"You can teach your child … that despite deep loss, life can and does go on and hope can be restored."

Beyond Five Stages:

What Every Clinician Needs to Know About the Art of Grief Counseling (but is afraid to ask)

What participants have to say after attending Beyond Five Stages: When Every Clinician Needs To Know About The Art of Grief Counseling (but is afraid to ask):

Eloquent use of language and music; engaging presentation; encouraged questions and answers throughout the presentation.

This was an excellent presentation! It was specific to the heart of the issues. Presenter is interesting,   knowledgeable and kept my attention completely.

Every part of this workshop was informative and well presented. Zucker is delightful. The interaction with the audience was terrific.

 It was humanistic, informative, organized, but it left room for thoughts and processing. Loved the trumpet!

Very engaging, intellectually and spiritually. I appreciate his humor, warmth and use of music and poetry as he taught about this heavy content. He was right on target; poignant. Really appreciate his example from his own professional/personal life. Also, appreciate his attention to cultural differences. P.S. I loved the Klezmer trumpet music-it really connected me to a sweet place in time with my ancestors from Eastern Europe.

 I loved his presentation style, so warm and kind, relaxed and great speaker. In particular, I liked the examples that he used from his own work with clients - absolutely excellent! Thank you, Stephanie, for introducing him to this conference-a must to invite back again!

The presenter was very engaging, likable, creative, and varied in presentation (use of music, poetry, writing, video), good sense of humor. Case material and use of self disclosure was very helpful.

 Liked the presenter's enthusiasm, knowledge and stories. Lots of good information especially treatment strategies.

Zucker's workshop was informative and he is a dynamic presenter. His stories help make the topic more real than it would if we did not utilize story telling. It became more visual for me. 10+

Rob has a great way of taking questions from the audience and applying them to his information.

The depth of the material and the way it was presented in such a concise manner, with great empathy. Really great workshop.

Practical application in the real world! Thanks!

It was very applicable to my practice in my current job. It helped to break down a very overwhelming, poignant topic into a very accessible view of how one can work with clients and feel competent in doing so.

A lot of relevant information and informative; great presentation; good resources; liked that he used personal case presentations; knew his material well; loved the music!

I liked the variety of styles of the presentation (music, poetry, research) on grieving. Rob gave an excellent review of therapeutic perspectives of grief and also shared himself in a most helpful way. I enjoyed everything about this presentation.

Poems, music, and slides all demanded a sensual response (emotional).

Rob Zucker is a very good, thorough presenter. I learned a tremendous amount, both theoretically and practically that I will apply with current clients.

Excellent presentation; wonderful use of clinical examples; made the day entertaining and informative; great use of self disclosure.

Appreciated the many examples and cultural sensitivity to the topic of loss.

The rich content; the personal sharing and vulnerability; the topic-so basic to living.

The fact that he did not stand behind the podium also helped to keep us alert and he addressed the room well and has a very good speaking style. Video was great! Writing exercises were wonderful! Great trumpet.


Beyond Five Stages:

What Every Clinician Needs to Know About the Art of Grief Counseling (but is afraid to ask)

  • Can people grieve without having any feelings?
  • When is denial OK?
  • Must everyone accept what has happened?
  • Who says I've got to let go?
  • Why is there no diagnosis for complicated grief?
  • Does grief counseling really work?
  • If we can't fix grief, what can we do?


Grief counseling has come a long way since Kubler-Ross' ground breaking work, On Death and Dying. While over the last decade, the art of grief counseling has become more and more sophisticated, it is difficult for many clinicians to keep up with the latest research in Thanatology, the new DSM diagnosis being proposed for complicated grief, and a whole range of exciting and innovative techniques available for helping the bereaved. By attending this workshop, clinicians will come away with a deeper appreciation of the state of grief counseling in 2009 and will be prepared to implement practical and effective strategies to assist their grieving clients. 

For Therapists, Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, Psychologists, Nurses, and Clergy.


When Young Lives Are Shattered:

Practical Strategies for Helping Children, Adolescents and Young Adults Face Grief and Trauma

You are delightful, respectful and the best lecturer in all of my 59 years of education in life. Your pace, material and presentation is flawless and always comprehensive and complete. Thank you so very much for your passion and life's work. As a trauma specialist, I am so appreciative!

This is one of the best workshops I have ever attended on working with children. I appreciated so much the examples  of language to use with children through the many case examples and modeling. Bibliography is fabulous. Thank you so much! I was also in the workshop on adult grieving. It was just as outstanding.

This spontaneous, knowledgeable expert described in detail the dynamics of grief and loss. An excellent presenter.

Rob Zucker is a true master at communicating. Additionally, his professionalism, warmth and empathy enhance his teaching and make it come alive to his audience.

Wow! Simply wonderful, informative, experiential, and practical.

So relevant to current youth and school traumas. Multiple media used.

Informative, knowledgeable and very inspiring.

The presenter is extremely knowledgeable; lots of very good   information; good references.

Great speaker, very empathetic-wish he were on the West Coast! Gave good, practical interventions to help children who are dealing with profound loss. Clinical examples of clients in therapy were excellent.

Lots of ideas on how to help create a personal grieving experience for each mourner.

Great information; case studies very helpful; good tools provided for this type of work.

The opening poem Bird Song; Informative and well-done;Liked the examples to use in therapy.

The presenter was wonderful. Great speaker, had stories that really helped to illustrate/reinforce what he was talking about. I teared-up several times.-very touching material.

Great bibliography. Excellent outline-very comprehensive. Loved the trumpet!

So well organized. Tons of information. Great visuals. Great presenter!

Great examples. Loved the trumpet.

Great suggestions about how to put concrete ideas into practical action.


When Young Lives Are Shattered:

Practical Strategies for Helping Children, Adolescents and Young Adults Face Grief and Trauma

Whether children face the death of loved ones due to illness or accident, homicide or suicide, clinicians must attend to both the dangers and opportunities that invariably arise from these tragedies. Participants will learn valuable clinical strategies to address the special psychological challenges faced by traumatized youngsters exposed to both violence and death.

Topics include:

  • Understanding the clinical implications of PTSD on the grieving process
  • Methods for assisting young people to develop a restorative narrative.
  • Strategies for working with young people affected by violent death
  • Ways to support parents and other adult caregivers of grieving young people.

For Therapists, Counselors, Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, Nurse, School Personnel, Child Life Specialists and Clergy.


The Journey Through Grief and Loss:

Helping Yourself and Your Child When Grief Is Shared

Many bereaved adults who are devastated by their own personal losses are not prepared to support the children in their lives who are also grieving. This one-day program will address this dual challenge. Participants will learn a family-based bereavement support model for helping grieving adults mentor their grieving children. Material in this program is based on Rob Zucker's new book, The Journey Through Grief and Loss (St. Martin's Press, 2009).

For Therapists, Counselors, Social Workers, Psychologists, Marriage and Family Therapists, School Personnel, and Clergy.


Intro to Grief Counseling With Children and Teens: Mastering the Basics

Clinicians who work with children and adolescents frequently encounter bereavement issues in their practices, yet few academic counseling programs offer focused instruction on working with this universal human problem. The goal of this workshop will be to give participants an overview of childhood and adolescent bereavement including critically important knowledge about the range of clinical issues to consider in working with bereaved young people, as well as hands-on strategies to help grieving children and teens.

Topics include:  four psychological tasks of childhood and adolescent grief; child advocacy and suggestions for working collaboratively with parents, guardians and teachers; issues to consider in determining treatment strategies; and the emotional issues that may affect the therapist doing grief counseling with young people. Throughout the day, the emphasis will be on practical insights and basic techniques that are applicable to many bereavement situations with young people.

For Therapists, Counselors, Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, Nurse, School Personnel, Child Life Specialists and Clergy.


Grief at Work: New Challenges and New Opportunities

This workshop will address how layoffs,illness,death,trauma and more subtle losses all affect the workplace, and how companies can benefit from becoming more proactive with regards to grief and loss in the workplace.

  • How are productivity and morale threatened when losses are avoided or denied?
  • How can businesses better understand and address the effects of layoffs, illness, death, trauma and other losses on the workplace?
  • How can managers help employees during times of change, loss, and crisis?
  • Can workers take care of themselves and maintain job security even while they are grieving?
  • What are effective policies and procedures related to employee grief?
  • How can my business make cost-effective policy changes in the workplace related to grief and loss?

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the grieving process and its impact on the life of a business.
  2. Learn strategies for developing crisis management teams, policies and procedures.
  3. Know what managers can say and do when employees grieve.
  4. Understand how to create a compassionate and business-smart environment that can still thrive in the face of adversity.

Who Will Benefit?

Human Resource personnel, EAP personnel, managers, business executives, social workers, psychologists, bereavement specialists.