Grief Symposium, October 1

Date: October 1, 2016

Time: 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

Location: Bellevue University Criss Auditorium inside the Hitchcock Humanities Center

Free Public Event

Continuing Education Credits also available: 4 CEs – $10 (cash or check), includes snacks

Registration: 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Program: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

A Journey Through Loss

The Grief Symposium is to educate professionals and the public about what grief really is, so they may better help themselves and help others who are grieving. Learning objectives include:

1. Understanding the language of grief and how it is expressed
2. Developing insight into grief issues related to dementia for both patient and caregiver
3. Caring for yourself while you grieve or while you care for others who are grieving
4. Navigating the transforming power of grief and healing after a loss

Key Presenters

Joy Johnson, BA Creighton University, Omaha NE, co-founded two non-profits: Centering Corporation, a bereavement resource center and Ted E. Bear Hollow, a center for grieving children.

She has written or edited over 100 books on grief, many for children, and including a book for parents and caregivers – Keys to Teaching Children about Death and Grief and an award-winning children’s book, What Does That Mean – a dictionary of death and grief words for children.

During the past eight years, Joy has written a series of comedy mystery novels for seasoned women. The BOOB Girls: the Burned Out Old Broads at Table 12 are laugh-out-loud novels featuring four retired widows in a retirement community in Omaha. She gives more than sixty humorous BOOB Girl presentations annually and the first book is being adapted as a musical to premiere in Omaha.

Joy lives in Omaha in a retirement community with her husband, Ted Brown. She has three children and six grandchildren, as well as a tabby cat named Margaret Thatcher. Like her characters, she is lively, courageous and interesting.

Jea Theis, LIMHP, LCSW is a licensed independent mental health professional and clinical social worker. She has worked with individuals and families recovering from loss, abuse, and trauma, and has specific training in trauma-focused and cognitive-behavioral therapies, EMDR, and compassion fatigue. Jea spent three years as a grief and loss counselor with Hillcrest, and now works in private practice providing therapy to individuals and families working through trauma, grief and loss throughout the lifespan.

Dr. Anna Fisher is a certified dementia practitioner and serves as the Hillcrest Health Services health, quality, and nursing services education expert for diverse business lines that include assisted living, memory support, adult day services, in-patient rehabilitation, outpatient therapy, home health care, private duty, telehealth, palliative, hospice, and skilled nursing care.

Dr. Fisher is an adjunct professor in the College of Arts and Sciences at Bellevue University and is also co-producer of the award-winning NET Television program series, Now What?, about elder care and dementia. She is currently President of the Consortium of Dementia Alternatives and Vice President of the Omaha Montessori High School. Dr. Fisher is an active participant of the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living serving as member of the Clinical Practice Committee and Emergency Preparedness Committee, Co-Chair of the Adverse Events and Rehospitalization Committee, and Quality Award Senior Examiner and Team Leader. Dr. Fisher holds an undergraduate degree in human resources, graduate degree in business management, and a doctorate in health administration.

Continuing Education Contact Hours awarded by Iowa Western Community College, Iowa Board of Nursing Provider #6.

Forms for Continuing Education Credits will be available the day of the event. Please bring license information.

RSVP by September 26. For more information or to RSVP by telephone, call Val at (402) 934-2518.


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