Working with Grief and Loss - 2.25 CE

Meeting the Grieving

This course designed for mental health professionals, social workers and psychotherapists, will address how to work with grief, loss and mourning from an experiential and integrative lens.

“Excellent class and instructor. I did this course while still processing the loss of a patient (treated in a team inpatient setting) to suicide about a month ago, and was slowly realizing that it had perhaps unsettled me in ways I had not initially realized. The calm and compassionate presence of Veronica was reassuring and I could see her deep commitment to this work.”


Be Prepared to Meet the Grieving

As mental health clinicians, it is imperative to cultivate a deeper understanding of the different types of loss that exist, the clinical considerations present in loss, the physiological and holistic impact of grief and mourning and increase familiarity with different interventions.  Loss is a universal and inevitable experience of the living that has vast ripple effects across all humanity. We experience the deep pain of loss and grief from a variety of life experiences, not solely through death, and some losses can be quite traumatic. 

You Will Benefit from this Course

Through this class, you will deepen your understanding of and enhance your insight into the journey of those who grieve while cultivating a fuller appreciation of the power that loss and grief has in our bodies, our minds, our hearts and our lives.  Through didactic instruction and experiential exercises you will be invited to explore aspects of loss and grief in growth promoting ways, learning effective tools, practices and interventions to support the grieving when at their most vulnerable and to support their healing from loss. 

If you have ever found yourself in that awkward place of not knowing what to do or what to say to someone you so desperately wish to help and desire to support, then this course is for you. Often it’s not so much that we need to “do” something, but that we are willing to enter into a shared space of pain and offer our unwavering and compassionate presence and supportive energy to the grieving.

Albeit universal, each person has their own individual yet delicate path to walk through grief. When you finish with this course, you will feel better equipped to understand and help those you care for to traverse the intricacies of their unique path. 

Your clients will benefit from your taking the time to dive deeper into this area as we cover the following topics:

  • Become familiarized with key definitions and clinical considerations for grief work
  • Explore the different types of grief including traumatic loss and complicated grief
  • Confront the fears that can exist in meeting grief and learn about the rewards in grief work
  • Be invited to reflect on your own experiences with loss and grief
  • Learn experiential techniques to work with loss and grief
  • Learn how to move towards a deeper acceptance of loss and grief as a natural part of life

“Excellent class and instructor. I did this course while still processing the loss of a patient (treated in a team inpatient setting) to suicide about a month ago, and was slowly realizing that it had perhaps unsettled me in ways I had not initially realized. The calm and compassionate presence of Veronica was reassuring and I could see her deep commitment to this work.”

“I’m so glad I took this course. It was incredibly comprehensive for the amount of time required. I appreciated every piece of this course and in particular enjoyed the experiential interventions and the instructor was excellent and her experiences were powerful learning tools.”
“I was very impressed with this course. The description of this course doesn’t do justice to the quality of content I received. I will recommend this class to my peers. What I like most about this course is the quality of content and the integrative approach to grief work. The quality of the video is also a big plus. Everything was very well organized. Thank you!”
“I liked the comprehensive nature of this course. It was helpful to have language to give to clients on how grief impacts their brain and how that impacts the reactions they are having.”
“I appreciated the discussion about how grief impacts our brain, central nervous system and overall functioning. It was also very helpful to hear about the differences between grief and depression. The discussion about the various creative treatments has inspired me to approach my work a little differently too! Thank you!!

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This is a Self-Paced, Pre-Recorded, Audio/Visual Class

Meeting the Grieving


If you are a licensed practicing social worker or mental health counselor or licensed professional counselor practicing in any of the 50 United States or in Canada, you will earn 2.25 continuing education credits for completing this course. Our CE Courses are nationally accredited by ASWB for Social Workers and by the NBCC for Mental Health and Licensed Professional Counselors and in New York State by the NY State Education Department. This course is suitable for all levels of clinicians.

What’s covered in this course?

Loss & Attachment
In the opening module of this class we will explore the intricacies of how we create bonds and attachments with others and meaningful experiences and places in our lives, laying the groundwork for understanding the depths that loss can penetrate to.
Types of Loss & Grief
Death is not the only experience leading to grief. We can and do experience the pain of loss and need to grieve a variety of common and usual life experiences and it’s important to understand the nuanced ways that we encounter loss and grief.
Traumatic Loss & Complicated Grief
When a loss is experienced as traumatic it can lead to a prolonged and complicated experience of grief.
Accessing Our Own Grief Landscape

Timeline and inventory of all of the different losses you have experienced over the years. A grief landscape provides you a tangible way to deepen your awareness and appreciation of the loss you have had and it can highlight the areas that may need more focus and work to process through.

Language, Pictures & Transitional Objects
When it feels like our worlds have been shattered, we need to pay exquisite attention to the words, pictures and objects that we need in order to rebuild our worlds once again.
Guided Imagery
Guided Imagery is yet another powerful tool to help externalize hard to name feelings as it can help to move and process through challenging feelings and can be life promoting again, because anything creative is inherently life promoting.
Relationship Tree

This is an exercise that really helps with allowing the articulation and ownership of ambivalence towards one’s loss to enable whole person mourning.

What is Grief
Broaden your definition of grief as an instinctual, emotional and physiological response to loss that has impacts across one’s behavioral, cognitive, social, cultural and spiritual and philosophical aspects of being.
The Mourning Process
Mourning is the process through which we go through in order to learn how to adapt to a loss.
Therapist's Reaction to Grief Work
It is absolutely essential that we fully appreciate our own history of loss, how we have been shaped by these losses as well as the places that scare us about this doing grief work so that we can show up as wholeheartedly and authentically present as possible for those we will meet in their grief.
Beginning Grief Work
Learn how to establish a safe foundation for entering into the process of grief work.
Expressive Arts
Utilizing expressive arts such as drawing, doodling even, painting, exploring music, certain songs and singing, and movement or dancing are essential to healing from grief and loss.
Letter Writing
Letter writing is a very effective method for engaging both hemispheres of the brain and for engaging the prefrontal cortex to help filter that emotional content of the limbic system and stored content in our emotional brain.

Many times when we lose someone or we’re going through a loss, we can have some pretty provocative dreams of our deceased loved ones or of what we lost and working with these dreams can be a powerful tool for healing.

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Meet Your Instructor

Veronica Vaiti, LCSW-R, CCATP

Co-Founder & Executive Director

Veronica Vaiti is a NY State Licensed Clinical Social Worker who is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Bhava Therapy Group.

This course was born from decades of deep grief work Veronica had the privilege to see through with her clients and from her personal journey with loss and grief. Whether serving as an integrative psychotherapist, mentor, consultant or instructor, Veronica is driven by her profound respect for and curiosity in the human condition and believes in our innate capacity for resilience, realization and evolution.


Is this a live or pre-recorded class?
This course is a self-paced, pre-recorded audio/visual class that is hosted on our confidential, password protected online class platform accessible through the link

How long will I have access to the content?
You will have perpetual access to the course content. Access to this course does not expire.

How long will it take to go through the course?
The time needed to complete the entire course including viewing the audio/visual modules and completion of the posttest and course evaluation can take approximately 2.5 hours. There are 2.25 CE credits issued for this course that are tantamount to the amount of time required to view the entire recorded audio/visual modules. The additional experiential exercises such as Grief Landscape and Relationship Tree are to be practiced as your own pace and as such, do not qualify for inclusion on the amount of time allotted for CE credits

What is the flow of this class?
Starting with the Welcome/Intro Module, you will find and follow the sequential flow of class modules, finishing and completing one before starting the next. Each module, depending upon the topic will include a pre-recorded audio/visual recording, and if applicable, downloadable handouts and course materials. Handouts and course materials remain as perpetually accessible aspects of class for you to download or refer back to within the class modules at a later point in time. The final modules including the posttest and the course evaluation must be completed for you to receive your Certificate of Completion.

How do I receive credit for this course?
You will receive credit for this course upon completion of all modules, the course evaluation and pass the posttest. The posttest requires a passing grade of 80% and you will have an unlimited number of attempts to complete and pass the posttest. Your certificate of completion will be stored in your individual, password protected online course platform and a copy of the certificate will be emailed to the email address you have used to register and establish your personal password protected account on our online course platform.

Do I need to take the course all at once or can I stop and start again?
Since this is a self-paced recorded audio/visual course, you may start, stop, and resume the course as many times as needed.

How do I access my course if I stop and wish to restart?
If you wish to stop and restart the class at different times, you would need to sign into your personal password protected account at the following link: Using the email address you initially used upon registration and the password you were prompted to create.

What if I have a question during the course?
If any questions arise for you during the course, please email

What if I am licensed in multiple states, which course do I sign up for?
If you are licensed in multiple states you would sign up for the Nationally Accredited CE class. If you are licensed in NY State only, please sign up for the NY State onle CE class. If you are licensed in both NY State and another state outside of NY please register for the Nationally Accredited CE Class and email to offer further assistance.


Bhava Therapy Group, #1782, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Bhava Therapy Group maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 12/09/2022 – 12/09/2025.

Bhava Therapy Group has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7242. 8/4/22-8/1/25. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Bhava Therapy Group is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.


NYC Therapy Group LCSW’s Psychotherapy Professionals PLLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department as an Approved Provider of Continuing Education for Licensed Masters and Clinical Social Workers, SW-0307; Licensed Mental Health Counselors, MHC-0051; Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists, MFT-0029; Licensed Creative Arts Therapists, CAT-0019; Licensed Psychoanalysts, P-0023; and Licensed Psychologists, PSY-0001.

*Bhava Therapy Group is an assumed legal name (a DBA) of NYC Therapy Group.

For questions, concerns, or to request accommodations, please email or call 646-389-5801 select Option #3

Course Completion Requirements:
To earn CE credit, social workers and mental health clinicians must log in at the scheduled time, attend the entire course and complete both the online posttest and course evaluation. Upon completion of the live course, you will be immediately prompted to complete the posttest and then the course evaluation. Once you receive a passing score of 80% or above (you will have an unlimited number of attempts to take the posttest), you will be prompted to complete the course evaluation. Participants will have a 24-hour time window from the end of the live course, within which both the posttest and the course evaluation must be completed in order to receive credit. A certificate of completion will appear within your account and you will receive an email congratulations message and link to your Certificate of Completion as well.

Refund Policy

Refunds for live in-person courses are offered up to 1 week in advance of the course start date. Refunds for live online courses are offered up to 24 hours prior to the start of the course. Refunds are issued in the original form of payment used. Any cancellations or requests for refunds after the 1 week or 24 hour window respectively are reviewed on a case by case basis. Requests for refunds or cancellation after the 1 week or 24 hour window, if granted, may qualify only as a credit for future courses not as a refund of the original payment used.

If you are unable to attend the class you registered for, please email to request your credit.

Grievance Policy

The Bhava Therapy Group Continuing Education Program (BTGCEP) aims to provide an educational experience that meets and exceeds the highest standards for professional continuing education. The BTGCEP strives to address and meet each participants’ learning needs in an easy to use, transparent, supportive and openly communicative manner with substantive and quality content and instruction.

If at any time, a participant experiences a difficulty or grievance of any kind such as access to CE course, delivery of courses, attendance to courses, quality of or level of instruction of the courses, receipt of certificates of completion and the like, the BTGCEP team commits to respond promptly and in a timely manner with as much clarity, respect for the request or expressed grievance and work to resolve the grievance in a satisfactory and integrous manner.

System Requirements:
Windows XP or higher, MacOS9 or higher, Android 4.0 or higher Internet Browser: Internet Explorer 9.0 or higher, Google Chrome, Firefox 10.0 or higher Broadband Internet Connection: Cable, High-speed DSL & any other medium that is internet accessible.

In-Service/On-Site Training & Workshops

The Bhava Therapy Group CE Program is also available to provide our continuing education courses and training on-site at your organization. If you or the members of your organization are unable to make it to one of our training or if your organization has a specific request for a training in a particular area of expertise that you don’t see listed as part of our posted curriculum, please email Veronica Vaiti to discuss further.

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