Narrative Writing for Exploration and Healing in Grief

Live Interactive Webinar  
Instructor: Lisa Zeitz, L.M.S.W.  
Level: Intermediate  
CEs: 1.5
Target Audience: Social workers and other social service providers working in palliative care.
Course Delivery Method, Format and Instructor Interaction: Live interactive webinar with discussion. Instructor will use lecture, experiential exercises, large group discussions. Attendees are visible to one another in Zoom meeting and are encouraged to be active participants with their camera and/or microphone in order take part in discussion. Login information will be emailed to all program participants in advance of the start of the program.
System Requirements: Attendees will need access to a computer with working camera and microphone. All courses are offered using Zoom conferencing software.

Narrative writing is an invaluable tool for work with clients, caregivers, colleagues and as a tool to cope with vicarious traumatization. The act of writing during challenging and pivotal life challenges, including confronting the end of life, allows for meaning-making and transformation. A theoretical framework will be explored, presenting research on the power of writing as a healing tool in end of life and bereavement. In this class we will discuss the theories of narrative for clinical interventions and then write together using focused prompts and a discussion about how to use this incredible tool with many different populations.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the healing benefits of narrative as shown in the research
  2. Apply narrative writing techniques to explore issues of mortality
  3. Recognize opportunities for using narrative techniques

Outline: 1.5 hours

  • Theoretical exploration of narrative writing and its uses and benefits in end-of-life care and bereavement

  • Experiential exercises using writing prompts, distributing sample prompts for the use of students

  • Presentation of the uses of narrative writing with diverse populations, including end of life patients, affected families, colleagues and as a tool for coping with vicarious traumatization. This will include a discussion of issues of sensitivity for the variety of communities we serve.

Lisa Zeitz is wearing a black top and smiling at the camera.

Lisa Zeitz, L.M.S.W.

Professional Education Instructor
Lisa Zeitz, L.M.S.W., began her career at NYU Medical Center in pediatric oncology. There she established new programs to support critically ill children and…
Completion Requirements for Live Interactive Webinars

Live, interactive webinars are synchronous, virtual courses held in a Zoom meeting. To receive a CE certificate, you must attend the entirety of the webinar. Partial credit will not be awarded to those who attend only a portion of the training. Participant attendance is tracked through Zoom. To earn CE credit, participants must also complete an evaluation. A link to the online evaluation will be emailed to participants within 24 hours of the conclusion of the course. It is attendee’s responsibility to contact their state licensing board/certification boards to determine eligibility to meet continuing education requirements. Receiving CEs is contingent on attendance and completion of the evaluation.

How Will a CE Certificate Be Awarded?
Upon completing the webinar evaluation, participants will be emailed their online certificate​ within 30 days of webinar completion​. ​Participants should save and/or print ​the certificate upon receipt for ​their records.