Understanding Grief Related to Pet Loss
Dr. June M. Williams, Associate Professor of Counseling, Southeastern Louisiana University
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT
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For many individuals, their first experience of death is often the death of a pet. Yet, those who grieve the loss of a pet are often disenfranchised grievers, suffering from a societal stigma against grieving the loss of an animal. Yet, the pain of their loss is very real for those who love them. Even many counselors have difficulty understanding how it is possible for a person to grieve the loss of a pet.
This webinar will provide an overview of research on the prevalence and benefits of pet ownership and the effects of pet loss, will conceptualize pet loss as a form of disenfranchised grief, and will provide practical ideas for facilitating clients’ grief as a result of pet loss.
At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to:
1. Recognize pet loss as a form of disenfranchised grief;
2. Articulate the benefits of pet ownership;
3. Identify the effects that pet loss can have on individuals and families;
4. Develop strategies and skills for counseling individuals/families who have experienced pet loss.
June M. Williams, Ph.D., LPC-S, is an Associate Professor of Counseling at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, LA. She has served as president of several state and national professional associations including Chi Sigma Iota, International Counseling Honor Society, the Louisiana Counseling Association, the American College Counseling Association, and the Louisiana College Counseling Association. She also served for eight years on the Louisiana Licensed Professional Counselors Board of Examiners. All of her counseling experience has been in college counseling including serving as an academic counselor, assistant director of University Counseling Services, and assistant dean of Student Life. She has presented on a variety of topics at the state and national level, and her research interests include gratitude, resilience and grief and loss. She created a course for her program on grief and loss counseling, and often presents to various groups on various aspects of the grief and loss experience.
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