CEU Opportunities

About Cornerstone’s Education Programs

For the last 18 years, Cornerstone of Hope has provided 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. Please browse our offerings, and then register for these upcoming programs using any of the register now buttons below. Programs are held at Cornerstone of Hope, located at 5905 Brecksville Road, Independence, Ohio 44131, unless otherwise noted. Click here to join our monthly email list so you can stay up to date with our announcements, upcoming trainings and reminders.


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, AND 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 canceled 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.

Upon registering and payment for CEU programs, registrants will receive an email verifying submission and registration.  If you do not receive an email, your registration is not complete.


Cornerstone of Hope Bereavement Training Institute 2021 Courses

Busch Funeral & Crematory Services Partner Programs

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

Upcoming 2021 Programs

Children’s Grief Awareness Day Workshop

In honor of Children’s Grief Awareness Day, Cornerstone of Hope is hosting its annual education program for anyone who works with grieving children. This program will consist of new clinical interventions based on products purchased at your local dollar store. Come have fun with us, satisfy your sweet tooth, and leave with new interventions for your work with grieving children and adults.

Thursday, November 18, 2021
3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Held at Cornerstone of Hope
5905 Brecksville Road, Independence

Cost – Free (Registration Required)
CEUs – 1 CEU for Social Workers, Counselors, and Nurses

Hot chocolate bar will be provided!

Register Here
Register by Monday, November 15.

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Previous 2021 Programs


Anticipatory Grief During A Time Of Covid – FREE Summer Program

The concept of anticipatory grief changed with the introduction of the pandemic last year. COVID changed our ability to grieve ahead of time, to say goodbye to loved ones who were dying in hospitals and facilities, and to have funerals. This has all impacted the bereavement journey for grievers. Join us as we explore those differences, and where we go from here.

Wednesday, June 23, 2021
Breakfast & Registration – 8:30 a.m.
Program – 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Held at Busch Funeral & Crematory Service
7501 Ridge Road, Parma, 44129

Presenter – Julia Ellifritt, LISW-S Cornerstone of Hope Executive Director
CEUs – 2 CEUs for Social Workers, Counselors, Nurses and Funeral Directors


Living With Grief During COVID, While Safeguarding Your Own Mental Health & Well Being – An Expert Panel Discussion

Through an expert panel discussion and live and recorded interviews, this program will help professionals effectively respond to the onslaught of pandemic-related grief and bereavement needs in their communities and equip them with tools to support counseling, treatment, stabilization, and post traumatic growth.
It will address ways to empower professionals to employ self-care techniques and suggest ways that employers can help. Recognition of the grief and bereavement challenges the pandemic has posed will also enable professionals to better support those who need help with their grief, reflect upon and safeguard their own mental health and wellbeing, and identify opportunities for improvement in grief support.

Wednesday, August 25, 2021
Breakfast & Registration – 8:00 a.m.
Program – 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Held at Busch Funeral & Crematory Service
7501 Ridge Road, Parma, 44129

Presenter – Ken Doka, PhD, Mdiv, HFA Senior Bereavement Consultant
CEUs – 2 CEUs for Social Workers, Counselors, Nurses and Funeral Directors

Expert Panelists
  • Ken Doka, PhD, MDiv, HFA Senior Bereavement Consultant & 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Death Education & Counseling
  • Katherine Supiano, PhD, LCSW, F-GSA, FT, APHSW-C, Associate Professor in the College of Nursing & Director of Caring Connections: A Hope and Comfort in Grief Program at the University of Utah College of Nursing
  • Rev. Beverly Wallace, Mdiv, PhD, Associate Professor of Congregational and Community Care at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN, Marriage & Family Therapist, Co-Author, African American Grief
  • Moderator – Frank Sesno, George Washington University


Understanding Diversity and Microaggressions as it Pertains to Funeral Delivery

In our ever changing culture, practitioners must become proficient in many areas of difference. This program will look at points of diversity, including microaggressions, and how practitioners can navigate the changing landscape to have successful outcomes in their organizations.

Wednesday, October 27, 2021
Breakfast & Registration – 8:00 a.m.
Program – 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Held at Busch Funeral & Crematory Service
7501 Ridge Road, Parma, 44129

Presenter – Julia Ellifritt, LISW-S,  Cornerstone of Hope Executive Director

Cost – Free (Registration Required)
CEUs – 2 CEUs for Social Workers, Counselors, Nurses and Funeral Directors


Grief Group Facilitation Training

Cornerstone of Hope’s Grief Group Facilitation Training provides the necessary knowledge and skills that will allow you to conduct grief support groups at Cornerstone of Hope, as a member of our PRN Staff. Grief Group Facilitation Training is open to licensed professionals interested in facilitating support groups at Cornerstone of Hope. This course is designed to be educational and interactive, with opportunities to explore personal loss histories, and is facilitated by licensed professionals. Training is offered two times per year and CEU’s are available. Attendees must attend all 3 training sessions.

Spring 2021 Training
March 16, 17, and 23 from 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. each evening, dinner is provided

Fall 2021 Training
August 31, September 1, and September 7 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. each evening, dinner is provided


School Crisis 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. This training is designed for private and public schools who intend on developing a team within your district, or in combination with other schools or districts. This training is also in partnership with ESC of Northeast Ohio.

Training Dates

November 17 & December 1, 2021 from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Attendees must attend both training sessions.

Held at Cornerstone of Hope
5905 Brecksville Road, Independence

Presenter: Julia Ellifritt, LISW-S, Cornerstone of Hope Executive Director

Cost: $275 | Breakfast, lunch and all materials will be provided.

CEUs: 12 CEUs for Social Workers, Counselors and Nurses

Register Here
Register by Friday, November 12, 2021.

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Evening Education Series

These evening programs allow you to learn new techniques to improve your everyday practice.

Please check back soon for 2022 continuing education opportunities.


Half-Day Programs

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

Please check back soon for 2022 dates.