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Shattered Assumptions: Treat Grieving Clients Whose World Has Been Turned Upside Down

Joy R. Samuels, DMin, LPC-MHSP, NCC
1 Hour 01 Minutes
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Apr 29, 2021
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When our sense of normalcy is disrupted, and the assumptions that ground and stabilize us are turned upside down, we feel like we’ve been thrust into a new world where nothing makes sense.  

During the pandemic we’ve all experienced multiple losses. Not just death, but the subsequent domino effect of losses and our collective loss of safety, security, identity, social connection, independence and all in our world we once considered normal.  

But often these abstract and secondary losses fail to be recognized and properly mourned, complicating your clients’ grief and prolonging their suffering.  

Dr. Joy Samuels has over 30 years of experience as a licensed counsellor and has taught professionals across the country how they can improve their work with grieving clients.   

Join her as she gives you the tools and strategies you need to help your clients acknowledge abstract and secondary losses and have them better equipped to face them so they can move forward when their expectations and assumptions about the world are shattered.


- PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This online program is worth 1.25 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.



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Joy R. Samuels, DMin, LPC-MHSP, NCC, has over 25 years’ experience as a licensed professional counselor, Fellow in Thanatology, chaplain, and ordained minister. She teaches in the graduate clinical mental health psychology department at Lipscomb University and at Candler School of Theology at Emory University in the United Methodist Church Course of Studies.  She maintains a private counseling practice and supervises those seeking licensure as a LPC-MHSP.

Dr. Samuels holds DMin and MDiv degrees from Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC. Additionally, she holds an M.S. degree in counseling psychology from California State University, Northridge, CA, and a counseling certificate in substance abuse from the Northern Virginia Community College, Annadale, VA. Among her areas of expertise are individual, couples and family counseling, trauma and bereavement, and post-masters supervision.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Joy Samuels maintains a private practice and has an employment relationship with Lipscomb University. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Joy Samuels is a fellow in Thanatology.


  1. Analyze the role that core belief disruptions play in the development of persistent complex bereavement. 
  2. Investigate the impact of negative assumptive worldviews on outcomes of those with persistent complex bereavement. 
  3. Investigate the clinical implications of meaning making as a mediating process in the relationship between risk factors for prolonged grief disorder (PGD) and subsequent emergence of PGD symptomatology. 


  • ‘Mind the gap’ - differences between expectations and experiences  
  • Exploring how expectations are created and maintained 
  • How to identify expectations and value language in clients 
  • Interventions to explore family of origin events 
  • Assessments to explore values and strengths 
  • Creating opportunities to discover new values 

Target Audience

  • Counselors 
  • Social Workers 
  • Marriage and Family Therapists 
  • Psychologists 
  • Psychiatrists 
  • Case Managers 
  • Addiction Counselors 
  • Nursing Home Administrators 
  • Pastoral Counselors 
  • Chaplains/Clergy 
  • Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners 
  • Mental Health Nurses 
  • Thanatologists 

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