Seminar focuses on ways to help people through grief, bereavement

Seminar focuses on ways to help people through grief, bereavement

Moving people toward restoration after bereavement and other significant losses is the focus of an upcoming weekend seminar hosted by BBC's graduate counseling program.

"The Psychology of Grief and Bereavement: Contemporary Understandings and Findings" features Dr. Joseph Currier, an accomplished researcher and counselor whose work includes assisting veterans returning from duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. Sessions are 6-10 p.m. on Friday, September 9, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 10.

The seminar costs $99 and includes pizza on Friday night and free snacks throughout the seminar. Students can also obtain one hour of graduate credit through the seminar. Regular tuition applies.

To register, contact the Registrar's Office at 570.585.9216 or

A Look Inside
Dr. Currier is Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology at Fuller Graduate School of Psychology in Pasadena, CA. He received his doctorate from the University of Memphis, devoting two years to clinical work at the Memphis VA Medical Center working with veterans. His research focuses on psychological and spiritual adjustment to bereavement and other potentially traumatic events. He is particularly interested in the role of meaning-making, the capacity of many persons to construct a sense of understanding and even grow personally following psychological trauma.

In over 20 peer-reviewed publications, Dr. Currier has evaluated the effectiveness of various counseling approaches for bereaved persons and advancing understandings of risk and protective factors associated with adjustment following a range of highly stressful life events, such as the loss of a loved one by violent death or prolonged illness.

In this seminar, Dr. Currier will address the multifaceted nature of coping with loss and provide general instruction for working with different types of persons struggling with grief issues. Topics include:

-The variety of ways people respond to bereavement
-Subgroups at risk
-Grief in the family
-Attachment issues impacting adjustment
-Spiritual considerations related to grief and bereavement
-The concept of prolonged grief disorder
-Evidence-based therapies for grief

Counseling @ BBC
Students interested in pursuing advanced degrees in Counseling have two options at BBC.

BBC's powerful 48-credit M.S. in Counseling Ministries program includes online options and is designed for those pursuing professional counseling careers and licensure. It is joined by a 30-credit totally online Master of Arts degree featuring a Counseling concentration, a unique option giving students greater skills and options in assisting others in their ministries and churches.

Both programs build students' abilities to better understand people through biblical Christian counseling, grow in their awareness of how the Bible applies to healthy living, and learn from professors and peers who will make a difference in their life and career.

For details, contact Graduate Admissions at

Baptist Bible College & Seminary offers an outstanding Christian education through on-campus, online, and other distance learning options. Students go beyond the ordinary, learning to learn and serve with excellence as they gain critical leadership and life skills.

To learn more, go to or call 570.586.2400.

Posted on: 8/23/2011 9:28:59 AM

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