Professional Certifications and Licenses
I am a Certified Grief Educator. In addition, in September 2021, I completed a one-day training on Grief of Overdose Addiction through the University of Utah’s School of Nursing Caring Connections program.
A Certified Grief Educator is committed to providing the highest level of grief support through education, experience, and insights into the often unacknowledged rocky terrain of grief.
Certified Grief Educators completed a certificate program designed by world-renowned grief expert, David Kessler. They bring his unique methodology, tools, and decades of experience to help people navigate the challenges of grief.
I teach Writing Through Grief, an expressive writing workshop. Since 2016, I’ve taught Writing Through Grief at various organizations including: The University of Utah’s Lifelong Learning and Osher Programs, Jewish Family Service of Utah, The Transplant Games of America, and Art Access. Currently, all classes are held via Zoom.
Writing can help guide us toward a deeper understanding of the pain and suffering of loss. Whatever the reason for grieving–death of a loved one, the pandemic, divorce, illness, job loss–this workshop is designed to provide a supportive environment for participants to explore and honor all feelings of grief. Writing prompts and short readings will offer new ways to express thoughts. Putting pen to paper gives us the opportunity to change perspective and transform suffering into healing. One optional goal of the class is to write a personal essay. All writing levels are welcome and no writing experience is necessary. Please keep in mind this is not group therapy.
I invite you to take a look at my website for upcoming classes: debbieleaman.com
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