Addressing & Understanding Grief Literacy

October 28th, 2022


October: Grief Literacy | December: Ethics & Leadership

Pricing Information





Session One:

Understanding Grief Literacy: Developing a National Model for Creating Compassionate Communities

Led by:

Shelly Cory, MA
Executive Director, Canadian Virtual Hospice

Susan Cadell, PhD, MSW
University of Waterloo

Mary Ellen McDonald

Maxxine Rattner, MSW, RSW
Kensington Hospice, Canadian Virtual Hospice


Come hear from leaders across Canada that have been at the forefront of the Grief Literacy movement, working to ensure that more people benefit from the understanding and normalization of grief. The grief literacy movement aims to increase everyone’s ability to recognize grief and become more proficient in supporting each other, with "the ability to understand loss and act upon that understanding" in order to build more compassionate communities.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Attendees will be able to describe the history of the grief literacy movement
  2. Attendees will be able to name three major tenets of grief literacy
  3. Attendees will be able to describe three interventions for educating others about grief in their own communities

Session 2:

Navigating labels, diagnoses and care: What is Prolonged Grief Disorder?

Led by:

Katherine P. Supiano, PhD, LCSW, F-GSA, FT, APHSW-C
Associate Professor, University of Utah School of Nursing
Director, Caring Connections: A Hope and Comfort in Grief Program


The current version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual has formalized the diagnostic category “Prolonged Grief Disorder.” In this session, we will discuss the history, rationale and controversies around this diagnosis through a uniquely social work lens with attention to issues of labeling, pathologizing and assuring evidence-based care.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Attendees will be able to articulate the history, rationale and controversies surrounding this diagnosis.
  2. Attendees will be able to assess the magnitude, severity and potential risks of grief presentation in clients/families.
  3. Attendees will be able to formulate their own clinical rationale for addressing complex grief in clinical practice.
  4. Attendees will appraise 4 evidence-based approaches to complex grief.

Session 3:

Suffocated Grief and the Impact of Race on Grief and Bereavement in Hospice and Palliative Care

Led by:

Tashel C. Bordere, PhD, CT
Certified Thanatologist  (Death, Dying, & Bereavement)
Center for Family Policy and Research
University of Missouri


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Social Worker attendees of the Virtual Summit will receive 3.0 continuing education (CE) credits provided by California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) Extended Learning, accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). In order to receive credits, you will need to attend the Virtual Summit in its entirety and complete an evaluation for each individual session. Additionally, you must complete an overall conference evaluation by December 31, 2022. At this time, we are unable to give partial credit for this event.

For social workers licensed in New York, SWHPN is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0503.

If you need accommodations, please reach out to [email protected].