Superhero Grief: Bereavement, Post-Traumatic Growth & The Power of the Therapeutic Alliance

Nov 17, 2022 12:00pm -
Nov 17, 2022 01:30pm

Event Description

Superhero Grief Counseling: Bereavement, Post-Traumatic Growth & The Power of the Therapeutic Alliance

This the final workshop being offered in the Superhero Grief Series. Another workshop is being offered in September. You may choose to take 1 or both workshops in the series. You must register separately for each workshop. Each workshop provides 1.5 Category I Contact Hours. 

Other workshops in the series include:

  • Superhero Grief: Being Your Own Neighborhood Spiderman - Advancing Bereavement Care in America - September 22


Session Description:

Our preliterate and ancient storytelling often tells the story of the super human capacity to transform suffering. The concept of our human capacity for positive psychological change which occurs as the result of one’s struggle with a traumatic event is thousands of years old (Calhoun & Tedeschi, 2006).  The loss of a loved one/friend is the most fundamental of all human experiences and although universal to humankind, grief in the context of bereavement can be experienced as one of life’s most distressing and/or traumatic life’s passages (Harrington & Neimeyer, 2021). Through the lens of modern mythical superhero narratives, this webinar will help participants better understand the concept of Post Traumatic Growth in the context of bereavement, identify the five factors associated with PTG (Moore, 2021), and help social workers enhance the power of the therapeutic alliance in bereavement counseling.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand posttraumatic growth (PTG) and identify the five factors.
  2. Recognize concepts of PTG through the use of modern superhero narratives.
  3. Identify 2-3 interventional strategies from PTG research and based off of superhero archetypes to promote growth after loss and enhance the therapeutic alliance. 

CEUs: 1.5 Category I Contact Hours


Instructor: Jill A. Harrington, DSW, LCSW


Registration Fees - includes CE certificate (emailed after completion)

NASW Member       $22.50
Non-Member          $37.50





This is a live virtual training. Registrants will be sent the login to join the day prior to the training. 



If you choose the "Bill Me" option during checkout, please mail payment within 7 days of registering in order to hold your seat. You will receive a confirmation email with your purchase information following checkout; this will serve as your invoice, no other invoices will be provided.


Checks should be made out to NASW Virginia and mailed to:

4860 Cox Road, Suite 200
Glen Allen, VA 23060


If a registrant cancels more than 10 days before the event, a refund will be issued by check or credit back to your credit card, minus a 10% administrative fee.


If cancelation occurs less than 10 days prior to the event, no refund will be issued but you may request a credit towards a future training to be used within 1 year of the cancelation date. Call the Chapter Office (804-204-1339) to cancel within 10 days of the training. A request for credit may be granted at the discretion of the Executive Director in case of a documented emergency.



Individuals who require assistance under the ADA for participation in this training should contact NASW-VA at least 30 days prior to the start of the training.  Please call the Chapter office at 804.204.1339 to discuss your needs or any concerns with a member of the staff.  


Children under the age of 18 are not permitted into any NASWVA sponsored trainings or events, without prior written consent by the chapter. For special situations and/or circumstances, please call or email the chapter office.  

Event Type:Training
Early registration ends on Aug 15, 2022.
Regular registration starts on Aug 16, 2022 and ends on Nov 15, 2022.
Late registration starts on Nov 16, 2022.
(GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)


Registration Fees
Fee TypeEarlyRegularLate
 1.5 CE Hours
Member Fee: $22.50$22.50$22.50
Non-Member Fee: $37.50$37.50$37.50