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Grief and Bereavement

Grief and Bereavement

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 This event is not sponsored by the alumni association and does not fall under the benefits of founding membership status.

When: January 6, 2016, 9:00am- 5:30pm (lunch on your own)

Where: Richmont Graduate University

                 1900 The Exchange SE, Building 100

                 Atlanta, GA 30339

Continuing Education: 6.5 NBCC-approved CE Clock hours Awarded. 6.5 approved CE Clock Hours Awarded to Psychologists. No Partial Credit will be awarded.

Fee: $100.00

Presenters: Amanda Blackburn, Psy.D. and Vanessa Snyder, Ph.D.

Dr. Amanda Blackburn is Dean of Students and Assistant Professor of Counseling at Richmont Graduate University. Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. Licensed Psychologist. Psy.D., M.A.  Wheaton College; B.A., Asbury College. Specializations: Adolescent and Adult Women’s Development, Interpersonal Relationships, Grief, Spiritual Issues, Depression and Anxiety. Member: APA, CAPS.

Dr.Vanessa Snyder is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Sex Therapist and AAMFT Approved Supervisor in Training. She is a 2008 graduate as well as the Dean of Clinical Affairs at Richmont Graduate University. She received her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from Regent University in VA. Her areas of research interests include: sexual abuse and trauma; trauma effects on the God perception; trauma treatment with play/art therapy, assessment in treatment of adults who experience trauma/complex trauma; secondary traumatic stress, complex trauma model protocol used for human trafficking and dissociative disorders. She is currently working with Hope for Justice (Nashville, TN) on research and program evaluations of trauma treatment models in sex trafficking shelters. Vanessa is also the Academic Dean for the Institute of Sexual Wholeness



This introductory course explores the grief and bereavement process from psychological, interpersonal, cultural, historical, developmental, systemic, and integrative perspectives. Those in the course will learn introductory level assessment and treatment of normal, pathological, and traumatic grief by health care professionals. Participants will explore components of a theology of suffering. The signifcance of therapist self-awareness, discernment, and self-care will also be discussed.

Learning Objectives: As a result of attending this seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Identify and understand the changes, losses and transitions of bereavement.
  • Describe the biopsychosocial and spiritual components to grief.
  • Assess the effects of grief on the family system.
  • Demonstrate understanding of developmental and cultural differences that shape the bereavement process.
  • Explain the effects of the grief process on the physical and psychological system.
  • Apply strategies for competent grief work.

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Please direct your questions regarding registration to Autumn Stephenson at

Refunds must be requested prior to January 5, 2016

Richmont Graduate University has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 4534. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Richmont Graduate University is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. 

Richmont Graduate University is approved by the American Psychologist Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Richmont Graduate University maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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