Our Training and Education Program offers workshops, conferences and other educational forums on a variety of topics related to loss, bereavement and trauma.
A Wendt Center counselor presented a day-long workshop on working with children on loss/grief issues in school-based groups. The workshop was very informative, lively and full of very useful information. My entire staff came away very impressed with the ideas which were presented…The staff at the Wendt Center offer an invaluable service to the community. Whether in the areas of education, training or in direct services, they are in the forefront of providing much needed services to persons who are experiencing significant losses.”
— Wendt Center Trainee
Wendt Center experts provide on-site training on numerous subjects relating to adult and child grief and trauma. From skill building techniques in play therapy to in-depth presentations on traumatic bereavement, our trainers share knowledge gained from current direct practice and extensive training and research opportunities. As active members of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, we strive to provide stimulating, interactive presentations that fuse clinical experience with state of the art theory and research.
The Wendt Center offers education presentations to academic and religious institutions, senior centers, civic groups, employee assistance programs, and other organizations. Frequently requested topics include: Trauma and Grief, Coping with Grief During the Holidays, Children and Loss, and Helping the Grieving Employee. These are interactive presentations encouraging participation on the part of the attendees. The presentations are effective for groups whose members may have recently experienced loss, or for groups simply interested in knowing how to support someone when a death or traumatic event has occurred.
Professional Consultation and Support
The Wendt Center facilitates support groups for agencies whose staff consistently work with loss, death and trauma issues or staff who have recently sustained a loss. These groups can be held at the agency’s facility on a set schedule or as needed. Examples include: helping staff following the sudden death of an employee, helping teachers when a student or colleague dies, providing support to clinicians working with clients with domestic violence or life threatening illnesses.
The Wendt Center is committed to the training of graduate student interns pursuing mental health degrees. Click here for more information on our interns. For further information about our training venues and fee information please call Intake Coordinator at (202) 204-5021 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Wendt Center for Loss and Healing provides training to professionals and educational presentations for the community at large. Below is a list of frequently requested trainings and their venues. Please call regarding our fee schedule.
- Therapeutic Aspects of Play
- Supportive Work with Children and Adolescents Exposed to Homicide
Training For Professionals
- A Grieving Urban Community
- Supporting Grieving and Traumatized Youth
- Developmental Aspects of Grief
- Play Therapy Techniques with Grieving Children
- The Tools of the Culturally Competent Therapist: Juggling, Balancing, Walking the Tightrope of Zen
- Introduction to Play Therapy
- The Games of Life: Non-Directive and Directive Play Therapy/Techniques with Children and Adolescents
- An Overview of Normative Grief
- Grief, Trauma and Loss
- Three Dimensional Grief
- Suicide: Grieving Traumatic Loss
- Family: Life After Homicide
- Grief Across the Lifespan
Topics for the General Population
- Homicide: Life on the Streets
- Traumatic Grief: Addressing Homicide Survivors
- Children and Loss
- An Overview of Grief
- Coping with Traumatic Loss
- Grieving Traumatic Loss
- Helping Parents Support Grieving and Traumatized Children
Specialized Training, Education and Support Services
- Crisis Support: A co-worker dies, a student is killed, an agency loses staff in a building fire… Wendt Center Staff provide acute, crisis response interventions to agencies, organizations and institutions throughout the Washington DC region. Timely professional interventions are invaluable following a crisis and our Wendt Center staff provide expert counsel and forums to help survivors cope with sudden trauma.
- Clinical Consultation Services: Wendt Center therapists provide clinical supervision and consultation to health and mental health professionals, educators and others who seek specialized support in addressing grief and trauma issues.
- Professional Caregiver Support Groups: Wendt Center clinicians work with hospital, first responder, mental health, pastoral care and other clinical departments in numerous agencies, to provide counseling support to agency staff working with populations dealing with multiple deaths or trauma. From NICU and HIV departments to hotline staff and volunteers, the Wendt Center can provide on site supportive counseling and debriefing activities.
- Grief in the Workplace: The Wendt Center provides guidance, counsel and education to management teams addressing grief and trauma events in the work setting.