Grief Trainings

For Social Workers, LMHC Professionals, and Community Members

Fundamentals of Grief: Helping Individuals Navigate Their Grief Journey

A 6 CE hours, in-person workshop for social service professionals and members of the community

Next Date TBA

Workshop cost with 6 CE hours: $175

Workshop cost without CE hours: $129

Registration is required


Workshop facilitated by Maureen Walsh, NP, FT and Erin Hourahan, LICSW

"The Fundamentals of Grief Training was not only interesting and informative but provided much needed answers to questions such as how to explain death to children. It was clear from the outset that the presenters Maureen and Erin were not only very knowledgeable but also very caring and warm individuals. Also appreciated, were the wonderful book recommendations each provided." ~Madeleine F.

“Fundamentals of Grief Training provided a platform where education and expertise are met with compassion and commonality. Families at Friends of Aine will truly benefit from the guidance provided. Thank you for the opportunity to be part of this extraordinary experience." ~Mandi S., Good Grief Program Coordinator

Certificates of completion will be administered upon completion of course evaluation. This is an in person workshop. Registration deadline 5/17/23. Cancellations made before 5/15/23 will be fully refunded.
No refunds after 5/15/23. Workshop requires at least 8 participants. For more information contact us 781-585-4221 ext.3 or at

Every person will experience grief and loss – a normal yet profound sense of final separation from something or someone important. While there are similarities in how individuals work through and experience loss, grief is a complicated and truly unique experience that requires helpers to be sensitive to the needs and experiences of those they are supporting. This workshop is designed to give helpers an increased awareness of the dynamics of grief, and to provide tools and strategies to best support someone who is grieving.

Course Overview

Through presentation, case study exercises, personal reflection, and group discussion, this workshop will cover Disenfranchised Grief, Grief Theories, Chaos of Grief, Children & Grief, Grief vs. Major Depressive Disorder, What Grievers Need, Grief Over Time, Tools and Strategies and more.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this training you should be able to:

  • Explain the characteristics of grief
  • Define the difference between grief and mourning
  • Define the differences between grief theories
  • Identifying differential diagnosis through the DSM-V-TR
  • Describe how secondary loss impacts an individual
  • Describe the current concepts of aiding a child through grief
  • Recognize when outside help is needed

Training Schedule


8:45AM-9:00AM Registration

9AM-11:15AM Understanding Grief and Its impact on Our Lives

11:15AM-11:30AM Break

11:30AM-12:30PM Activity: Grief Over Time

12:30PM-1:00PM Lunch

1:00PM-2:15PM Differential Diagnosing

2:15PM-2:30PM Break

2:30PM-3:45PM What Works/What Doesn’t

3:45PM-4:00PM Helpful Resources
4:00PM Evaluations & Certificates

Maureen F. Walsh is a psychiatric nurse practitioner, grief therapist and educator. Maureen is certified as a Fellow in Thanatology by the Association for Death, Education and Counseling (ADEC). While working as a school nurse/health teacher Maureen started the school bereavement program and coordinated it for 14 years. She developed Lessons of Life and Loss, a grade 1-8 school bereavement program, which she has presented to faculties of various schools on the South Shore. Maureen began her own grief practice, Grief Weavers LLC in 2007 in which she sees private patients and speaks at schools and community organizations about grief issues. In 2017, Maureen moved Grief Weavers to Hope Floats Healing and Wellness Center where she continues her private practice as well as facilitates the Sibling Loss Support Group, assists in Mike’s Club and is part of the H.E.A.R.T program. (Hope Floats Education and Awareness Response Team).

Erin Hourahan, MSW, LICSW has over 15 years experience working with individuals, families and groups in a clinical setting. In 2016, she began her private practice at Hope Floats Healing & Wellness. Through her skills training and psycho-educational expertise, Erin provides trainings and support services to facilitators, educators and like-minded professionals.

Our goal is to raise awareness about grief through education and community outreach. This encompasses trainings, workshops and presentations for professionals, educators, and members of the community. This intermediate level training is intended for providers who support clients with grief and loss.

This program has been approved for 6 Category I MaMHCA hours for re-licensure, in accordance with 262 CMR. Fundamentals of Grief: Helping Individuals Navigate Their Grief Journey, #4538, is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program to be offered by Hope Floats Healing & Wellness Center as an Individual course.Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE course approval period: 10/20/2022-10/20/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 3 Clinical and 3 Ethics continuing education credits.
Fundamentals of Grief: Helping Individuals Navigate Their Grief Journey has been approved by NBCC for NBCC credit. Hope Floats Healing & Wellness Center is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. NBCC Approval No. SP-4105.

Hope Floats is handicapped accessible. Please contact us at 781-585-4221 for further accommodation needs.

Hope Floats Healing & Wellness Center is a bereavement and educational center for adults, teens, children and their families who are grieving, dealing with illness, or facing other life challenges. Our free support services bring hope and healing to those in need. 4 Elm Street, Kingston, MA 02364