Why you'll love this course

Therapists are experts at providing comfort to clients who are suffering. But it takes a particular kind of courage to work with clients on the depths and details of their grief. Debi Frankle brings her 25 years of experience to the forefront, and teaches you how to use wisdom and grace treating grief as something different from just another kind of struggle.

Course description

Grief is one of the most common reasons people seek help from a mental health professional. Yet it often goes unrecognized or dismissed by practitioners. In this workshop, you will learn the essential ingredients you need to work effectively with grievers.

Topics include:

  • What you need to address for yourself
  • What your clients desperately need from you
  • How your colleagues can help you and how you can help them
  • What your community needs
  • How to stay motivated when working clinically with grief

1 hours CE. Recorded Video Format (non-interactive).

This course was recorded from a live presentation at the 2019 Therapy Reimagined conference in Los Angeles. For information on past and future Therapy Reimagined events, visit therapyreimagined.com.

Learning objectives

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify at least 3 important loss- and grief-related factors to address in practice

  • Identify at least 3 ways to inform clients and the community about the insidious effects of grief on health

  • Utilize at least 3 resources to address grief in clinical practice

Course outline

1. Mistakes therapists make about grief

i. Assuming grief is only related to death

ii. Buying into a grief theory

iii. Grief takes time

iv. Trying to ease your grieving client's pain too soon

v. Assuming that a grief group is the only way to help grievers

2. Audience Q&A (recorded)

3. Interview with the presenter



Debi Jenkins Frankle, MS, LMFT

Debi Jenkins Frankle is a California-licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and the co-founder of the Calabasas Counseling and Grief Recovery Center. She has worked with grievers for more than 25 years. She provides training to grief counselors throughout North America, equipping clinicians with the tools to help clients address unresolved grief.

Additional Information

Format and Length:

Recorded Video format (non-interactive); Total running time 69 minutes

Topic Area:

Clinical Practice

Instructional Level:


Completion Requirements:

To obtain your CE certificate, you must progress through all course segments, complete a satisfaction survey, and obtain a score of 80% or higher on a course completion quiz.

Who Should Attend:

Psychologists, counselors, clinical social workers, and marriage and family therapists.

Enrollment Period:

90 days

Publication and Review Dates:

Course Published: July 6, 2020 

Financial Support Statement:

SimplePractice Learning pays course providers for their teaching. This course was presented at the Therapy Reimagined 2019 conference. There is no other financial support for this course.

Conflict of Interest Statement:

There is no potential conflict of interest or outside commercial support for this course.

Refund Policy:

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Continuing Education Approvals:

SimplePractice is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SimplePractice maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course provides 1 hour of continuing education (1 CE credit) for psychologists.

SimplePractice has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6961. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. SimplePractice is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

SimplePractice is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LPCCs, LCSWs, and LEPs (CAMFT CEPA provider #145276). SimplePractice maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course meets the qualifications for 1 hour of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

SimplePractice is approved as a Rule/Statute Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling. Note that we do not automatically report CE completion to CE Broker at this time, so certificates of completion must be manually uploaded. Click here for more information.

SimplePractice LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0582.

SimplePractice is approved to provide continuing education activities for Social Workers in the state of Texas. Social Work CE Provider Number 7678.

This course is not part of our continuing education program approved through NAADAC. Click here to view our complete CE approval information, or check out our collection of NAADAC approved courses.

This course is not part of our ASWB approved continuing education program.