Goshen College and Ryan’s Place Host the 13th Annual Grief Seminar Titled “Creating Community by Embracing Diversity”

Event:                      Thirteenth Annual Grief Seminar: “Creating Community by Embracing Diversity”
Date and time:    Friday, September 23, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location:               Goshen College Church-Chapel Fellowship Rooms
Cost:                      $65 for professionals, $30 for students or retirees before early registration deadline; $80 for professionals, $40 for students and retirees after early registration. Early registration deadline is September 16.
Sponsored by:    Goshen College Social Work Program in partnership with Ryan’s Place
Underwritten by: Center for Hospice Care

For more information or to register: call Kristin Hall at (574) 535-1000 or register online here.

Gilberto Pérez
Gilberto Pérez Jr., senior director for intercultural development and educational partnerships

The thirteenth annual Goshen College and Ryan’s Place grief seminar, titled “Creating Community by Embracing Diversity,” will be held on Friday, September 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Goshen College Church-Chapel Fellowship Rooms. The registration deadline is Friday, September 16.  The opening session will feature Gilberto rez Jr., MSW, ACSW, senior director for intercultural development and educational partnerships at Goshen College. His keynote address will describe the creation of a welcoming environment for Latino immigrants in the midst of cultural and life adjustments, loss and integration. Effective supports for Latino immigrants who simultaneously experience loss and desire connections and relationships with their new friends and community will be explored through story-telling.  Gilberto serves as one of two directors at the Center for Intercultural and International Education at Goshen College. Prior to joining the faculty at Goshen College, Gilberto served as a mental health administrator at Northeastern Center. He is the author of a nationally recognized mental health promotion program for Latino immigrants.

The seminar, especially recommended for social workers, educators, counselors, therapists, nurses, clergy and other human service professionals, is co-sponsored by Goshen College and Ryan’s Place, and will offer several breakout sessions in the morning and afternoon featuring qualified local therapists and practitioners. Other sessions include:
  • Loss Through Immigration and Relocation (Aileac Deegan, MSW, LSW – facilitator, with panel: Gabriela Tovar, BSW; Daragh Deegan, MS; Thavisith Mounsithirah, MS; and Simelwe Dlove)
  • The Grief Cycle with Children and Teens Experiencing the Divorce Process (Jami Presswood, LCSW)
  • Therapy in Color: Using Coloring as a Therapeutic Tool (Jennifer Miller, MSW, LCSW)
  • Coping with the Loss of a Beloved Pet (Kristin Buller, MA, LCSW, VSW-CP)
  • Maggie’s Story (David Labrum, MFA, MS, LMHC)
  • Grief Associated with Incarceration (Neil Warkentin, BSW and Kelly Sauder Neff, BA)
Space is limited, register early to guarantee your opportunity!
Seminar Schedule:
8 a.m. – Registration
8:30 a.m. – Welcome
8:45 a.m.– Opening session, Keynote Speaker
10:00 a.m. – Break
10:15 a.m. – Panel Discussion
11:30 a.m. – Lunch
12:30-1:30 p.m. – Workshop Sessions
1:45-2:45 p.m. – Workshop Sessions
2:45 p.m. – Break
3:00-3:45 p.m. – Concluding Session and Door Prize Drawing
The cost for registration before the early registration deadline on Sept. 16 is $65 for the general public and anyone who wishes to receive CEUs ($80 after the deadline) and $30 for students and retirees ($40 after deadline). The registration fee includes lunch, snacks, a resource notebook and a continuing education certificate (six CEUs are available). To register online, please visit the Ryan’s Place website here.