Grief After Death by Overdose: Working with Survivors

Sponsor: New Hampshire Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors Association

PRESENTATION: The opioid epidemic has left many to grieve the loss of a loved one.  While there are groups and supports for people experiencing the loss of a loved one, death by drug overdose often creates complicated and unique grieving for survivors. This session will offer a review of challenges and themes in grieving found in the literature and identified by surviving family members. This session will review common tasks in healing.  Further, features of and skills in developing and facilitating a support group will be discussed.

As a result of this training, participant will:

  • Review of impact of Opioids, synthetic drugs and stimulants on death by overdose.
  • Examine the challenges in understanding survivors when death has been by overdose.
  • Identify themes in bereavement after death by overdose.
  • Explore the recovery tasks for survivors.
  • Recognize the critical skills needed for bereavement work.
  • Review critical components of a support group.
  • Acknowledge the need for self-care when working with this population.

ABOUT THE PRESENTERDr. Tana Bridge is a professor of Social Work at Eastern Michigan University. She is recognized for her passion, expertise, and skills in engagement. She has a 25-year track record of excellence in teaching, service, and professional consulting. Dr. Bridge’s expertise in trauma, ethical practice and collaboration are common threads in all areas of engagement. She currently serves on many local and state-wide committees. Dr. Bridge has several awards and certifications. She is licensed in both clinical and macro practice. She holds several advanced certifications including Advanced Certified Trauma Practitioner, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, and Certified Compassion Fatigue Professional.

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Event Details

October 19, 2022
8:30 am - 3:00 pm
130 Pembroke Road, Suite 150
Concord, NH 03301
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