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Therese Rando, Grief And Loss Expert, To Lead SC Conference

March 8, 2004

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., March 8, 2004 -- Dr. Therese A. Rando, internationally known grief and complicated mourning researcher, author, teacher and clinician, will give the keynote address at Springfield College’s conference on “Grief & Loss: Enriching Community Practice Skills,” March 19, 2004, 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at the Brennan Center, 45 Island Pond Rd., Springfield.

The conference is the first in a Springfield College series of continuing education programs in which leading human services professionals and Springfield College faculty members will collaborate in presentations designed to enrich community practice.

Rondo, author of “Treatment of Complicated Mourning” and other books on dying, death and grief, will differentiate grief from complicated mourning in her address designed for professionals who work with bereaved persons. She also will identify a number of common mistakes made by clinicians.

Breakout sessions led by noted regional clinicians and Springfield College faculty will explore various aspects of grief. Rondo will facilitate a session on “Intervention in Traumatic Bereavement as a Type of Complicated Mourning.”

Barbara Weiner, founder of The Garden: A Center for Grieving Children and Teens, and Jen Lee-Feinberg, MSW candidate at Springfield College, will conduct the session, “How to Support Grieving Children and Teens.”

Robert Zucker, certified thanatologist and publisher of the “Grief and Healing Newsletter,” will join Springfield College Director of Undergraduate Art Education and Art Therapy Simone Alter-Muri in facilitating “Creating in Community: Introduction to a Powerful Creative Writing/Art Process for the Bereaved.”

Facilitating “Family Grief: Assessment and Intervention Approaches,” will be Katherine Walsh-Burke, Springfield College associate professor of social work, Laura Maggio, Springfield College professor of psychology, and Patricia Riggs, social worker at Hospice/VNA Alliance of Hampshire County.

Sister Shamshad Sheikh, Muslim chaplain at several area colleges, and Judith A. Stang, Springfield College adjunct professor of Human Services, will conduct “Grief: Working with Culturally and Spiritually Diverse Communities.”

Facilitating the session “Addiction is a Many Splendored Loss: Helping Individuals and Families Grieve and Recover” will be Peter Lynch, clinical director of ALSO-Cornerstone, Inc. in New Haven, Conn., and Corrie Trattner, Springfield College assistant professor of occupational therapy.

Professionals attending the workshop will qualify for continuing education units. The conference fee is $100, which includes continental breakfast and lunch. There is an additional $25 fee for the breakout session facilitated by Rondo. More information is available from the Springfield College Office of Academic Affairs at tel. (413) 748-3959.

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