ADEC webinars include a live presentation over the telephone or VoIP (audio over the computer), with accompanying handouts online. They provide the educational value of a conference session, without the hassle and expense of travel. A live webinar also provides the opportunity to interact with the presenter during the question and answer period. Each ADEC webinar is worth 1.5 CE credits (unless otherwise specified).

Bring your entire team to the table and learn during the live presentation, for one low price.* Those participating with you at your location can also earn credit for viewing the webinar by purchasing credits for $25.

Can't make the regularly scheduled time? Purchase a webinar recording instead; watch and listen at a time that's convenient for you. You'll still earn continuing education credits with the recorded version.

* One registration is intended for one site-use only and cannot be shared outside of your location unless you have purchased an institutional subscription.

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Upcoming Webinars

Wednesday, March 13, 2019
12:00-1:30pm CDT

Working with Continuing Bonds in Grief Therapy and Counselling

Over the past 20-25 years, something of a revolution has taken place in the world of bereavement research and practice, as maintaining bonds with the deceased has become not only an accepted aspect of bereavement but is increasingly seen as a potentially desirable accompaniment or outcome of grief. Grief therapy approaches now often refer explicitly to continuing bonds, and specific techniques have been advanced that can be employed to facilitate the development or reconstruction of bonds with the deceased.

This webinar aims to provide an introduction to therapeutic work with a continuing bonds focus. Following some brief background information on the continuing bonds model, participants will learn how continuing bonds can manifest in practice and how grief therapy and counselling can validate and help deepen such bonds or draw on them as a resource. Situations are highlighted where continuing bonds may be hampered and where they may become a more explicit focus of grief therapy and counselling, such as when the relationship with the deceased has been difficult or when the bond is associated with heightened ambivalence, or where there are difficulties making sense of continuing bonds or where there are discrepancies between the bereaved person and their context with regard to such bonds. 

Participants are introduced to different therapeutic techniques that can foster the development of helpful continuing bonds including establishing a narrative presence, correspondence with the deceased and other writing tasks, chair work, visualisation and imagery, EMDR, use of rituals and creative practices. Each technique is briefly explained, its rationale and potential impact is outlined and illustrated with examples from practice. Adaptations of the techniques for different modalities such as individual or group work and for different adult populations are discussed, drawing on the presenter’s research and experience in the field of continuing bonds and grief therapy.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • To gain knowledge of diverse ways in which continuing bonds may manifest spontaneously
  • To assess how continuing bonds can present as an issue in grief therapy and counselling that may call for specific interventions
  • To evaluate different therapeutic intervention techniques for working with continuing bonds, explain their rationale and potential impact, and gain theoretical knowledge of how to apply them 

Continuing Education

This webinar is approved by the American Psychological Association and the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) for 1.5 CE Hours.

Presented by: Dr. Edith Maria Steffen
Dr. Edith Maria Steffen is a registered Counselling Psychologist and Senior Lecturer in Counselling Psychology at the University of Roehampton, London, United Kingdom, where she is Deputy Director of the Centre for Social and Psychological Transformation (CREST).  She conducted her doctoral research on sense of presence phenomena and meaning-making in bereavement, commonly reported experiences in bereavement that can be conceptualised as expressions of the continuing bond with the deceased. Her research has continued to focus on sense of presence and continuing bonds as well as on meaning-oriented grief therapy for complicated grief, where she collaborates with Professor Robert Neimeyer and Evgenia Milman. Edith Maria has given workshops on meaning-oriented grief therapy, and she is practicum faculty of The Portland Institute for Loss and Transition. She has published her research in journals such as Death Studies, Omega, Mortality, Mental Health, Religion, & Culture and Journal of Constructivist Psychology. She has presented her work at the annual conference of the Association of Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) in 2017 and 2018, chairing a panel on continuing bonds last year. Alongside Dennis Klass, Edith was co-editor of Continuing Bonds in Bereavement: New Directions for Research and Practice, published in 2018.

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Webinar Cancellations will be accepted through end of business on the Monday immediately prior to each specific Webinar. Registrants who cancel within that time will receive a refund, minus a $10 service fee. Cancellations received after that day will not be refunded. To cancel your registration, call the ADEC office or email us. ADEC is not responsible for miscalculations relating to the webinar start time in your area and will not issue refunds for anyone who missed the event due to timing mix-ups.

Webinar Platform: The webinar will be presented via Zoom and will require your system to allow the Zoom platform to be downloaded and ran to watch the live presentation. Log in instructions will be sent the day before the webinar to the email used during registration.

Webinar Access Email: If registered by March 11, 2019 access information will be sent 24 hours prior to the start of the webinar. If registered March 12 or 13, access information will be sent the morning of the webinar by 11:15 am CT.

Who should attend?

ADEC webinars are for: grief counselors, therapists, hospice workers, clergy and social workers, psychologists, funeral directors, crisis intervention specialists, mental health professionals, suicidologists, death educators and anyone working closely with the dying or bereaved.

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Access your purchased recordings and evaluation quizzes in the My Online Learning portal.
Please note: Access to your purchased content - webinars, conference sessions and Handbook of Thanatology Self Study course is beginning to be restored after the re-accreditation process. The accreditation process is still very much underway; however, we have approval to release access to the following content: 2017 webinar recordings, 2016 webinar recordings, 2016 conference recordings and the Handbook of Thanatology Self Study course. Access will be different than how you previously accessed the content. Content will not be customized in the My Online Portal. This will not affect your ability to access content you've previously purchased. It will change how and where you access your content. 

Available Webinar Recordings

ADEC's video library has recently undergone a re-accreditation to ensure content is relevant, applicable to your every-day work and approved by ADEC's continuing education provider. Content is available for viewing; however, some content remains in the final re-accreditation stage. As content receives final accreditation, it will be posted online. The content listed here is available for those who have permissions to view it under the My Online Learning page. [View accessible content here.

Webinar Pricing

To register for live upcoming webinars, click on that webinar's title above.(If you are unable to register online with a credit card, download a form to return by mail or fax.)

    ADEC Member Price Nonmember Price
    Live Webinar Event $35 $50
    Live Webinar with Recording $55 $70
    Webinar Recording $35 $50
    Additional CE Credits $25 $25
    Full year Webinar Recording Library  $330 $480

    Your registration fee for a live webinar includes one audio connection*, one PDF of the slide presentation (when provided by presenter), and one evaluation for continuing education credits. The member and nonmember price each include 1.5 CE credits for one participant. Additional participants in the webinar can purchase CE credits for an extra $25 each. Those participants will need to provide the registration code given to the primary registrant in order to receive credits.  This number can be found in the primary registrant’s confirmation email.

    * An unlimited number of people can listen along at one location. But if others want to call in from a separate location, they must purchase a webinar registration for themselves. You may not share your webinar login information.

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    Cancellation Policy

    Cancellations will be accepted through end of business on the Monday immediately prior to each specific webinar. Registrants who cancel within that time will receive a refund, minus a $10 service fee. Cancellations received after that day will not be refunded.