Working With Grief and Loss in the Time of Coronavirus



Working With Grief and Loss in the Time of Coronavirus

Friday, August 14, 2020

9:00am to 12:00pm


Presenter: Dr. Amy Olshever, PhD, LCSW

NASW-NYS Members: $30

Non-Members: $60
NASW-NYS Student Member: FREE

This workshop is approved for 3.0 continuing education credit hours for licensed social workers, licensed mental health counselors, and licensed marriage and family therapists

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Workshop Description

Grieving a loss can be challenging for most of us under “normal” circumstances. Working with adults grieving losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic can present us with new and greater challenges as we collectively experience an unprecedented sense of fear and vulnerability. This session will cover the fundamental aspects of working with adults experiencing loss and grief and highlight the complications of grieving during the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants will be provided tools to help identify and understand the complex nature of grief, criteria for determining healthy vs. unhealthy coping, interventions for addressing this level of grief with examples from practice, interventions to address the various types of grief and loss clients will experience due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including loss of loved ones, co-workers, and non-human losses, such as loss of social and physical contact, loss of work and financial security, loss of structure and sense of certainty. Clinical interventions presented will include use of EMDR, EFT, hypnotherapy, grounding exercises and mindfulness. 


Learning Objectives

After the completion of this webinar, participants will:

  • Define and understand grief in terms of multiple layers of loss in the context of COVID-19
  • Identify theoretical grief models and describe multiple types of grief
  • Distinguish between healthy and unhealthy coping with grief
  • Formulate grief-informed intervention strategies to respond to the impacts of loss due to COVID-19
  • Identify and apply self care interventions to use for themselves and their clients

This workshop is approved for 3.0 continuing education credit hours.

NASW-NYS is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers (Provider ID #0014), licensed mental health counselors (Provider ID #MHC-0053), and licensed marriage and family therapists. (Provider ID #MFT-0037)

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Dr. Amy Olshever, PhD, LCSW has been a practicing social worker for over 30 years with chronically and terminally ill patients and their families. Since 2003, she has worked exclusively in the field of end of life/hospice care and bereavement as a social worker, field instructor, social work manager, social work director and Clinical Director. She has also taught as adjunct faculty at Adelphi University, York College and LIU Post for over 10 years at both the undergraduate and graduate levels integrating bereavement and end of life issues into all the courses she has taught. Amy’s doctoral research addressed the experiences of home health aides caring for people at the end of life. Currently, Amy is in private practice, specializing in loss, grief trauma and chronic illness.



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August 14th, 2020 9:00 AM   through   12:00 PM
Event Fee(s)
NASW-NYS Member $ 30.00
NASW Other Chapter Member $ 45.00
Non-Member $ 60.00
NASW-NYS Student Member $ 0.00