Shattered Assumptions: Treat Grieving Clients Whose World Has Been Turned Upside Down
When our sense of normalcy is disrupted, and the assumptions that ground and stabilize us are turned upside down, we feel like we’ve been thrust into a new world where nothing makes sense.
During the pandemic we’ve all experienced multiple losses. Not just death, but the subsequent domino effect of losses and our collective loss of safety, security, identity, social connection, independence and all in our world we once considered normal.
But often these abstract and secondary losses fail to be recognized and properly mourned, complicating your clients’ grief and prolonging their suffering.
Dr. Joy Samuels has over 30 years of experience as a licensed counselor and has taught professionals across the country how they can improve their work with grieving clients.
Join her as she gives you the tools and strategies you need to help your clients acknowledge abstract and secondary losses and have them better equipped to face them so they can move forward when their expectations and assumptions about the world are shattered.
Joy R. Samuels, DMin, LPC-MHSP, NCC, has over 25 years’ experience as a licensed professional counselor, Fellow in Thanatology, chaplain, and ordained minister. She teaches in the graduate clinical mental health psychology department at Lipscomb University and at Candler School of Theology at Emory University in the United Methodist Church Course of Studies. She maintains a private counseling practice and supervises those seeking licensure as a LPC-MHSP.
Dr. Samuels holds DMin and MDiv degrees from Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC. Additionally, she holds an M.S. degree in counseling psychology from California State University, Northridge, CA, and a counseling certificate in substance abuse from the Northern Virginia Community College, Annadale, VA. Among her areas of expertise are individual, couples and family counseling, trauma and bereavement, and post-masters supervision.