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Digital Seminar

Where Addiction Recovery Meets Grief Work: A Critical Intersection for Therapy

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David Kessler, MA, RN, FACHE
1 Hour 33 Minutes
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Oct 08, 2022
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All grief does not have trauma, but all trauma has grief.  Addiction work often needs to include both. In this session, David will cover the intersections of grief, trauma and addiction as a professional who has worked in the field of grief for decades as well as a bereaved father.


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David Kessler is one of the world’s foremost experts on healing and loss. His experience with thousands of people on the edge of life and death has taught him the secrets to living a happy and fulfilled life.

He is the author of six bestselling books. His new book is Finding Meaning: The Sixth Stage of Grief. His first book, The Needs of the Dying, a #1 best-selling hospice book, received praise by (Saint) Mother Teresa. He co-authored two bestsellers with the legendary Elisabeth Kübler-Ross: On Grief and Grieving and Life Lessons. His most newly released book is You Can Heal Your Heart: Finding Peace After Breakup, Divorce or Death with Louise Hay. He worked with Elizabeth Taylor, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Marianne Williamson when their loved ones faced life-challenging illnesses. He also worked with late actors Anthony Perkins and Michael Landon. David’s work has been discussed in the Los Angeles Times, Business Week and Life Magazine, and has been featured on “Brené Brown, CNN-Cross Fire”, NBC, Fox, PBS, “Dr. Oz” and “Entertainment Tonight”. David is a contributing writer on, Dr. Oz’s, “Anderson Cooper 360” and “The Huffington Post”.

David has a master’s degree in Health Care Bioethics from Loyola Marymount University, he did his undergraduate work at University of Southern California and is a member of the American College of Health Care Executives. He is a certified AMA/EPEC (Education for Physicians) trainer. He also is the founding chairperson for the Hospital Association of Southern California Palliative Care Committee and spent the last decade as a C-suite executive in a 650 bed – three hospital system in Los Angeles County.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: David Kessler is the is the co-founder and President Emeritus of Project Angel Food. He is a published author and receives royalties. David Kessler receives a speaking honorarium and recording and book royalties from Psychotherapy Networker and PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: David Kessler is a board member for the Farrah Fawcett Foundation. He is a team member of the Health Care Executives of Southern California, the Los Angeles Police Department, and the Red Cross.

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  1. Demonstrate 5 techniques, tools and principles in the field of addiction to help cope with all types of loss.
  2. Propose 3 ways to use meaning to help create purpose.
  3. Propose 2 ways to resolve the internal struggle of related to asking “why?”.
  4. Utilize 2 ways that include new information on brain science to address guilt, shame and stigma associated with grief.


  • Meaning-making as a new tool for dealing with addiction
  • Techniques for strength-based grief counseling
  • Post traumatic growth vs Post traumatic stress
  • Seeing loss through the eyes of addiction
  • Witnessing vs “Fixing” Grief
  • The consequences of trying to find meaning too early
  • Loss by Addiction: Meaning-making for healing self-blame
  • Understand the roles they did and didn’t play in an addiction death
  • Help Clients Change Their Thinking Around Loss
  • Strategies to address addiction as an illness
  • Use positive psychology to increase the possibility of post-traumatic growth
  • How to decrease catastrophizing after loss
  • Learn ways to instill good memories instead of painful ones

Target Audience

  • Addiction Counselors
  • Counselors
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Physicians
  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Other Mental Health Professions


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