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Evening Education Series | Bereavement Symposium
Credential Renewal Programs | School Crisis Team Training
Theology of Grief | Half-Day Programs
Children’s Grief Awareness Day | Grief Group Facilitation Training
Advanced Grief Group Facilitation Skills | Busch Funeral & Crematory Services Partner Programs

About Cornerstone’s Education Programs
For the last 15 years, Cornerstone of Hope has had a reputation of providing excellent clinical services and programs to bereaved children, teens and adults. In addition, we have led the way in providing training on all aspects of grief and loss to community agencies, businesses, universities, hospitals and churches. This page contains educational programs for 2019. Please enjoy browsing our offerings, and then register for these upcoming programs using any of the register now buttons below. Programs are held at Cornerstone of Hope (5905 Brecksville Road, Independence, Ohio 44131) unless otherwise noted. Download the 2019 Catalog.

Frequently Asked Questions
• Who may attend?
Continuing education programs are open to any community professional including, but not limited to, Social Workers, Counselors, Nurses, Funeral Directors, School Staff, Church Leaders.

• What credits are available?
Most programs have been approved by the Counselor and Social Worker Board through provider number #RCS070701. The Nursing Board accepts continuing education hours approved by any other credentialing agency. Please call 216.524.4673 to see if Funeral Director credits are available for the program.

• What is your late or cancellation policy?
Please arrive on time for all scheduled workshops. If you arrive late to a workshop you will not receive a certificate. Partial credit will not be given. In order to receive a CEU certificate you must be present for the entire workshop. Refunds are available if you cancel in advance of 48 hours prior to the program. Please note that any program with less than 4 people registered will be cancelled 48 hours prior to the program date. All participants who have signed up will be notified by phone, and will be issued a refund.

• What payment types are accepted?
Pre-payment is required in advance for all programs. You may pay via credit card during online registration.

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Upon registering and payment for CEU programs, registrants will receive an email verifying submission and registration.

Cornerstone of Hope Bereavement Training Institute 2019 Courses:
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Evening Education Series | These evening programs allow you to learn new techniques to improve your everyday practice.

Introduction to Crisis Management | March 18, 2019
Time: 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Presenter: Pete Bliss, Th.D., D.Min.
Cost: $60, Includes dinner
CEU: 3 CEU for Social Workers, Counselors and Nurses. Continuing Education hours for Funeral Directors pending.
Description: We’ll explore crisis definition, terminology, theory and management models. You will also receive an exhaustive resource list for further crisis management training.

The Impact of Grief on Mental Health and Addiction Recovery | April 9, 2019
Time: 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Presenter: Julia Ellifritt, LISW-S
Cost: $20
CEU: 1 CEU for Social Workers, Counselors and Nurses. Continuing Education hours for Funeral Directors pending.
Description: Explore the culture of addiction with treatment interventions for persons diagnosed with a chemical dependency who are also grieving, and how to deal with set-backs in addiction treatment that may come as a result of grief.

Disenfranchised Grief | May 7, 2019
Time: 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Presenter: Julia Ellifritt, LISW-S
Cost: $20
CEU: 1 CEU for Social Workers, Counselors and Nurses. Continuing Education hours for Funeral Directors pending.
Description: Some losses are unthinkable, and by extension, difficult to grieve, as they are socially negated. This program will look at disenfranchised traumatic losses and clinical interventions to assist those clients.

The Power of Forgiveness | June 3, 2019
Time: 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Presenter: Pete Bliss, Th.D., D.Min.
Cost: $60, Includes dinner
CEU: 3 CEU for Social Workers, Counselors and Nurses. Continuing Education hours for Funeral Directors pending.
Description: The ability to move beyond pain of the past is critical in grief, recovery, or spiritual growth processes. Once you understand the benefits of, and challenges to, forgiveness, you will be equipped with techniques that you can use immediately.

Patriot Grief: Understanding Military Loss | July 30, 2019
Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Presenter: Rebecca Laracuente MSW, LISW-S, LICDC
Cost: $40, Includes dinner
CEU: 2 CEU for Social Workers, Counselors and Nurses. Continuing Education hours for Funeral Directors pending.
Description: Program will look at the specific needs of soldiers returning from combat, how to assess for and treat PTSD, and reduce the potential for suicide once home.

Transcending Gender Stereotypes in Grief | August 20, 2019
Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Presenter: Julia Ellifritt, LISW-S
Cost: $40, Includes dinner
CEU: 2 CEU for Social Workers, Counselors and Nurses. Continuing Education hours for Funeral Directors pending.
Description: Instead of looking at how men and women grieve differently, this model will examine intuitive and instrumental patterns of grief. Program includes therapeutic interventions that are effective with each type of griever.

The Science of Gratitude | September 9, 2019
Time: 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Presenter: Pete Bliss, Th.D., D.Min.
Cost: $60, Includes dinner
CEU: 3 CEU for Social Workers, Counselors and Nurses. Continuing Education hours for Funeral Directors pending.
Description: What exactly is gratitude? What are its psychological roots and components? What are its moral functions and spiritual uses? What is the relationship between gratitude and overall emotional health? Gain the latest insights on this largely overlooked aspect of healing and wellness.

It’s OK to Not Be OK | November 4, 2019
Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Presenter: Julia Ellifritt, LISW-S
Cost: $40, Includes dinner
CEU: 2 CEU for Social Workers, Counselors and Nurses. Continuing Education hours for Funeral Directors pending.
Description: Sometimes feeling “not ok,” is ok. Bereaved often want to rush through painful experiences and memories, but sometimes it’s ok to sit with them before moving towards healing.

After a Suicide Attempt | November 11, 2019
Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Presenter: Pete Bliss, Th.D., D.Min.
Cost: $40, Includes dinner
CEU: 2 CEU for Social Workers, Counselors and Nurses. Continuing Education hours for Funeral Directors pending.
Description: Researchers estimate that for every suicide, there are at least 25 attempts. Healing following an attempt can extend beyond hospitalization, and involves support from professionals, as well as friends & family.

Opioid & Suicide; Seniors & Suicide | November 18, 2019
Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Presenter: Pete Bliss, Th.D., D.Min.
Cost: $40, Includes dinner
CEU: 2 CEU for Social Workers, Counselors and Nurses. Continuing Education hours for Funeral Directors pending.
Description: Ohio is a leader in overdose deaths & suicides that leave countless survivors. Seniors with feelings of hopelessness and thoughts of suicide are not a normal part of aging. Explore signs, strategies and discuss the “Four D’s of Suicide Risk in Older Adults.”

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Bereavement Symposium | Frequency of suicide, self-injury and violence in school settings requires preventative and response policies and procedures for the safety and protection of faculty and students. This program will provide first-responders–specifically, school counselors, psychologists, social workers, teachers, administrators, and pastors–on assessing risk. Guidelines will be presented on how to respond to these crises in a practical and proactive manner that minimizes risk and/or impact on the community.

Suicide, Self-Injury, and Violence in the Schools | Friday, October 4, 2019
Time: 8:00am - 4:30pm
Location: TBD
Presenter: Dr. Jerry Juhnke
Cost: $120
CEU: 6 CEU for Social Workers, Counselors, Nurses and Funeral Directors

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Credential Renewal Programs | These count toward your supervision, boundary and cultural requirements for credentials.

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Upon registering and payment for CEU programs, registrants will receive an email verifying submission and registration.

When Empathy and Boundaries Collide | February 28, 2019
Time: 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Presenter: Ty Morgan, LSW
Cost: $60, Includes dinner
CEU: 3 CEU for Social Workers, Counselors and Nurses. Continuing Education hours for Funeral Directors pending.
Description: Having healthy professional boundaries is essential, with the lack of boundaries being one of the most common reasons licenses are revoked. We will discuss appropriate amounts of self-disclosure, boundary crossings, boundary violations and areas of risk.

Cultural Competence | June 10, 2019
Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Presenter: Julia Ellifritt, LISW-S
Cost: $60, Includes dinner
CEU: 3 CEU for Social Workers, Counselors and Nurses. Continuing Education hours for Funeral Directors pending.
Description: Most clinicians work with ever increasingly diverse people, both clients and colleagues. Be on the path to engage in the continual exploration of knowledge, skills and values that will help assume quality of care for persons of all cultures. Explore the ethics of building a culturally competent practice in the clinical setting.

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School Crisis Team Training | Schools have their own crisis plan, however, the challenge is having enough trained staff to meet the need when there is a sudden loss. Designed for private and public schools who intend on developing a team within your district, or in combination with other schools/districts.

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Upon registering and payment for CEU programs, registrants will receive an email verifying submission and registration.

February 26, March 4, & March 13, 2019 –Participants must attend all three days
Time: 8:30am - 3:30pm
Presenter: Laura Serazin, LPC, ATR
Cost: $360, Includes breakfast and lunch each day
CEU: 18 CEU for Social Workers, Counselors and Nurses.

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Theology of Grief | The journey of grief is one of pain and illumination. God invites us to position ourselves on the journey to receive divine awareness and inspiration. Explore God’s promises found in the Holy Scripture. We journey into the profound mysteries in the Theology of Grief. Program includes light refreshments. You do not have to attend all, just the dates you are able.

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Upon registering and payment for CEU programs, registrants will receive an email verifying submission and registration.

Time: 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Presenter: Ty Morgan, LSW
Cost: $20 per session
CEU: 1.5 CEU for Social Workers, Counselors & Nurses.
February 7, 2019
March 14, 2019 • April 11, 2019
May 9, 2019 • September 5, 2019
October 10, 2019 • November 7, 2019
December 12, 2019


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Half-Day Programs | Joining us for these half-day programs will allow for an in-depth discussion of the featured topic. Program includes breakfast.

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Upon registering and payment for CEU programs, registrants will receive an email verifying submission and registration.

Loving the “Unlovable” | April 17, 2019
Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm
Presenter: Linda Anderson-Gaines, PCC-S
Cost: $60
CEU: 3 CEU for Social Workers, Counselors and Nurses. Continuing Education hours for Funeral Directors pending.
Description: When cultural, moral, or ethical differences arise, the potential for conflict should shift to ways to effectively care for our clients while remaining true to ourselves.

Serving the Suffering | July 17, 2019
Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm
Presenter: Linda Anderson-Gaines, PCC-S
Cost: $60
CEU: 3 CEU for Social Workers, Counselors and Nurses. Continuing Education hours for Funeral Directors pending.
Description: A practical discussion of interventions designed to help clients cope in the midst of other inflicted, as well as, self-inflicted pain and suffering.

Myers/Briggs Workshop | September 25, 2019
Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm
Presenter: Laurie Malone
Cost: $60
CEU: 3 CEU for Social Workers, Counselors and Nurses. Continuing Education hours for Funeral Directors pending.
Description: The Myers–Briggs Type Indicator is an introspective self-report questionnaire with the purpose of indicating differing psychological preferences in how people perceive the world around them and make decisions.

The Cornerstone of Hope | October 16, 2019
Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm
Presenter: Linda Anderson-Gaines, PCC-S
Cost: $60
CEU: 3 CEU for Social Workers, Counselors and Nurses. Continuing Education hours for Funeral Directors pending.
Description: Instilling hope into “the lost and the least” in the midst of seemingly hopeless situations. An in-depth look at the practice of counseling from a Biblically based, Christian perspective.

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Children’s Grief Awareness Day | In honor of National Children’s Grief Awareness Day, Cornerstone of Hope is hosting its annual educational program for anyone who works with grieving children. Teachers, counselors, social workers, clergy, funeral directors, hospice personnel– all are welcome! This program will consist of new clinical interventions for grieving children and teens, as well as an experiential activity! Program includes refreshments.

November 21, 2019
Time: 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Cost: FREE
CEU: 1 CEU for Social Workers, Counselors and Nurses. Continuing Education hours for Funeral Directors pending.

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Grief Group Facilitation Training | Bereavement Group Facilitator Training is open to any professional interested in learning more about grief and loss, and how to help others. This course is designed to be educational and interactive, with opportunities to explore personal loss histories, and is facilitated by licensed professionals. Group dynamics will be learned through sharing & interacting with other group members. This training is a requirement for anyone who is interested in leading groups for Cornerstone of Hope.
Program includes breakfast and lunch.

August 24, 2019
Time: 8:30am - 3:30pm
Presenter: Amy Mitchell, LSW
Cost: $175
CEU: 6 CEU for Social Workers, Counselors and Nurses.

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Advanced Grief Group Facilitation Skills | Series builds on what is taught at Cornerstone’s Group Facilitator Training. You must have completed that training in order to participate.

Advanced Facilitation Skills
Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Cost: $40 per session
CEU: 2 CEU for Social Workers, Counselors and Nurses. Continuing Education hours for Funeral Directors pending.

March 19, 2019 • June 18, 2019
August 13, 2019 • December 10, 2019

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Busch Funeral & Crematory Services Partner Programs | Offered as a partnership between Cornerstone of Hope, Busch Funeral & Crematory Services & Crossroads Hospice Charitable Foundation.

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Upon registering and payment for CEU programs, registrants will receive an email verifying submission and registration.

Grief After a Sudden Loss | April 3, 2019
Time: 8:00am - 11:30am
Cost: FREE, includes breakfast
CEU: 3 CEU for Social Workers, Counselors and Nurses. Continuing Education hours for Funeral Directors pending.
Location: Busch Funeral & Crematory Services: 7501 Ridge Road, Parma
Description: Webinar program, featuring Dr. Ken Doka, grapples with the intense and complicated reactions surrounding sudden deaths associated with accidents, suicide, homicide, and medical.

Attachment Theory & Support | June 19, 2019
Time: 11:30am - 3:00pm
Cost: FREE, includes lunch
CEU: 3 CEU for Social Workers, Counselors and Nurses. Continuing Education hours for Funeral Directors pending.
Location: Cornerstone of Hope: 5905 Brecksville Road, Independence
Description: Webinar program, featuring Dr. Ken Doka, focuses on attachment-informed grief therapy with why individuals grieve and how to help. Explore the ways attachment styles mediate mourning and influence the therapeutic process.

Jealousy, Guilt & Shame in Bereavement | October 23, 2019
Time: 8:00am - 10:30am
Cost: FREE, includes breakfast
CEU: 2 CEU for Social Workers, Counselors and Nurses. Continuing Education hours for Funeral Directors pending.
Location: Busch Funeral & Crematory Services: 7501 Ridge Road, Parma
Description: This webinar program featuring Dr. Ken Doka shows how grieving people may experience surprising and unsettling emotions after a death including jealousy, guilt and shame. It offers interventive strategies to help grieving individuals recognize, validate, and resolve such complicated reactions.






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