5a. May 3, 2024 AM: The Context of Grief with Diverse Populations (IN PERSON)

Friday, May 3, 2024
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Pre-register by April 27, 2024

This course will be in-person at Il Monastero, 3050 Olive St, St. Louis, MO 63103

3 CEHs

$30.00 SLU Alumni and pre-registered SLU practicum instructors

$50.00 All others

Course Description
Presenters: Cara Wallace, PhD and Beth Barrett, MSW; Beth Barrett, MSW, LCSW, CDFT is an Associate Clinical Professor and Faculty Field Liaison for SLU’s School of Social Work. 

Title: The Context of Grief with Diverse Populations  
*Meets Diversity Requirements

• Explore how grief is connected to our experiences with and of oppression as related to our various social identities. 

• Identify one’s own experiences with grief related to oppression and how this shows up in professional settings. 

• Develop strategies for supporting clients through a lens of social justice.  

Course description:  In every diverse community or organization, individuals each hold various social identities, some causing unearned privilege and others facing oppression. Regardless of our positionality, we all have experiences with oppression across various identities (e.g., as a witness, participant in the system, or as a target). Subsequently, experiences with and of oppression can cause grief and/or trauma related to each of those identities we hold. Grief and/or trauma can show up unexpectedly and can be misinterpreted as problematic behaviors, particularly when it is unattended to or cannot be resolved due to oppressive systems. This presentation will explore various types of loss and grief associated with different social identities and how those impact our professional interactions.  
Bio: Beth Barrett, MSW, LCSW, CDFT is an Associate Clinical Professor and Faculty Field Liaison for SLU’s School of Social Work. 

She teaches courses in social work clinical skills, end-of-life, grief, and integrative practice seminar. Beth specializes in end of life and grief issues, change and loss across the life cycle, field education, and professional development for social workers. Her clinical experience includes working with children, adolescents, and adults facing life threatening illness, as well as their families, from diagnosis through death and bereavement. Beth holds the NCCJ St. Louis’ Certified Diversity FaciliTrainer certification and serves on the School’s DEI Committee.

Cara Wallace, PhD, LCSW is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at Saint Louis University. 

Her research focuses on end-of-life care and (1) barriers to care; (2) quality of care; and (3) educating students, professionals, and the public about death, illness, loss and grief. She also coordinates SLU's Interprofessional Gerontology Certificate program. Dr. Wallace's work is informed by years of practice experience in hospice and hospital systems and is funded by NIH/NINR and Cambia Health Foundation Sojourns Scholar Leadership Program. She is also the 2020 recipient of SWHPN’s Award for Excellence in Psychosocial Research.

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