ACE Foundation Programs

2023 Program Archive

The New York State Society For Clinical Social Work Staten Island Chapter With The Advanced Clinical Education Foundation presents:


Program Description

Sometimes grief feels like an endurance test that never ends due to experiencing multiple losses in a row, the resurfacing of previous loss/trauma’s psychosocial impact, or difficulty resolving feelings due to a “complicated” relationship to the dead. Add to this mix a sudden, traumatic, “senseless” or avoidable death and/or a death within a culture-wide context of grief (such as COVID 19) and you have the perfect grief storm. Daniel Siegel’s ever-evolving work on the intersection of mindfulness and interpersonal neurobiology can help us understand what a therapeutic alliance looks like in the midst of such overwhelming losses. Pete Walker’s work on Complex PTSD and Bessel van der Kolk’s work on healing trauma by working with the brain, mind and body can help us provide nuanced, trauma-informed bereavement. This course teaches bereavement interventions through case studies gathered from years of hospice as well as private practice experience. Learn how to holistically explore the intricacies of complicated grief with evidence-based practices and co-create interventions with grieving clients that honor and utilize their complexity for healing.

Registration Options

*NYSSCSW Discount applies to NYSSCSW current members only.

**Student Discount only applies to full time students currently enrolled in social work and MHP master level programs.


Saturday, February 25, 2023

10:00am - 1:00pm


All Registrations Must Be Made By 5pm, Wednesday, February 19th. NO EXCEPTIONS.​

contact Hours:

3.0 Contact Hours Will Be Awarded For This Program


Anne Grenchus, LCSW, ACPH-SW


Live Online via Zoom

Program Originator:

Staten Island

Course Number


NYS CE Accreditation for:


The Advanced Clinical Education (ACE) Foundation of the NYS Society for Clinical Social Work, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0028; licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0045; licensed psychoanalysts #P-0017; licensed psychologists #PSY-0121; and licensed social workers #SW-0056.

Out of State Providers:

Out-of-state providers are welcome to request a certificate upon completion of the presentation evaluation but must check with their own state licensing boards to inquire about whether or not the certificate is recognized as transferrable for CEs in their state’s jurisdiction.

Program Details

After attending this this, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe a mindfulness practice that can help the clinician prepare for a session with a client who has trauma-informed bereavement needs.
  2. Identify an intervention a client can use on their own to cope with emotion dysregulation while grieving.
  3. Identify an educational tool that can help clients develop insight into their complicated grief.
  4. Describe trauma-informed interventions that addresses grief expressed in each of the following: in a relationship, in the body, in one’s thoughts, and in one’s interaction with one’s environment.

Psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, licensed psychoanalysts, nurse practitioners and family and marriage/couple therapists and mental health counselors.

This seminar is appropriate for clinicians with all levels of experience.

Anne Grenchus, LCSW has blended social work and philosophy in her academic and clinical studies and work over the course of twenty years. Anne has an M.A. in Philosophy and an M.A. in Social Work, with Advanced Certification in Hospice and Palliative Care. Her 5+ years of “exceptional” hospice home care and bereavement counselor work shown that phenomenological existentialism can provide a practical framework through which people living in an individualistic society can explore life challenges. In her private practice, she now uses trauma-informed approaches to meet her client’s needs during the pandemic. Anne teaches workshops on grief, on communication and de-escalation techniques for psychiatric and dementia patients by exploring patients’ lived experience of care provision, and she has taught phenomenological existentialism to undergraduates.

Bibliography/References – DOWNLOAD PDF
Zoom Webinar: Experiential workshop with a Power Point presentation and time for Q and A

Contact Hours will be awarded once the entire course is completed, as evidenced by signing in and out and completing a course evaluation. Certificates will be emailed approximately ten business days after the completion of the course.

ACE welcomes participants with diverse abilities. Please contact Kristin or Debbie at, at time of registration, to request accessibility accommodations. Accommodation requests are considered in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities ACT (ADA), Section 505 of the Rehabilitation ACT.

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations made at least five days before the event will be fully refunded. For cancellation please call 1-800-288-4279, or email us at

Inclement Weather Policy:

Should Inclement weather occur, we will be notifying all registrants via the email by which the registrant signed up. Please be sure to check your email before you leave for the course.

  • 3.0 Contact Hours will be awarded once the entire course is completed.
  • All registrations must be submitted by the Wednesday prior to the program.
  • Certificates will be emailed approximately ten business days after the completion of the course.
  • For questions regarding disability access please contact Kristin or Debbie, at time of registration, so that we can see to it that arrangements are made to accommodate your special needs:
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