TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing®

The TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing® is positioned to be the national and worldwide leader in training and education for bereavement professionals, bereaved individuals, and grieving military and civilian families.

Through an alliance with the Hospice Foundation of America, the foremost leader in professional grief and loss education, the Institute serves as a resource and training center, providing a hub for high-quality collaboration between professionals working in the field of grief and loss.

At the Institute, practical information on coping with loss is accessible to all who seek current strategies, the most effective tools, and best practices for supporting those who are grieving and those who serve the grieving. 

TAPS has teamed with the Hospice Foundation of America to educate caregivers, mental health professionals, clergy, funeral directors, casualty officers, the bereaved themselves, and many others on the best ways to travel the grief journey. Together at the Institute, the two organizations provide workshops, seminars, panel discussions, and more to train professionals and help individuals and families thrive after loss.

 

Jon Stewart
Jon Stewart speaks at the launch of the TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing® on March 5, 2018.

 

Event Calendar


March 5TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing Launch
Held at TAPS Institute, Arlington, Virginia, 2 to 4 p.m. Eastern

  • Jon Stewart, Former Daily Show Host, Comedian, and Supporter of the Military and First Responders
  • Hope Edelman, Author of Motherless Daughters and Motherless Mothers
  • Claire Bidwell Smith, Author of The Rules of Inheritance
  • Rebecca Soffer, Author of Modern Loss
  • Allison Gilbert, Author of Passed and Present and Always Too Soon, TAPS Advisory Board Member

April 20Transforming Loss: Finding Potential for Growth
Held at TAPS Institute, Arlington, Virginia, 12 to 2 p.m. Eastern
2 continuing education credit hours available

  • Bret Moore, PhD, ABPP, Army Clinical Psychologist and Co-Author, The Post-Traumatic Growth Workbook
  • Kenneth J. Doka, PhD, MDiv, Professor of Gerontology, The College of New Rochelle Graduate School; Senior Consultant, HFA; TAPS Advisory Board Member
  • Linda Goldman, MS, LCPC, NBCC, FT, Author of Life and Loss: A Guide to Help Grieving Children, TAPS Advisory Board Member
Ken Doka, Linda Goldman and Bret Moore

May 3Soul Injury | PTSD and Trauma Integration
Held at TAPS Institute, Arlington, Virginia, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern
4 continuing education credit hours available 

  • Deborah Grassman, MSN, ARNP, Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Author of Peace at Last and The Hero Within and Co-founder of Opus Peace

May 9Grief Is a Journey
Live webinar, 12–1:30 p.m. Eastern, course open through May 8, 2019
1.5 continuing education credit hours available 

  • Kenneth J. Doka, PhD, MDiv, Professor of Gerontology, The College of New Rochelle Graduate School, and Senior Consultant, HFA, TAPS Advisory Board member

May 16Photographing Grief
Held at TAPS Institute, Arlington, Virginia, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Eastern

  • Litsa Williams and Eleanor Haley, Mental Health Professionals and Founders  of the What’s Your Grief? Website

June 19Attachment Theory and Grief Support
Live webinar, 12 to 1:30 p.m. Eastern, course open through June 18, 2019
1.5 continuing education credit hours available 

  • John R. Jordan, PhD, and Phyllis Kosminsky, LCSW, PhD,  Co-authors of Attachment-Informed Grief Therapy: The Clinician's Guide to Foundations and Applications

June 27Understanding Why People Die by Suicide
Live Webinar, 12 to 1 p.m. Eastern, course open through June 26, 2019

  • Carla Stumpf-Patton, EdD, LMHC, NCC, FT, CCTP, Director of Suicide Postvention Programs at TAPS, Surviving Spouse of Marine Sgt. Richard Stumpf

July 17Why Aren't You Crying? Understanding Grieving Styles
Live webinar, 12 to 1:30 p.m. Eastern
1.5 continuing education credit hours available 

  • Kenneth J. Doka, PhD, MDiv, Professor of Gerontology, The College of New Rochelle Graduate School;  Senior Consultant, HFA; TAPS Advisory Board Member
  • Terry L. Martin, PhD, Associate Professor of Thanatology, Hood College

August 7Understanding Children's Grief
Live webinar, 12 to 1:30 p.m. Eastern
1.5 continuing education credit hours available 

  • Vicki Jay, CEO, National Alliance for Grieving Children
  • Bob Arrington, Chair, Funeral Service Foundation; President, Arrington Funeral Directors

August 21#grief: Social Media and Mourning
Live webinar, 12 to 1:30 p.m. Eastern
1.5 continuing education credit hours available

  • Kelly Rossetto, PhD, Assistant Professor, Communication Department, Boise State University
  • Michelle Post, MA, LMFT, CTBS, Manager of Donor Family Aftercare, OneLegacy

August 23Coping with Grief, Reaching Out for Support
Live webinar, 12 to 1:30 p.m. Eastern

  • Heidi Horsley, PSYD, LMSW, MS, Co-founder, Open to Hope, TAPS Advisory Board Member
  • Debbie Rambis, Executive Director, The Compassionate Friends
  • Moderator: Gloria Horsley, PhD, MS, CNS, Co-founder, Open to Hope, TAPS Advisory Board Member

September 14Understanding and Applying Modern Grief Theory
Held at TAPS Institute, Arlington, Virginia, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern
5 continuing education credit hours available

  • Litsa Williams, MA, LCSW-C, Co-Founder, What's Your Grief 
  • Eleanor Haley, MS, Co-founder, What's Your Grief 

September 19Suicide, Grief, and Trauma: Supporting Veterans and Families of the Fallen
Live webinar, 12 to 1 p.m. Eastern
1 continuing education credit hour available

  • Shauna Springer, PhD, Senior Director of TAPS Suicide Prevention and Postvention
  • Moderator: Kim Ruocco, MSW, Vice President of TAPS Suicide Prevention and Postvention

September 26 Counseling Bereaved Teens: Bridging the Communication Gap
Held at TAPS Institute, Arlington, Virginia,  1 to 3:30 p.m.
2.5 continuing education credit hours available

  • Pamela Gabbay, EdD, FT, The Satori Group, LLC
  • Andy McNiel, MA, The Satori Group, LLC
  • Tina Barrett, EdD, LCPC, Executive Director and Co-Founder, Tamarack Grief Resource Center

September 26 Talking with Teens about Death and Dying: Bridging the Communication Gap
Held at TAPS Institute, Arlington, Virginia,  4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Eastern

  • Pamela Gabbay, EdD, FT, The Satori Group, LLC
  • Andy McNiel, MA, The Satori Group, LLC
  • Tina Barrett, EdD, LCPC, Executive Director and Co-Founder, Tamarack Grief Resource Center

October 24 — Handle with Care: Supporting Your Grieving Body, Mind and Spirit
Held at TAPS Institute, Arlington, Virginia, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern

  • Heather Stang, Author of Mindfulness and Grief; TAPS Board of Advisors
  • Min Krishnamurthy, Nutritionist for Giant Food

November 8 — Passed and Present: Keeping Memories of Loved Ones Alive 
Live webinar, 12 to 1:30 p.m. Eastern

  • Allison Gilbert, Author of Passed and Present, TAPS Advisory Board Member

November 15 — Relaxation Meditation to Ease the Anxiety, Stress and Tension of Grief
Live webinar, 12 to 1:30 p.m. Eastern

  • Heather Stang, Author of Mindfulness and Grief; TAPS Board of Advisors

December 4 — Coping with Waves of Grief During Special Times
Live webinar, 12 to 1:30 p.m. Eastern

  • Patti Anewalt, PhD, LPC, FT, Director, Pathways Center for Grief & Loss

December 11 — After an Overdose Death: Understanding Your Grief
Live webinar, 12 to 1:30 p.m. Eastern

  • Franklin Cook, MA, CPC, Owner, Unified Community Solutions

December 13 — Compassion Meditation for Meaning Making and Posttraumatic Growth
Live webinar, 12 to 1:30 p.m. Eastern

  • Heather Stang, MAC-IAYT; Author of Mindfulness and Grief; TAPS Board of Advisors

January 8 — Understanding and Addressing the Needs of Bereaved Military Families
Live webinar, 12 to 1:30 p.m. Eastern

  • M. Katherine Shear, MD, Founder and Director, Center for Complicated Grief
  • Stephen J. Cozza, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, Uniformed Services University; Associate Director, Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress

January 17 — Meditation for Coping with Difficult Emotions
Live webinar, 12 to 1:30 p.m. Eastern

  • Heather Stang, MA, C-IAYT; Author of Mindfulness and Grief; TAPS Board of Advisors

January 30 — Loss, Grief and the Quest for Meaning
Held at TAPS Institute, Arlington, Virginia, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Eastern

  • Robert A. Neimeyer, PhD

January 31 - February 1 — Techniques of Grief Therapy: Creative Practices for Counseling the Bereaved
Held at the TAPS Institute, Arlington, Virginia
Day 1, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Processing the Event Story of the Death
Day 2, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Accessing the Back Story of the Relationship
Continuing education credit hours available

  • Robert A. Neimeyer, PhD

February 5Grief to Growth: A Roadmap to a Healthy Grief Journey
Live webinar, 12 to 1 p.m. Eastern
1 continuing education credit hour available

  • Kim Ruocco, MSW, Vice President of TAPS Suicide Prevention and Postvention
  • Moderator: Shauna Springer, PhD, Senior Director of TAPS Suicide Prevention and Postvention

February 12 Creating Opportunities for Posttraumatic Growth
Live webinar, 12 to 1:30 p.m. Eastern
1.5 continuing education credit hours available

  • John Feal, Founder and Director, FealGood Foundation; Director of the Zadroga Bill
  • Bret Moore, PysD, ABPP; author, educator, and military mental health consultant
  • Kenneth J. Doka, PhD, MDiv, Professor of Gerontology, The College of New Rochelle Graduate School; Senior Consultant, HFA; TAPS Advisory Board Member

† Program in partnership with Hospice Foundation of America

Additional events will be added to the Institute calendar. Dates and times subject to change.

 

Contact Information

TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing® is located at TAPS National Headquarters, 3033 Wilson Blvd., Third Floor, Arlington, VA 22201. Email us at Institute@taps.org or give us a call at 800-959-8277 (TAPS) with any questions.