ACE Foundation Programs

2021 Program Archive

New York State Society for Clinical Social Work Nassau Chapter with The Advanced Clinical Education Foundation of the NYSSCSW Presents:


Program Description

How do we grieve–and survive? What do we do when we hit a grief wall? In the past year deaths are more likely to be sudden due to COVID-19. These deaths may be experienced as traumatic due to a decreased time of anticipatory grief and the inability to process these deaths because our culture’s usual guideposts are often absent during lockdowns. To thrive on the other side of grief requires finding solutions to questions we are living out but often do not ask. Grief is an instructive human experience with a purpose that can structure our understanding of ourselves. If explored, questions can help individuals create a healing approach for themselves despite the pressure to hurry up and “get on with their lives” or to “power through” this cultural season of death.

This presentation teaches bereavement interventions that are informed by the lived experience of grief. Paying attention to what it truly feels like to grieve exposes how deeply social we truly are on all levels: interpersonal, cognitive, environmental and bodily. Svend Brinkmann’s recent work on this topic will be outlined so that we have language for how complex our grief experiences are especially within an individualistic culture. With the help of Daniel Siegel’s work on neural integration, we will apply this multi-dimensional, deeply social understanding of grief to real case studies gathered from years of hospice experience. These case studies will reveal 15 often unasked grief questions. Learn how to holistically explore these questions with evidence-based practices and co-create interventions with grieving clients that honor and utilize their deep sociality for healing. The case studies will include intervention templates to use with clients with similar questions.

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.

This is an ACE Foundation Program. If this is your first time taking an ACE Foundation program not co-sponsored by an NYSSCSW, you will be prompted to make your complimentary account on the ACE Foundation Learning Center platform, where you will be able to access all program information, course materials and information for future ACE Foundation programs from your member dashboard. You will be asked to set a password for your new ACE Foundation Learning Center account.


Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021

10:00am - 1:00pm

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Anne Grenchus, LCSW, ACPH-SW

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contact Hours:

3.0 Contact Hours Will Be Awarded For This Program

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.


Registration is closed.

Program Details

As a result of attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify five common often unasked grief questions
  2. List and explain one intervention that can help clients move beyond their understanding of grief as something to “get over.”
  3. Describe the ability to offer interventions accessing at least three of the following dimensions of grief: in a relationship, in the body, in one’s thoughts, in one’s interaction with one’s environment.

Social workers, psychiatrists, psychologists, 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 for twenty-five years. Her five years of “exceptional” hospice home care and bereavement counselor work has proven that phenomenological existentialism can provide a practical framework through which people living in an individualistic society can explore life challenges. Anne teaches practical workshops to hospice staff/volunteers on communication and de-escalation techniques for psychiatric and dementia patients by exploring patients’ lived experience of care provision, somatic self-care techniques to help mitigate pandemic-related stress, and, she has taught phenomenological existentialism the theoretical foundation of Sven Brinkmann’s work to undergraduates.

This lecture/workshop with include a Power Point presentation, Case Studies, Group Exercises, Breakout Groups and 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 Jennifer 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.
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