone in grief, from health-care workers and educators to religious leaders and law enforcement officials. Participants will learn to identify common characteristics of grief and basic skills for facilitating a grief group.

Workshop sessions will focus on developing group leadership skills, conducting grief support groups, encouraging group participation and handling disruptive behaviors in a group setting. Special break-out sessions will address specific needs of grieving children and adolescents as well as those coping with a suicide. Presenters include Beth Vaughn Cole, Ph.D., A.P.R.N., Caring Connections program director and professor of nursing; Jan Harvey, MS, A.P.R.N., bereavement coordinator for University Hospitals & Clinics; and Teresa Willard, L.C.S.W., Behavioral Health Sciences, University Hospital.

For more information or to register, contact the Caring Connections office at 801-585-9522 or email The registration fee is $120 and continuing education credits are available to nursing and social work professionals. Founded eight years ago, Caring Connections sponsors the annual workshop and offers grief support groups four times a year.

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