Helping Individuals and Families Coping with Grief: Best Practices for Grief Professionals

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TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing | Arlington, Virginia

The TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing® is honored to bring internationally-recognized expert in grief and loss, Kenneth J. Doka, PhDMDiv, to Arlington, Virginia for this 2-day seminar. Continuing education credits are available for professionals.


Ken Doka
Ken Doka, PhD, MDivKen Doka, Ph.D., M.Div., is professor of gerontology at the Graduate School of the College of New Rochelle, an internationally known author and speaker on grief and bereavement, a member of the TAPS Advisory Board, and a senior consultant to Hospice Foundation of America.

Program Details

Understanding modern grief theory is essential in applying best practices to grief counseling and support. This workshop will empower grief professionals to recognize current understandings of grief and use them to effectively support the bereaved using interventive counseling techniques. Registered attendees will receive a series of short readings and exercises to complete prior to the workshop. The course will include lecture-discussion, small group discussions, role-playing, and other interactive experiences.



  • Day 1: Beginning with a basic review of grief concepts, participants will next explore six areas where previous understandings of grief have been challenged and developed. Dr. Doka will review research on grief interventions as participants consider the goals and techniques of grief counseling in individual, family, and group settings. 

    9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. — The Nature of Grief

    10:45 a.m. -11:00 a.m. — Break

    11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.—Challenging the Paradigm: New Understandings of Grief

    12:30 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. — Lunch

    1:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. —The Nature of Military Loss

    3:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. — Break

    3:15 p.m. -4:30 p.m. — Interventive Strategies

  • Day 2: The focus will be on specific relationships and populations, including special issues in parental and sibling loss as well as the effective counseling techniques to use with children and adolescents. The day will also consider complications of grief – especially those created by sudden traumatic loss and suicide. The program concludes with a discussion of self-care for those working with the bereaved. 

    9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. — Special Populations and Issues

    10:15 a.m. -10:30 a.m. — Break

    10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. — Special Populations and Self-care for professionals and caregivers


Continuing Education

Continuing education credit (8 hours) is available from a variety of boards through the TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing® for $75 per certificate. Attendance is required both days to obtain CE credit. Payment is separate from the registration fee and is made after completing the CE exam. Instructions for obtaining your certificate will be provided at the workshop. A list of board approvals will be available soon.


Registration Details

Workshop registration fee is $75 and includes lunch on Day 1. 


About the 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, veteran and civilian families. The Institute serves as a resource and training center, providing a hub for high-quality collaboration among professionals working in the field of grief and loss.

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

The Institute provides workshops, seminars, panel discussions, and more to educate caregivers, mental health professionals, clergy, funeral directors, casualty officers, the bereaved themselves, and so many others on the best ways to travel the grief journey.

TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing® is located at TAPS Headquarters, 3033 Wilson Blvd., Third Floor, Arlington, VA 22201

Email us at or give us a call at 800-959-8277 (TAPS) with any questions.