Working with Parents Experiencing Grief and Loss due to their Child’s Autism Diagnosis – 4/8/19

Working with parents experiencing grief and loss due to their child’s autism diagnosis

Connie Palmer LCSW and Adrienne Fitzer MA, BCBA

Live Event Information:

  • Date: Monday, 4/8/2019
  • Time: 6:30-8:30pm eastern standard time

Recording Information

  • This webinar is presented LIVE and will be recorded. All registrants have the opportunity to attend LIVE and/or view the recording during the 5 day limited access period that begins the day after the live webinar.
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As most professionals know, parents of individuals with autism and other life-altering diagnoses experience high-levels of stress. Less obvious however, is the experience of grief and loss that these parents experience during their child’s lifespan.  This live webinar, presented by Connie Palmer, Clinical Director for Imagine, A Center for Coping and Loss in Westfield, NJ, will focus on this experience of loss and normalize the grief of parents with children on the autism spectrum or with any life altering diagnosis. Ms. Palmer will provide insight into the psychosocial impact of such a diagnosis and review essential skills necessary for professionals to interact and communicate with members of this population.  Parents are encouraged attend and contribute their experiences working with professionals who were insensitive to their grief process during the “open share” portion of the event which will take place during the last half hour of the webinar.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define loss, grief, mourning and resilience
  • Describe the losses experienced by parents after a life altering diagnosis
  • Identify barriers to expressing grief and getting support
  • List the key components of the Companioning Model of grief support

Continuing Education:

  • Behavior Analysts: 2  type II CEs Live or Recording
  • Psychologists: N/A
  • Social Workers and Certified Counselors: 2 CEs Live event only 
  • Teachers: Acquire professional development hours for watching this event. Discuss the event with your supervisor to determine if it is eligible.

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6:30 pm: Introduction
6:35 pm: Presentation begins
8:15 pm: Q&A submit questions for chat
8:30 pm: Posttest, Evaluation and submit attendance codes”

Connie Palmer is a licensed clinical social worker who is an experienced teacher, therapist and school counselor
with more than thirty years of experience working with youth and their families. She is currently the Clinical Training
Director for Imagine, A Center for Coping with Loss in Westfield, NJ. She presents seminars on various topics such
as: grief and loss, resilience, shame, parenting, anti-bullying, depression and anxiety.

Presenter Disclosure Statement:

Connie Palmer is the Clinical Training Director for Imagine, A Center for Coping and Loss in Westfield, NJ. She is a salaried employee and does not receive commissions, incentives, or speaker fees for presenting ABACLive webinars. Presenter fees and a portion of the continuing education fees are donated to Imagine, A Center for Coping and Loss.

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Participants are required to attend the entire workshop.  ABAC presenters embed codes randomly within their workshops that participants need to send to us following the workshops to ensure attendance.


In addition, participants are required to pass a post-test with 80% accuracy.


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