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The Faraway-Nearby of Loss: How We Mourn

  • Saturday, October 29, 2022
  • 10:00 AM - 12:15 PM
  • Online ZOOM Meeting
  • 148


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Co-hosted with USC

Presenter:  Kerry L. Malawista, MSW, Ph.D.  
2 CEUs     
Costs: Member/USC Alumni - $65 | Nonmember - $105 | CSCSW/USC Student - $25 

This workshop will explore how we mourn the loss of someone essential to our identity, whether it is a parent, child or partner. How do we find a bridge between the nearby of overwhelming grief and the dreaded faraway, of feeling our loved one is lost to us forever? I suggest a middle distance is necessary, a space that bridges the faraway and the nearby. A liminal space where a death can be slowly integrated, where the bereaved can shift between moments of excruciating pain, and moments of ordinary-living, arriving at a place where someone is remembered with love, but without the daily ache and pain of loss. In other words, how do we transform suffering and surviving into healthy thriving?

Memoir excerpts (the source for my novel, Meet the Moon) will be shared to deepen our understanding of mourning at different developmental stages.

Learning Objectives:

After this workshop participants will be able to:
  1. Critique the evolution of our theories of grief and mourning.
  2. Identify the complex dynamics that arise when a child loses a parent.
  3. Use an understanding of identification, taking a loved one inside, as a way to mourn.

              About the Presenter:

              Kerry L. Malawista, MSW, Ph.D.

              Kerry L. Malawista, MSW, Ph.D. is a training and supervising analyst at the Contemporary Freudian Society, co-chair of New Directions in Writing and founder of The Things They Carry – offering virtual writing workshops for healthcare and frontline workers across the country. She is permanent faculty at the Contemporary Freudian Society and has taught at George Washington University Psychology Doctoral Program, Virginia Commonwealth University and Smith College School of Social Work. Her essays have appeared nationally in newspapers, magazines and literary journals including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, The Boston Globe, Zone 3, Washingtonian Magazine, The Huffington Post, Bethesda Magazine, Arlington Magazine, The Account Magazine, and Delmarva Review, which nominated her for a Pushcart Prize. She is the co-author of Wearing my Tutu to Analysis and Other Stories (2011), The Therapist in Mourning: From the Faraway Nearby (2013), When the Garden Isn’t Eden: More Psychoanalytic Concepts from Life (2022) all published by Columbia University Press, and Who’s Behind the Couch (2017) published by Routledge Press. Her first novel, Meet the Moon was released September 2022.

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              Workshop Logistics: After registering you will receive a link to the ZOOM meeting.

              This WORKSHOP meets the qualifications for 2 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

              Note: With supervisor approval, registered ASWs may use CEs toward LCSW hours.

              Cancellation Policy

              • 14 days or more before event date: Full refund
              • 13-7 days before event date: 75% refund
              • 6 days or less before event date: No refund

              Note:  Registration will be canceled if payment is not made at least 7 days prior to the event.

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