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.

 

2018 Event Calendar


March 5TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing Launch
Held at TAPS Institute, Arlington, Virginia, 2–4 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, 12–2 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.–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, 4:30–6:30 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, 12–1:30 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, 12–1 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, 12–1:30 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, 12–1:30 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, 12–1:30 p.m. Eastern
1.5 continuing education credit hours available

  • Kelly Rossetto, PhD, Assistant Professor, Communication Department, Boise State University

August 23Coping with Grief, Reaching Out for Support
Live webinar, 12–1:30 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.–4 p.m.
5 continuing education credit hours available

  • Litsa Williams, MA, LCSW-C, Co-Founder, and Eleanor Haley, MS, Co-founders of the What's Your Grief? Website

September 26 Communicating with Teens and Young Adults about Death and Grief
Held at TAPS Institute, Arlington, Virginia,  Part I: 1–3:30 p.m. Part II: 46 p.m. Eastern
2.5 continuing education credit hours available for Part I 

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

November 1 — Accessing Comfort Care for Veterans and First Responders with Serious Illness
Held at TAPS Institute, Arlington, Virginia, Time TBA

  • Andrew Balafas, Regional Veterans Community Liaison, VITAS Healthcare
  • John Feal, Founder and President, FealGood Foundation; Director of the Zadroga Bill

November 1 — Memory Bash®
Held at TAPS Institute, Arlington, Virginia, 7–9 p.m. Eastern

  • Allison Gilbert, Author of Passed and Present, 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.