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OFDA Webinar - Thursday, August 30, 2018 at 2pm EST

Assessing Grief and Loss in the Mental Health and Addictions Community

The Ohio Funeral Directors Association is pleased to announce online education opportunities, which connect you with top speakers and programs from your home or office. Earning CE hours, increasing your knowledge, training your staff and learning about new trends has never been easier! 

Assessing Grief and Loss in the Mental Health and Addictions Community

Losing a loved one is always hard, especially when that loss was the result of an overdose. Grieving that type of loss brings up complicated emotions and feelings of shame, blame, isolation, fear and guilt. Add to that the stigma associated with drugs and overdoses, and it becomes increasingly hard to find support from friends, the community, and even our own families. Participants will be able to distinguish grief from mourning, and what makes each person's grief unique.

Participants will understand how an accidental overdose death affects bereaved family members and will be able to help them navigate the funeral and memorial process. The opioid crisis is at an all time high, especially in Ohio, who leads the nation in opioid deaths. Understanding what these bereaved families are going through will help funeral directors have a more compassionate approach to funeral planning and supporting families.

Presenter - Julia Ellifirtt, LISW-S 
Julia has extensive experience in the fields of hospice and bereavement care. Licensed by the State of Ohio as an Independent Social Worker, Julia’s experience includes caring for the terminally ill and their families, bereavement care services, community education, traumatic death interventions, research, graduate student supervision, volunteer programs coordination and development of psychosocial components for hospice programs. Julia is a skilled practitioner in counseling and program development, with Bachelor's (Cleveland State University) and Master's Degrees (Case Western Reserve University) in Social Work.

How to Attend
Join the live program from your office, home, or hotel room using a computer with high speed internet. You may ask questions, participate in surveys, and post comments from your computer during the program. Please note that credit (if available) is only provided to registered attendees participating at their own computer and phone. Simple instructions with a link to the program will be sent when you register and again the day before the webinar.

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Thursday, August 30 @ 2pm EST

One CE 

Duration: 60 minutes

  • $45 for Members
  • $65 for Non-members

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