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Grief & Nature Online Training

Embracing Nature's Path to Healing:
Transforming Grief into Growth

About the Training

Course Overview

This course offers a deep and compassionate exploration of grief and loss, tailored for professionals seeking to enhance their counseling skills in this delicate area. It combines theoretical knowledge with practical applications, ensuring a well-rounded understanding of bereavement and grief counseling.

This comprehensive and engaging counseling course on grief and loss aims to provide participants with a deep understanding of the complexities involved in counseling bereaved clients. The course objectives focus on raising awareness of personal loss experiences, recognizing individual values and beliefs about death, and exploring spiritual views related to grief.

Participants will delve into fundamental concepts such as Attachment Theory (Bowlby), the Human Grief Response (including complicated grief), the Five Stages of Loss (Kuebler-Ross), the Four Tasks of Mourning (Worden), and Meaning Reconstruction (Neimeyer). The course also emphasizes the importance of considering diversity issues, including cultural, gender, and generational differences in the context of loss and grief.

To enhance professional competence, the course covers counter-transference responses in counseling, ensuring participants develop a solid theoretical foundation in grief and human grief responses. Additionally, it focuses on the practical application of clinical skills and techniques for counseling grieving individuals.

The interactive nature of the course, conducted live and in-person, includes diverse teaching methods such as lectures, partner dialogue, small group discussions, and individual self-awareness exercises. Participants will have the opportunity to increase their counseling skills through hands-on activities like role-plays, case write-ups, and collaborative group projects. Overall, the course is designed to equip individuals with the knowledge, awareness, and practical skills necessary to effectively support and counsel those experiencing grief.

CE Details 

Center for Nature Informed Therapy has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7473. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Center for Nature Informed Therapy is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.  Grief and Nature Onnline Training course completion will receive 13 NBCC credit hours. 


Key Learning Objectives

  • Understanding Personal Loss: Raising awareness of one's own experiences with loss and how it impacts counseling.

  • Values and Beliefs about Death: Recognizing diverse individual beliefs and cultural perspectives on death and grief.


  • Exploring Spiritual Views: Delving into various spiritual interpretations related to grief and mourning.

  • Attachment and Grief Theories: Covering fundamental concepts such as Bowlby's Attachment Theory, Kuebler-Ross's Five Stages of Loss, Worden's Four Tasks of Mourning, and Neimeyer's Meaning Reconstruction.

  • Diversity Considerations: Addressing cultural, gender, and generational differences in grief experiences.

  • Counter-Transference in Counseling: Understanding and managing the counselor's responses in grief counseling situations.

  • Clinical Skills and Techniques: Focusing on practical applications and interventions in counseling bereaved clients.

Course Format and Teaching Methods

  • Live Interactive Sessions: Conducted in a live, in-person format to facilitate real-time interaction and learning.

  • Diverse Learning Approaches: Incorporating lectures, partner dialogues, and small group discussions.

  • Self-Awareness Exercises: Individual activities aimed at enhancing personal understanding and empathy.

  • Hands-On Activities: Role-plays, case write-ups, and collaborative group projects to practice and refine counseling skills.

Who Should Attend

This course is ideal for mental health professionals, counselors, therapists, and anyone interested in deepening their understanding and skills in grief counseling.

Upcoming Class

Course Date
2 Days
Live Online

About the Trainers

Heidi Schreiber-Pan


Dr. Heidi Schreiber-Pan is a distinguished mental health clinician and the innovative founder of the Center for Nature Informed Therapy. With a doctorate in Counseling Supervision and a licensed clinical professional counselor, she specializes in the treatment of anxiety and grief. As a celebrated public speaker and the author of "Taming the Anxious Mind: A Guidebook to Relieve Anxiety and Stress" as well as "The Outside Within: Stories of Nature's Role in Psychological Well-being," Dr. Schreiber-Pan's expertise is widely acknowledged. ​ Her approach is rooted in the belief that the natural world plays a crucial role in psychological health and well-being. Dr. Schreiber-Pan's transformative programs blend outdoor adventure with therapeutic insights, empowering individuals to conquer their anxiety and find peace in the wilderness. ​ Join us for an inspiring journey with Dr. Schreiber-Pan, where the calming power of nature and expert guidance combine to offer not just a backpacking experience, but a pathway to inner serenity.

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Logistics & Registration

Training Cost: $500 (Limited need-based scholarship available,  apply here)

When: April 15 - 16th, 9 am - 6 pm

Where: Synchronous Online Course

Minimum Enrollment: 20


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