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BRONX, NY— Calvary Hospital’s 29th Annual Bereavement Course, virtual since 2020, begins March and is designed for those in the helping professions, such as, nurses, social workers, mental health counselors, and substance abuse counselors. 

This eleven-week course will be taught by various specialists from Calvary Hospital/Hospice. Course offerings explore fundamentals of grief counseling, how children are affected by death and loss, how different generations grieve a loss, spiritual questions at the end of life, hospice care, and grief viewed through the lens of social justice, among other important topics. 

“Death and loss are a part of our everyday experience, especially as we enter the third year of a global pandemic. This course will provide a solid foundation for individuals who care for the physical and emotional well-being of others,” said Maria Georgopoulos, Director of Bereavement Services for Calvary Hospital.

The course meets live on Zoom. Participants can attend on Mondays starting March 7 through May 16 or Wednesdays from March 9 through May 18. Successful completion requires that participants: (1) register for the course, and (2) complete course evaluations for each attended lecture. Contact hours will only be awarded for completed programs.

  • This program has been approved to award contact hours by 
    • (1) The Ohio Nurses Association (The Ohio Nurses Association is an accredited approver of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (OBN-001-91);
    • (2) Calvary Hospital, Bereavement Services is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0158;
    • (3) Calvary Hospital, Bereavement Services is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0162;
    • (4) NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) for CASAC (Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor), CPP (Credentialed Prevention Professional) and CPS (Credentialed Prevention Specialist);
    • (5) Approval is pending from the NYS Department of Health Bureau of Funeral Directors.

This professional development offering is provided for those who work in various health-care fields, not for bereaved family members. 

Course fees are as follows:

  • $350.00 for the full eleven weeks (discounted rate)
  • $250.00 each for 2 or more people from the same institution
  • $100.00 for the entire course for graduate students
  • $65.00 for each individual session 

Attendees must be present during the days and times the course is offered; it will not be recorded. In this training, sensitive material will be discussed, including potentially activating topics, as well as trainees’ personal losses and professional reactions. Learners should prepare themselves for these in-depth conversations. 

Note: No commercial support was received for this educational activity.

For further information about Monday registration, contact R. Abby Spilka at (917) 574-6879 or email aspilka@calvaryhospital.org. For information about Wednesday registration, contact Joanne Castellanos at (917) 574-4941 or email jcastellanos@calvaryhospital.org.

See attached PDF for schedule and registration form