The Impact of Traumatic Loss: New Understandings, New Directions

with John R. Jordan, Ph.D.
September 16, 2016. 8:00 am to 4:45 pm

The Universities at Shady Grove, Rockville, MD


Online Registration Deadline: September 9, 2016 

Call-in registrations allowed until Wednesday, September 14th.

Walk-in registrations will be accepted the day of the event. (Fee will be $120 for walk-ins; $130 w/CEUs.)

For more information, contact Linda Horenstein at 301-637-1871 or


Bereavement after the sudden, unexpected, and violent death of a loved one can create one of the most difficult loss trajectories. This workshop will provide an overview and update of the effects on adults and families of traumatic deaths such as suicides, homicides, and accidental deaths. After a brief review of new bereavement models and research findings, we will use the twin lenses of thanatology and traumatology to understand the impact of this type of bereavement. We will also explore the implications of this perspective for assessment and intervention, focusing on new techniques that are developing for helping traumatized survivors. While drawing primarily on the presenter’s extensive experience working with survivors of suicide loss, the information presented will have wide applicability to work with people who have lost a loved one to any type of sudden or violent death.

Seminar Format

The seminar will be informed by research and clinical experience, and will include the use of didactic lecture, case discussion, and audiovisual presentation. Dr. Jordan’s teaching style encourages interaction with the audience, including ample opportunities for questions and discussion. 

Who should attend?

Social Workers, Clergy, Therapists, Counselors, Funeral Directors, Medical Professionals, Crisis Response Professionals, Volunteers and others interested in the impact of traumatic loss and bereavement.

Speaker:  John (Jack) Jordan  

Dr. Jordan is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Pawtucket, RI, where he specializes in working with loss and bereavement. He was also the Founder and the Director until 2007 of the Family Loss Project, a research and clinical practice providing services for bereaved families. He has specialized in work with survivors of suicide and other losses for more than 30 years.

Over the length of his career, Jack has been providing national and international training for therapists, healthcare professionals, and clergy.  He has helped to organize and lead many healing workshops for grieving people dealing with the traumatic impact of loss.  He has published more than 50 clinical and research articles, chapters, and full books in the areas of bereavement, support group models, the integration of research and practice in thanatology, and loss in family and larger social systems.  Working with a number of other experts in the field, he has coauthored the following books:  After Suicide Loss: Coping with Your Grief (2nd Ed.); Grief After Suicide: Coping with the Consequences and Caring for the Survivors (Routledge, 2011); Devastating Losses: How Parents Cope With the Death of a Child to Suicide or Drugs (Springer, 2012).  His most recent publication, coauthored with Phyllis Kosminsky, is Attachment-Informed Grief Therapy: The Clinician’s Guide to Foundations and Applications (Routledge, 2016).

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Identify several emerging theoretical developments in the way the mourning process is being understood;
  • Describe differences and similarities in trauma and complicated grief responses;
  • Identify prominent psychological themes that are common for individual and family survivors of traumatic loss;
  • Describe a foundational model for the roles of the grief counselor in working with traumatic grief;
  • Describe several promising new treatment techniques for complicated and traumatic grief.


  8:00      registration and breakfast
  9:00      The Impact of Traumatic Death
10:30      morning break
10:45      Common Problems in Traumatic Loss
12:15      lunch
  1:15      Foundations of Grief Counseling
  2:45      afternoon break
  3:00      Interventions for Traumatic Loss
  4:30      closing remarks and evaluations

Location and Parking

The Universities at Shady Grove
Conference and Event Center (Building 2)
9630 Gudelsky Drive, Rockville, MD 20850

Free parking for conference attendees in the parking garage on Travilah Gateway Drive. (Vouchers will be provided.)  

Registration Fees (non-refundable)

General Registration                                      $100
Registration with CEUs                                  $110
Walk-in registration (if space available)  $120/ $130 (w/ CEUs)

To receive  continuing education credits, you must be present for the entire session.

Continuing Education Units - 6 CEUs

•   Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists: 6 CEUs, Category A (pending)
•   Board of Social Work Examiners of the State of Maryland: 6CEUs, Category 1
•   Maryland State Board of Morticians:  6 CEUs (pending)

Thank you to our Corporate Partners:

Diamond Partner
Family & Nursing Care

Gold Partners     
Joseph Gawler’s Sons, LLC
Hines-Rinaldi Funeral Home, Inc.

Silver Partners
Advanced Nursing and Home Support
Adventist HealthCare
The Law Firm of Amy L. Griboff, LLC
Metropolitan Shuttle
Sandy Spring Bank
Sagel Bloomfield Danzansky Goldberg Funeral Care Inc.
Visiting Angels

Young and Company, LLC


Event Type

Professional Education

Event Date

September 16, 2016 - 8:00am to 4:45pm