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


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 — Understanding the Grief of Addiction and Overdose Death
Live webinar, 12 to 1:30 p.m. Eastern

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

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 Advisory Board member

January 11 — 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 Advisory Board member

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

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 Men, Grief, and Posttraumatic Growth
Live webinar, 12 to 1:30 p.m. Eastern

  • 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

March 28Underserved and Overlooked: Supporting Widowed Parents
Live webinar, 12 to 1:30 p.m. Eastern
1.5 continuing education credit hours available

  • Justin M. Yopp, PhD, Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Moderator: Chantel Dooley, MA, PhD candidate, Director, TAPS Impact Assessment

April 25Double Whammy: Coping with the Death of a Spouse While Parenting a Grieving Child
Live webinar, 12 to 1:30 p.m. Eastern

  • Justin M. Yopp, PhD, Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Tina Barrett, EdD, LCPC, Executive Director and Co-Founder, Tamarack Grief Resource Center

June 11Returning to Work after a Death
Live webinar, 12 to 1:30 p.m. Eastern

  • Rachel Kodanaz, International Speaker, Best-selling Author and Corporate Consultant

June 20 to 21Helping Individuals and Families Coping with Grief: Best Practices for Bereavement Professionals
Held at TAPS Institute, Arlington, Virginia
Day 1, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Day 2, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
8 continuing education credit hours available

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

July 9Grief Dreams
Live webinar, 12 to 1:30 p.m. Eastern

  • Joshua Black, PhD, Grief Dreams Researcher, Speaker, Author, and Host of the Grief Dreams Podcast.

July 10Understanding Toxic Exposure Illness -- POSTPONED -- If you would like to be notified when the new date is scheduled, please send an email to institute@taps.org
Live webinar, 12 to 1:30 p.m. Eastern

  • Colleen Bowman, TAPS Senior Advisor on Toxic Exposure Loss
  • Moderator: Grace Seamon-Lahiff, TAPS Program Evaluation Manager, Impact Assessment and Research

July 30Intimate Partners and Suicide: Finding Hope When the Unthinkable Happens
Live webinar, 12 to 1 p.m. Eastern - Question and answer session, 1 to 1:30 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

August 13Building Your Circle of Support After a Loss
Live webinar, 12 to 1:30 p.m. Eastern

  • Denise Rollins, PhD, Executive Director, Whole Heart Grief & Life Resource Center

August 27Grieving as They Grow
Live webinar, 12 to 1:30 p.m. Eastern

  • Vicki Jay, CEO, National Alliance for Grieving Children

September 10The 411 on Professional Grief and Trauma Counseling
Live webinar, 12 to 1:30 p.m. Eastern
1.5 continuing education credit hours available

  • Jon Reid, PhDLPCFT, TAPS Advisory Board Member

September 20Moving Yourself Forward 
Held at TAPS Institute, Arlington, Virginia
1 to 2:30 p.m.

  • Eileen O’Grady, PhD, School of Wellness faculty member
  • Paul Tschudi, EdS, MA, LPC, School of Wellness faculty member, TAPS Advisory Board Member

September 24Finding Wholeness After Trauma
Live webinar, 12 to 1:30 p.m. Eastern

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

October 8 — Supporting My School Aged Children Throughout the Grief Journey
Live webinar, 12 to 1:30 p.m. Eastern

  • Jon Reid, PhD, LPC, FT, TAPS Advisory Board Member

October 29 — Providing Hope and Healing to Those Coping with Trauma and Loss
Live webinar, 12 to 1:30 p.m. Eastern
1.5 continuing education hours available

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

November 12 — Rebuilding Faith and Hope After Loss
Live webinar, 12 to 1 p.m. Eastern

  • Kevin Quiles, MDiv, MA, LPC, NCC

November 14 — Artful Grief
Held at TAPS Institute, Arlington, Virginia 
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern
5 Continuing Education hours available

  • Sharon Strouse, MA, ATR-BC, LCPAT, TAPS Advisory Board Member

November 20 — So Much Has Changed: Managing Secondary Losses During the Holidays
Live webinar, 12 to 1 p.m. Eastern

  • Kenneth J. Doka, PhD, MDiv, 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.