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.

 


† 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.

 

Event Calendar


February 11 — Grief River: A Nature-Inspired Map for Understanding Grief and Loss
Live webinar, 12 to 1 p.m. Eastern

  • Thom Dennis, DMin, LCPC, CT, Bereavement Coordinator, NorthShore University Health System

February 18 — Who Am I Now? Life After Caregiving Ends
Live webinar, 12 to 1 p.m. Eastern

  • William G. Hoy, DMin, FT, Clinical Professor, Baylor University, TAPS Advisory Board Member

February 25 — Supporting Bereaved Children with Autism
Live webinar, 12 to 1:30 p.m. Eastern

  • Margaret Lynn Beaudoin-Kobb, MDiv, Staff Chaplain, Co-Chair Elect, Diversity & Inclusion Core Council, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
  • David Stevenson, MDiv, CT, Bereavement Coordinator, Crossroads Hospice

March 5 — Love After Loss (for women)
Live webinar, 12 to 1 p.m. Eastern

  • Carla Stumpf-Patton, EdD, LMHC, NCC, FT, CCTP, TAPS Suicide Prevention & Postvention Initiatives
  • Susan Starnes, LCSW-C

March 7 — Introduction to Mind-Body Skills
In-person workshop at TAPS Headquarters, Arlington, Virginia, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Eastern

  • Hosted in partnership with the American Red Cross

March 10Love After Loss (for men)
Live webinar, 12 to 1 p.m. Eastern

  • Justin M. Yopp, PhD, Psychologist and Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill
  • Warren G. Pellegrin, United States Marine Corps veteran and TAPS Peer Mentor

March 18Coping with Grief in Uncertain Times
TAPS Talk live connection, 2 to 3 p.m. Eastern

  • Ken Doka, PhD, MDIV
  • Bonnie Carroll, TAPS President and Founder

March 19Meditation and Self-Care for Stressful Times
TAPS Talk live connection, 2 to 3 p.m. Eastern

  • Heather Stang, MAC-IATY, TAPS Advisory Board

March 20Finding Hope in the Midst of Loss
TAPS Talk live connection, 2 to 3 p.m. Eastern

  • William G. Hoy, DMINFT, TAPS Advisory Board

March 21Living the Lessons of Grief in Uncertain Times
TAPS Talk live connection, 2 to 3 p.m. Eastern

  • Emily Muñoz, TAPS Health and Wellness Director

March 22The Smart thing and the Right thing are usually the Same thing ...strategies for navigating today's world
TAPS Talk live connection, 2 to 3 p.m. Eastern

  • Robert J. Delany, National Basketball Association, TAPS Advisory Board

March 23Strategies for Healthy Eating
TAPS Talk live connection, 2 to 3 p.m. Eastern

  • Kristen McGill, RD, CSOWM, In-Store Nutritionist at Giant Food

March 24Too Close for Comfort: Mental Health and Wellness During Changing Family Dynamics
TAPS Talk live connection, 2 to 3 p.m. Eastern

  • Kim Ruocco, MSW, Vice President of TAPS Suicide Prevention and Postvention
  • Carla Stumpf-Patton, EdD, LMHC, NCC, FT, CCTP, TAPS Suicide Prevention & Postvention Initiatives

March 25The Power of Perspective: Choosing Gratitude
TAPS Talk live connection, 2 to 3 p.m. Eastern

  • Erin Jacobson, TAPS Senior Advisor, Outreach and Engagement

March 26Catching some Zzz’s – Finding Rest when Stressed
TAPS Talk live connection, 2 to 3 p.m. Eastern

  • Heather Stang, MAC-IATY, TAPS Advisory Board

March 27Strategies for Coping When you are Feeling Isolated
TAPS Talk live connection, 2 to 3 p.m. Eastern

  • Dale Larson, PhD, Professor of Counseling Psychology at Santa Clara University

March 28Managing Work and Family Under the Same Roof
TAPS Talk live connection, 2 to 3 p.m. Eastern

  • Rachel Kodanaz, Consultant, Author and Speaker

March 29Managing Substance Use during this Challenging Time
TAPS Talk live connection, 2 to 3 p.m. Eastern

  • Franklin Cook, MA, CPC, Consultant, Speaker and Trainer in Suicide Prevention and Postvention

March 30Trust and Laughter During a Crisis
TAPS Talk live connection, 2 to 3 p.m. Eastern

  • Frank Campbell, PhD, LCSW, CT, Senior Consultant for Campbell and Associates Consulting

March 31 — Coping with Hurtful Comments
TAPS Talk live connection, 2 to 3 p.m. Eastern

  • Rev. Paul A. Metzler, DMin, clergy member, therapist, and grief counselor

April 1Grieving as a Grandparent
TAPS Talk live connection, 2 to 3 p.m. Eastern

  • Kenneth J. Doka, PhDMDiv, TAPS Advisory Board Member
  • Dana and Linda O’Brien, TAPS Peer Mentors

April 2Helping Kids Feel More Secure in Uncertain Times
TAPS Talk live connection, 2 to 3 p.m. Eastern

  • Pamela Gabbay, EdD, FT, co-founder of the Satori Group

April 3Go Outdoors! The Healing Power of Nature
TAPS Talk live connection, 2 to 3 p.m. Eastern

  • Tony Paz, TAPS Director of Outdoor Engagement
  • Rachel Hunsell, TAPS Expeditions Coordinator
  • Gabriel Rao, Manager, TAPS Men's Programs

April 6Who am I now?
TAPS Talk live connection, 2 to 3 p.m. Eastern

  • Erin Jacobson, TAPS Senior Advisor, Outreach and Engagement

April 7Why Won’t You Talk to Me About This? Managing Different Coping and Grieving Styles Under the Same Roof
TAPS Talk live connection, 2 to 3 p.m. Eastern

  • Kenneth J. Doka, PhDMDiv, TAPS Advisory Board Member

April 8Frightened AND Enlightened: The Stress Response and Your Window of Tolerance
TAPS Talk live connection, 2 to 3 p.m. Eastern

  • Emily Muñoz, TAPS Health and Wellness Director

April 9Meditation for Uncertain Times
TAPS Talk live connection, 2 to 3 p.m. Eastern

  • Heather Stang, MAC-IATY, TAPS Advisory Board
  • Moderated by Tara Woodruff, TAPS Care Groups Manager

April 10 — TAPS is Here for You
TAPS Talk live connection, 2 to 3 p.m. Eastern

  • Bonnie Carroll, TAPS President and Founder
  • Audri Beugelsdijk, Vice President, TAPS Survivor Services
  • Brittany Bonin-Bruder, Director, TAPS Casework and Education Support Services

April 138 Reasons Your Grief Might Feel Worse and Tips for Coping
TAPS Talk live connection, 2 to 3 p.m. Eastern

  • Litsa Williams, MALCSW-C, co-founder of What’s Your Grief  website

April 14 — Reducing Stress and Restoring Hope
TAPS Talk live connection, 2 to 3 p.m. Eastern

  • James S. Gordon, MD, Founder and Executive Director, The Center for Mind-Body Medicine, TAPS Advisory Board Member

April 15 — A Conversation with the VA about Managing Benefits During this Challenging Time
TAPS Talk live connection, 2 to 3 p.m. Eastern

  • Kevin Friel, Deputy Director, Pension and Fiduciary Service in Veterans Benefit Administration (VBA)
  • Jason Hoge, Director of Operations for the Debt Management Center
  • Julie Lawrence, Chief, Treasury Education External Relations Division
  • James Ruhlman, Deputy Director for Program Management within the Veterans Benefits Administration's Education Service

April 16 — Extraordinary Hope 
TAPS Talk live connection, 2 to 3 p.m. Eastern

  • Kim Burditt, Manager, Programs & Logistics, Suicide Prevention & Postvention
  • Reverend Laura Biddle, Interim Minister, Brookside Congregational Church, Manchester, New Hampshire

April 17 — Finding Your Magic Wand: Four Questions to Help You and Your Kids Work Through Tough Times 
TAPS Talk live connection, 2 to 3 p.m. Eastern

  • Stephanie Heitkemper, MA, MFT, LPC, RPT, owner of Resilient Minds Counseling, PLLC

April 20 — Empowered Coping
TAPS Talk live connection, 2 to 3 p.m. Eastern

  • Erin Jacobson, TAPS Senior Advisor, Outreach and Engagement
  • Emily Muñoz, TAPS Health and Wellness Director

April 21 — The Power of Hope
TAPS Talk live connection, 2 to 3 p.m. Eastern

  • Tessy Ojo, Chief Executive of the Diana Award
  • Diana Hosford, Vice President, TAPS Sports and Entertainment

April 23 — Going through Crisis: Survive and Thrive 
TAPS Talk live connection, 2 to 3 p.m. Eastern

  • Eric Hipple, Former Detroit Lions quarterback and mental health advocate

April 28 — The Power of Peer Mentoring 
TAPS Talk live connection, 2 to 3 p.m. Eastern

  • Kellie Hazlett, Senior Manager of TAPS Peer Mentor and Online Community Programs

April 30 — Building Connections in Grief with your Children 
TAPS Talk live connection, 2 to 3 p.m. Eastern

  • Vicki Jay, CEO, National Alliance for Grieving Children

May 5 —  Self-Care Tools 
TAPS Talk live connection, 2 to 3 p.m. Eastern

  • Tara Woodruff-Dukes, Manager, TAPS Care Groups Program

May 7Helping Grievers Cope with Guilt, Anger, and Other Difficult Emotions
Live webinar, 12 to 1:30 p.m. Eastern
1.5 continuing education hours available

  • Kenneth J. Doka, PhDMDiv, TAPS Advisory Board Member
  • Dale Larson, PhD, Professor of Counseling Psychology at Santa Clara University

May 7 — Am I Supposed to Feel This Way? Acknowledging Uncomfortable Emotions In Grief
TAPS Talk live connection, 2 to 3 p.m. Eastern

  • Kenneth J. Doka, PhDMDiv, TAPS Advisory Board Member

May 12 — Objects & Heirlooms: Clearing Clutter and Staying Connected 
TAPS Talk live connection, 2 to 3 p.m. Eastern

  • Allison Gilbert, Emmy award-winning journalist, TAPS Advisory Board member

May 14 — Mourning Your Loss When the Whole World is Grieving 
TAPS Talk live connection, 2 to 3 p.m. Eastern

  • Patti Anewalt, PhDLPCFT, Director of the Pathways Center for Grief & Loss with Hospice & Community Care

June 4Save A Warrior Meditation 
Live webinar, 12 to 1 p.m. Eastern

  • Major Brad Gallup, USMC, USAF (Ret.), , Facilitator/Elder, Save A Warrior™

June 12Adult Siblings as Disenfranchised Grievers 
Live webinar, 12 to 1:30 p.m. Eastern
1.5 continuing education hours available

  • Christina Zampitella, PsyD, FT

June 23Mystical Experiences of the Dying and Bereaved, An Interfaith, Multi-cultural Perspective 
Live webinar, 12 to 1:30 p.m. Eastern
1.5 continuing education hours available

  • Terri Daniel, CT, CCTP

July 1A Conversation on Loss & Resilience in a Life of Adventure
Live webinar, 12 to 1 p.m. Eastern

  • Vern Tejas, Mountain Climber, Alpine Ascents International Guide
  • Will Gadd, Ice Climber, Outdoor Adventurer
  • Gabriel Rao, Manager, TAPS Men's Program
  • Rachel Hunsell, Coordinator, TAPS Expeditions

July 28"I'm Losing Him Before He's Gone" Coping with Anticipatory Grief
Live webinar, 12 to 1 p.m. Eastern

  • Kenneth J. Doka, PhDMDiv, TAPS Advisory Board Member

August 6Creating a New Future with Your In-laws After Loss
Live webinar, 12 to 1 p.m. Eastern

  • Rachel Kodanaz, Consultant, Author and Speaker

September 8PREVENTS - A Whole Nation Approach to Suicide Prevention
Live webinar, 12 to 1 p.m. Eastern

  • Barbara Van Dahlen, PhD, Executive Director of the PREVENTS Task Force
  • Carolyn Colley, military veteran, TAPS Peer Mentor and member of the PREVENTS Task Force

September 15Grief and Young Adults in Military-Connected Families
Live webinar, 12 to 1:30 p.m. Eastern
1.5 hours continuing education credits available

  • Heather L. Servaty-Seib, PhD, HSPP
  • Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth, PhD

October 13A Time to Mourn, A Time to Dance: Finding Balance in the Midst of Grief
Live webinar, 12 to 1 p.m. Eastern

  • Kenneth J. Doka, PhDMDiv, TAPS Advisory Board Member

October 22Is it Depression or is it Grief?
Live webinar, 12 to 1 p.m. Eastern

  • Robert A. Niemeyer, PhD, TAPS Advisory Board Member

November 5How Hospice and Palliative Care Can Support Military Families
Live webinar, 12 to 1 p.m. Eastern

  • Carlos Graveran, Executive Director, Hospice of Frederick County
  • Ryan Weller, National Program Manager of Palliative & Hospice Care at the Department of Veterans Affairs

November 19Creating New Holiday Traditions while Honoring the Past
Live webinar, 12 to 1 p.m. Eastern

  • Maria Georgopoulos, LMHC, FT, Director of the Bereavement Services Department, Calvary Hospital

December 1Five Things Kids Bereaved by Suicide Want Adults to Know
Live webinar, 12 to 1 p.m. Eastern

  • Andy McNiel, MA, TAPS Youth Program Senior Advisor
  • Carla Stumpf-Patton, EDDLMHCNCC, FTCCTP, TAPS Suicide Prevention & Postvention Initiatives

December 8Grief in the Holidays: Finding Meaning and Hope as a Family
Live webinar, 12 to 1 p.m. Eastern

  • Andy McNiel, MA, TAPS Youth Program Senior Advisor

December 15Healing Trauma and Finding Hope in the Outdoors
Live webinar, 12 to 1 p.m. Eastern

  • Christine Lynn Norton, PhD, LCSW, Professor of Social Work at Texas State University

January 12 — "Be Strong" and Other Myths of Grief
Live webinar, 12 to 1 p.m. Eastern

  • Kelvin Chin, MA, JD, Grief Recovery Expert and Author

January 28 — Mindfulness as Your Superpower
Live webinar, 12 to 1 p.m. Eastern

  • Jill A. Harrington, DSWLCSW, TAPS Volunteer
  • Heather Stang, MAC-IATY, TAPS Advisory Board