Friday, February 3, 2017

8:00 - 8:45 am: Check-in, Breakfast & Networking

8:45 am - 12:00 pm: Training

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The DoubleTree Hotel
1000 NE Multnomah Street
Portland, OR 97232

Parking is complimentary in the hotel garage. Parking is limited and not guaranteed.

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Aubrie Poppleton
Cedar Hills Hospital & Outpatient Services


Grief, Loss, and Addiction

           Presented by: Jessica Thomas, PhD, LMFT

Addiction can surface in the experience of grief as an attempt to numb the emotional pain and suffering from the death of someone close to us. It can also be used to distract or mediate feelings of depression associated with other losses. In addition, the experience of grief and loss can accompany the surrender of addiction as one learns new ways of being and relating to self and other.

This workshop presentation will discuss various types of losses and their association with addiction- complicated grief, stigmatized loss, traumatic loss and anticipatory loss. We will examine Western Society's orientation toward grief and loss, and discuss how it might provoke addiction and hinder the healing process. We will discuss ways we might use this knowledge to promote transformative growth.


About the Presenter: 

Jessica Thomas, PhD, LMFT holds a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy and a PhD in Psychology with an emphasis in Transpersonal Psychology. She is a therapist, clinical supervisor and organizational consultant that specializes in death, dying, grief and loss at her private practice Reflective Therapy & Consulting LLC. She has been a hospice volunteer for over six years and a volunteer for PDX Death Cafe- a movement working to open up the discussion of death in the greater community. Dr. Thomas currently serves on the board of the NW Association for Death Education and Bereavement Support. As an adjunct professor at Lewis and Clark College, she teaches on death, loss and psychospiritual crises. Dr. Thomas’s doctoral research titled "Mindful Photography and its Implications in End-of-life Caregiving: An Art-based Phenomenology" focused on creative expression and the experience of anticipatory loss. Jessica utilizes mindful photography as a spiritual practice and in therapy groups with those experiencing grief and loss.



Join us for a warm breakfast and an opportunity to network with other behavioral health professionals from 8:00 - 8:45 am.  

       Please be prepared to have found a seat and make sure you have class materials by 8:30am as the instruction will begin promptly at 8:45.  

3 CEU's

Online registration is required to attend.

Flat fee of $20.00 payable online or at the door.

Credit Card Payments can be made online when you register.

Only cash or checks will be accepted at the door.

Please make your check payable to Cedar Hills Hospital.

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