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Workshop: Grief & Stress

February 21, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm


Richard Obershaw MSW, LICSW Richard J. Obershaw is the founder and director of the Grief Center in Lakeville, Minnesota. He lectures nationally and internationally on various social and psychological topics. He has authored Cry Until You Laugh: Comforting Guidance for Coping with Grief, and Death, Dying, Grief and Funerals. Dick has earned degrees in psychology and social work at the University of Wisconsin, a mortuary science degree from the Wisconsin Institute of Mortuary Science, and a master’s degree in social work at the University of Minnesota. He is a wounded Vietnam veteran.

Workshop & Learning Objectives: This will be a 2 part training, the first part titled “Grief: The Re-Identification of self” will be in the morning. This presentation examines the various types of losses human beings experience in life both maturationally and situationally. A societal view of grief and mourning is discussed along with the ways in which people process grief.

The second part “Stress: The Spice of Life or the Kiss of Death” be in the afternoon. In this presentation time is spent looking at both the positive and negative aspects of stress in daily lives. A self-analysis stress test is completed by the participant. Stress coping skills are taught along with a one– half hour session on self hypnosis training.

As a result of the training participants will take away information regarding:

  • Society and grief today
  • Losses and gains
  • Processing: The work of re-identifying
  • Normal vs pathological grief
  • The many myths of grief
  • Pros and cons of group therapy with grief
  • Distinguish between the major types of stress.
  • Better understand the psychological and physical effects of long term stress
  • List five methods of handling stress.
  • Better understand and utilize relaxing methods for their own stress reduction and for their clients/patients.


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February 21, 2020
9:00 am - 3:00 pm


763-658-5800 ext. 1512


New Beginnings Minnesota
109 N Shore Drive
Waverly, MN 55390 United States
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