Understanding the Impact of Traumatic Events and How to Help

Time: 12 – 1:30pm CST

Understanding the Impact of Traumatic Events and How to Help Those Affected
Presentation Level: Intermediate
Presenter: Andy McNiel, MA

Members - $35
Non-Members - $50

Mass shootings, major weather events, earthquakes, and wild fires are common headlines today. Along with the death and devastation that these occurrences bring to communities, many are left to pick up the pieces in their wake. It is important for those of us in the human service field to understand the impact of traumatic events and how to help those affected by these life-altering events. This webinar will look the various levels of effect of traumatic events on both adults and children. Some of the challenges communities face as they rebuild and how human service professionals can support those grieving significant losses due to the traumatic event will be explored. Certain universal realities of grief and how these inform the practice for providing mental and emotional support to grieving individuals of all ages will be considered. Images of traumatic events play over and over on all forms of media outlets, many viewed by children. Special considerations for caring for children and teenagers will be included, as well as ideas professionals can share with parents to provide support to their children.

  1. Attendees will increase their understanding of the mental and emotional impact of traumatic events on children, teenagers, and adults.
  2. Attendees will gain a greater understanding of the impact of traumatic events on different parts of the community that contributes to the mental and emotional turmoil on the lives of individuals.
  3. Attendees will learn strategies and techniques for providing counseling and support to individuals grieving a variety of losses because of traumatic events.

Presenter Bio:
Andy McNiel, MA, is a co-founder and an executive partner with The Satori Group, LLC, a national education, management, and consulting company, providing education and consultation to the death, end-of-life, and bereavement fields. Andy has served in leadership throughout his career in a variety of non-profit and bereavement support settings. He has provided executive leadership for The National Alliance for Grieving Children, The Amelia Center at Children’s of Alabama, and Treasure Coast Hospice in South Florida. He is the co-author, along with Pamela Gabbay, of Supporting and Understanding Bereaved Children: A Practical Guide for Professionals. Andy has facilitated numerous groups and provided individual support for bereaved parents, widows and widowers, children, and teenagers. Andy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Palm Beach Atlantic University and a Master of Arts in Counseling from The University of Alabama at Birmingham. Andy resides on the beautiful Treasure Coast of Florida where he enjoys spending time with his family and friends.

This webinar has been submitted for accreditation and will be approved shortly. We anticipate full 1.5 CE credits. CE credits are included with your registration

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McNiel, A., & Gabbay, P. (2018). Understanding and supporting bereaved children: A practical guide for professionals. New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company, LLC.
Meagher, D. K., & Balk, D. E. (2013). Handbook of thanatology: The essential body of knowledge for the study of death, dying, and bereavement. New York, NY: Routledge.

Cancellation: 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. Log in instructions will be sent the week of the webinar to the email used during registration.

12/13/2017 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

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