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Training Series-Ambiguous Loss: Attending to the Providers’ Experience

  • April 21, 2023
  • 8:30 AM
  • December 31, 2023
  • 10:00 AM
  • Virtual Webinar



This pre-recorded virtual webinar has been approved for 1.5 CEUS that meet the ethical requirement for the Board of Marriage and Family Therapy.  Please email upon completion to receive your evaluation and CEU certificate.  

Please note- there are a few opportunities for group discussion and was recorded with breakout rooms live, when this was a live stream recording.  For those watching as a recorded webinar, you are encouraged to write down the questions and reflect on what your answers might be and how the content might relate to your practice.

Ambiguous Loss: Attending to the Provider's Experience with 

Kierst Finsand, PsyD, LP and  Heidi Bausch-Ryan, PsyD, LP

Live-Stream Friday April 21st, 2023 8:30-10:00am CST

1.5 CEUs

*This webinar has 1.5 CEUS approved by the Board of Marriage and Family Therapy.

Presenters' Bios: Kierst Finsand, Psy.D. LP, is a psychologist and Associate Director of Clinical services at CARE Counseling. Kierst has studied the experiences of grief and ambiguous loss for those experiencing infertility, and works frequently with clients experiencing a wide range of grief narratives. Kierst has provided professional trainings on grief, resilience, and various therapy modalities including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Dr. Kierst Finsand has worked in university counseling supporting students in their transitions to a new environment and has worked in providing higher level of care intensive programming in an eating disorder recovery setting. Kierst’s clinical interests include grief and loss, eating disorders, somatic exploration and trauma, and resilience.

For the past six years, Dr. Bausch-Ryan has done clinical work and research in the areas of grief, loss and bereavement. Heidi has studied the experiences of grief and losses associated with substance use and recovery, for the individual, family members, and significant others. She has received additional training in the areas of grief and substance use disorders, as well as delivered professional training presentations on grief, depression, anxiety, trauma, co-occurring concerns, and resiliency. Prior to graduating with a doctoral degree, Dr. Bausch-Ryan worked in residential substance use treatment and on an in-patient dual diagnosis unit, serving adolescents to young adults with mental health and substance use concerns. Her clinical interests include grief, substance use and recovery, life transitions, identity explorations, and building resilience.

Workshop Description: Amid the past few years, ambiguous could be seen as one of the more collective life experiences encountered, professionally and personally. The provider’s experience of loss inevitably enters the room (or Zoom) when working with an individual’s grief journey. During this webinar, Dr. Kierst Finsand will define the various forms of ambiguous losses and disenfranchised grief one is likely to encounter in their work. Dr. Heidi Bausch-Ryan will then share about a reflective process helpful in identifying and effectively navigating the provider’s experience during grief-oriented work. Lastly, the speakers will discuss ways providers can approach ambiguous loss and build resilience throughout grief related work to maintain a sustainable practice.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Describe ambiguous loss and disenfranchised grief
  • Recognize how the provider’s personal experience(s) of loss intersects with grief-oriented work
  • Practice and post-presentation apply reflective process and interventions for ambiguous loss
  • Identify ways to build provider resilience throughout grief related work.

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