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Grief Certification Training:

Helping Clients with Grief and Loss
Across the Lifespan

Online Live Webinar: Real-Time, Interactive Training

Workshop Information

What stands in our client's way of grieving? What makes it so hard for them to grieve? How often do society and others judge individuals because they are not "getting" over their grief? Who are the invisible grievers? These questions and more have been the topic of conversation on grief and loss. 

Grief is a normal and natural response to death and non-death losses. It can be shared and experienced by all individuals. Yet, everyone grieves differently. Despite the variance in grief responses, this workshop will explore behaviors and emotions expressed and experienced across the lifespan. It will review how an individual's experience with grief differs according to many factors, such as gender, age, developmental level, family, cultural, and social life experiences. We will also review case scenarios and how clinicians and providers can be more proactive in supporting themselves and others grieving various losses through assessments, different grief models, and therapeutic interventions. 

At the completion of this course, attendees will be eligible to become a Certified Grief Informed Professional (CGP) through Evergreen Certifications. Maryland CEU Institute will pay for your first year of certification, and it is included in the course registration fee - See below for certification details

Course Level: Intermediate

Target Audience: Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors, Psychologists, Addictions Counselors, other mental health professionals
See below for CE Credit information.

Date: Fri, December 2, 2022

Time: Sign-In: 8:30am Eastern Time – Workshop: 8:45am-4:00pm ET 

Location: Online, Live, Real-Time & Interactive Webinar via Zoom – Category I CE Credits for Maryland Social Workers (same as in-person!)

Cost (includes 6.0 CE Credits AND 1st Year Certification - $99 Value!):

$169 Early Registration through Nov 22

$189 After Nov 22

$149 per person Group Registration for groups of 3 or more (Click HERE to register a group)

Registration: Registration closes 1 hour prior to the training. Participants may register online (click Register Now below or visit the Group Registration Page for groups of 3+) or by Mail.

Presenters: Lisa Connors, LCPC, NCC, MAC, CT, CGP, M.Div., MA, ABD

CE Credits: 6.0 Live Interactive Online CE Credits
Valid for: 

  • Maryland CEU Institute is an approved provider through the ASWB ACE approved provider program.

  • Maryland Social Work Category I CE Credits (same as in-person)

  • DC Social Work CE Credits 


See below for credit details and state acceptance

Certification Details

Are you ready to step into the life awaiting you as a Certified Professional? Once you’ve completed this course, you will have met the educational standards to become a Certified Grief Informed Professional! Certification lets colleagues, employers, and caregivers know that you’ve invested the extra time and effort necessary to understand the complexities of grief counselling. Certified Grief Informed Professional is available to State or Nationally Licensed Behavioral Health professionals, including associate or provisionally licensed professionals. Detailed professional standards are available at


Simple Steps to Pursue Grief Treatment Certification:


  • Step 1: Complete this training and receive your Certificate of Completion (sent within one week of training by email)

  • Step 2: Apply online at a

  • Step 3: Provide payment for your first year of certification by entering the coupon code provided by Maryland CEU Institute with your certificate (this will bring certification cost to $0)

  • Step 4: Email a copy of the following to

    • CE Certificate from this training

    • Professional license, unofficial transcript from your enrolment in a mental health graduate program, or documentation of your professional status

  • Step 5: Receive your certification within 1 to 2 weeks following application.


Questions about Certification? The team at Evergreen Certifications is happy to help. or 800.990.2629

Once Certified, an electronic Certificate and Digital Badge will be made available to you by Evergreen Certifications.

Ongoing Certification fees apply beyond the first year of certification - please visit


Lisa Connors, LCPC, NCC, MAC, CT, CGP, M.Div., MA, ABD

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Lisa Connors is the Associate Pastor of In His Image International Ministry. She is a Licensed Bachelor Social Worker, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor, Board-Certified Coach, Master Addiction Counselor, and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. Ms. Connors is a Certified Grief Informed Professional. She is also Certified in Thanatology [the study of death, dying, and bereavement]. Ms. Connors has been in ministry for over 25 years and in the human services/social work/counseling/addiction fields for over 30 years. She has worked in various settings providing services to the despondent and downtrodden. Her greatest passion is working with individuals affected by HIV/AIDS, substance use and mental health disorders, violence/abuse/trauma, grief and loss, racial and social injustices. What Ms. Connors has gained and learned in her life is what she desires to offer others. Knowing she has impacted someone’s life is her aspiration.


In addition to her pastoral and clinical work, Ms. Connors is a college professor, a member of many local, state, and national organizations, and a trainer/consultant. Ms. Connors earned her Bachelor of Social Work, Master of Divinity, and Master of Arts in Professional Counseling, respectively, and is finishing her Ph.D. in Psychology.

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After attending this course, participants will be able to…

  1. Define the various components of grief and loss and how it affects individuals from a physical, emotional, cognitive, behavioral, and spiritual perspective.

  2. Differentiate between grief counseling and grief therapy and the objectives utilized to accomplish the goals of each one. 

  3. List 2 ways of responding to children, teens, and adults who may be experiencing a crisis due to grief and loss.

  4. Give examples of models and theories most effective for supporting oneself and others as they take the grief journey. 

  5. Apply treatment approaches and therapeutic interventions to the uniqueness of the client's grief and loss experiences. 

  6. Create practices that consider the "whole" individual and explore how an individual's protective factors can serve as strength markers for the healing process.



Maryland CEU Institute, #1816, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Maryland CEU Institute maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 05/04/2022 – 05/04/2023. Social workers completing this course receive 6.0 continuing education credits.


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  • New Jersey accepts only individual approved courses/conferences (see more information under Maryland Social Work Accreditation)

  • New York does not accept ASWB ACE provider or course/conference approval.

  • *West Virginia accepts ACE providers and courses for programs offered outside the state or through distance learning.


6.0 Category I Maryland Social Work CE Credits

Maryland CEU Institute/Optimal Life Solutions, LLC is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners (under the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene) for continuing education credits.

MD Social Work Credits are also accepted for: 
Maryland Licensed Professional Counselors
Maryland Licensed Psychologists
Maryland Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists
Maryland Addictions Counselors

Maryland CEU Institute are also approved for credit through the DC Board of Social Work.

*New Jersey regulations state that credits are accepted for attendance at programs or courses approved by boards that license social work practice in other states: one credit for each hour of attendance. Additional information can be found here. Chapter 13:44G-6.4 C11


PLEASE NOTE: Even when a social work board accepts courses offering ASWB ACE credit, licensees are responsible for determining whether courses meet the CE requirements in their jurisdictions. States and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether any individual course may be accepted for credit. We strongly suggest that licensees contact their individual licensing boards to review continuing education requirements for licensure renewal.

We do our best keep our information current, but state laws sometimes change without notice. Please remember it is your responsibility for interpreting your state’s laws, licensure requirements, course relevancy and all requirements for your state.

If you are aware of a change in your requirements that is not shown here, please send us an email at or complete our Contact Us form. 



Course Interaction & System Requirements: 

This live webinar is fully interactive. Attendees may ask and answer questions throughout the presentation and participate in instructor-led discussions.

Minimum System requirements:

  • An internet connection – broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE)

  • A computer or device to watch AND listen to the training as well as type questions or responses into the Zoom chat function (view full list of compatible devices and supported operating systems

Strongly Recommended: 

  • Speakers and a microphone – built-in, USB plug-in, or wireless Bluetooth

  • A webcam or HD webcam – built-in, USB plug-in, or:

​View the FULL LIST of compatible operating systems and system requirements.

Course Completion Requirements:

To earn CE Credit attendees must fulfill the following:

  1. Login to the training (Zoom) on time and ensure that you first and last name are showing in Zoom (message staff if unsure or need help).

  2. Complete a separate Virtual Sign-In Sheet by training start time (link provided in Zoom).

  3. Attend training in full and participate.

  4. Complete separate Virtual Sign-Out Sheet/Evaluation at conclusion (link provided in Zoom with 15 minute timeframe to begin or complete eval).


If all of the above criteria are met your CE certificate will be emailed to you within 7 days of training completion. If above criteria are not yet you may have credits deducted or may be unable to receive any credits. See Terms of Service for full details.

Refund and Cancellations:
To request a refund or cancellation please submit the required information through our Contact page. Please visit our Terms of Service for full refund and cancellation policies.

Please email or submit a Contact form to request an accommodation at least 30 days prior to the training you wish to attend.

Complaints or Grievances: 
All complaints or concerns must be submitted in writing by:

Submitting a Contact Form

Emailing concerns to

An email will be sent to acknowledge receipt and complaints will be responded to within 30 days. For full MD CEU Institute Grievance policy information visit our Terms of Service page.