I attended a PESI seminar called, Transforming Grief & Loss: Strategies to Help Your Clients through Major Life Transitions.
The speaker Ligia M. Houben, MA, FT, FAAGC, CPC, CHT was compelling. As written in the Pesi materials about Ligia M. Houben: "Her work has been centered in the area of grief and loss, expanding into meaning and growth." She is the founder of My Meaningful Life, LLC and executive director of The Center for Transforming Lives in Miami, FL.
My take away:
1. We experience loss or grief when someone or something has been taken away from us. We experience losses throughout the lifespan from infancy though older adulthood and it is helpful to look at our history of loss to understand a current source of grief.
2. Loss and grief can be felt physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually. And a primary source of loss can have many secondary sources of loss. For example a teenager may lose a boyfriend and the secondary losses may include the loss of self-esteem, loss of trust, loss of social connections and so on.
3. I learned Ligia M. Houben's 11 Principles of Transformation which is process of helping clients feel empowered and hopeful after a loss. The Principals: Accept your Loss, Live your Grief, Expressing your Feelings, Sharing with Others, Ask your clients to Take Care of Themselves, Using Rituals, Live the Present, Modify your Thoughts, Rebuild your World, Visualize the Life you Want. Each of the Principals give the therapeutic work of loss/grief a focused approach.
If you have experienced a loss and would like to learn more about the 11 Principles of Transformation or would like to set up an appointment to begin your own transformation, please contact me at 914-329-2688.
I attended a PESI seminar called, Autism & the Family: Proven Strategies to Treat Parents and Siblings of Children with ASD.
The speaker Kathleen Nash, MFT, LMFT was engaging and thought provoking. She shared many practical interventions. She is an "autism expert with over 10 years of clinical experience providing intensive in-home family therapy to parents and siblings of children with ASD."
My take away:
1. Children with ASD often have sensory issues (auditory, visual, tactile, olfactory, propriception, vestibular) which can lead to behavioral issues and those behavioral issues can lead relationship issues within the family. So one important intervention is family and sibling therapy.
2. All family members are affected when there is a child with ASD in the family. There is a grief that occurs. Counseling can be a means to processing that experience.
3. There are many strategies to help improve family dynamics when there is a child with ASD in the family.
4. These issues are the same whether the child has ASD or another disorder such as ADHD.
Whether your family is struggling because your child has just been diagnosis or was diagnosed previously with ASD or ADHD or another disorder, I am here to help you and your family.