Compassionate Bereavement Care – 2017
“(This) course on the understanding of and therapeutic approach to traumatic grief is sorely needed in the context of the pathologizing, get-over-it-and move-on attitude that pervades our culture… It will provide a thorough, systematic, and eminently practical exploration of the phenomenology of and evidence-based approaches to grief trauma that will be invaluable to practicing clinicians at all levels.”
Robert D. Stolorow, PhD
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine
Author, Trauma and Human Existence
“I want to thank you for the past four days…Thank you for putting this training together, for bringing such a group of precious hearts together, for creating and holding the space for such immense opening and transformation to occur.
(The) teaching is outstanding. Dr Joanne Cacciatore is a captivating speaker and clearly has so much inner, outer, all around, intuitive and research based knowledge – the transmission of everything was just so direct and heartfelt. I enjoyed listening to stories and the miracle of how she somehow has every relevant paper filed away in her mind, accessible at a moment’s notice, it was truly awe-inspiring to grasp just how much she knows and contributes and completely lives out this work. I have never experienced instruction that was so balanced between the academic world and the world of the heart, both were woven together so that there was really no division – each complimented and reinforced and built upon the other and made learning – and absorbing – effortless…
I could go on and on and on.. I thought I was broken open before, walking around with a very bare heart and little skin. I now feel as though my heart and nervous system are the ones rolling ahead of me as I go, picking up every nuance and every story of every person I pass, forget skin, forget barriers, and yet I am somehow able to hold it all. I can’t wait to put the tools into practice, I can’t wait to re-read my notes and all the slides and all of the incredible resources you provided. I can’t wait for bibliotherapy. I can’t wait to sit.
Thank you for an incredible experience, life altering without a doubt, world changing.”
Shannon Norberg, Vancouver B.C., Canada
I recommend applying for this 4-day cerification program, which was one of the most impactful and most important professional trainings I have ever received.
-Alex Peavey, Richmond, VA
I would have to say it is the best mental health and addiction training I have gone to in my many years in the field. I would most definitely recommend it.
-Jane Jedwabny This was the best program I’ve ever attended. I learned so much about myself, the importance of truly being present, and other tools to use while walking with this on their journey through grief.
-Jessie Wolf, Social Worker, Mayo Clinic
“(This) is a rare program in our field…implemented for nearly fifteen years and has helped hundreds of families and individuals through traumatic grief. The model has been subjected to a number of experiments and in published papers shown empirically to have dramatic healing validity and reliability. I have personally met and interviewed those (treated with) this program, (including) men and women who have lost children suddenly and through disease, accidents and violence. I was astonished at their ability to discuss with both deep emotion and equanimity their loss, their process through grief, and their gradual reconnection with the flow of their lives.
I served as a lead clinician treating a Cambodian population who survived Pot Pol and were moved from refugee camps in Thailand to the South Bronx. I also worked in the South Bronx when a large portion was burned down in riots and street violence was rampant during the addiction madness of the “crack” epidemic. I know intimately how difficult it is to help traumatized people.
As a seasoned clinician, I want (this training) brought forward as a “best practice” and to see treatment professionals educated and using it as a primary intervention. I can share with you my unequivocal recommendation of the Compassionate Bereavement Care Certification.”
Paul Wyant Kahn, LCSW, DCSW
Certified Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist
The Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis of New Jersey
“It’s hard to articulate how this training impacted me. Having already done this work for a while, I recognize I have only barely scratched the surface of how deep is the well. I’ve learned so much about turning toward my own pain, turning toward someone else’s pain and seeing how deep we can truly go–humans joining together in pain, in life, in love, in beauty. I’ve learned so much about being with someone else in the places no one else wants to see.”
Karla Helbert, LPC
“I found this course to be of exceptional value to enhance my practice as a family physician who provides care for those who have experienced traumatic grief. The course provides students with the basics of understanding trauma. But, what sets the Compassionate Bereavement Care Certification apart from other courses is that it invites practitioners to make a shift toward being more human in practice through a rich curriculum that includes lectures, actual/simulated patient encounters, role play and selected video showings. I have found more satisfaction in my work through making this shift in practice.”
Lynn Farrales MD MSc CCFP, University of British Columbia, Department of Family Practice
This program is the best traumatic grief training out there. Dr. Cacciatore… teaches with passion, love, conviction, and with power. Dr. Cacciatore’s commanding, yet humble and accesible presence allows all who attend to be honest, authentic, and fully present with the painful truth of traumatic death, grief, death, and dying. The 4 days were amazing! I made memories and had experiences that have changed me, inspired me, and will be fuel for my soul as I venture down the rabbit hole of the tragically beautiful world of “full presence” which this sacred work demands.
-Jared Rowland, MC, NCC, LAC
More praise for our training…
“I found myself wanting to burst from my seat and shout “hallelujah!”… and I saw the epitome of the therapist I want to become… thank you for this deeply moving and invigorating opportunity!”
“This class is priceless to my personal and professional growth.”
“This experience (I can’t bring myself to write training or course) was a portal into a world of sorrow, compassion, pain, and the deepest of love…Immersed in the Compassionate Bereavement Care world for four days, in all of the stories and images and feelings, I came back to myself, at once dropping down and rising up. Thank you for this gift, which I will carry forever.”
“These teachings have brought me back back alive… I cannot convey how thankful I am! I feel as if I can finally feel the air, sun, wind, and water.”
“I took this course in Sedona, AZ, January 2015. Every single piece of information that I was given, all of it, has helped me with my practice, and in my personal life. This opens a window to the great suffering people endure, and offers the greatest tool you are given to help this suffering: learning how to witness the truth of trauma, without adding to it. Smartest course I’ve ever taken!”
“I’m still reeling….what an incredible heart-opening, mind-expanding, soul-enriching, drop-you-to-your-knees experience. I will never be the same…ruined in the most amazing way!”
“Fabulous Intensive Program! Dr. Cacciatore is an extraordinary woman, doctor, healer Extraordinaire! You can’t go wrong by attending this healing program. Transformative.”
“In my 36 years of intensive care nurse training, this was by far the most amazing, educational, interesting and human course I’ve taken. Thank you!”
“You have provided me with a “Open heart tool box for grief ” 1) being present, 2) no judgment, 3) beautiful experiences and research to support all of it.”
“Deep professional growth, astonishing personal growth, after this certification, one thing is sure: I’m a changed therapist and a changed person.”
“This course is a game changer, a life changer. I thought I’d be getting an education on becoming a better nurse but I came out of it a changed human being. I cannot possibly express in words how profound this experience has been for me. Thank you is not enough.”
“There are no words to express how changed I am because of the MISS Compassionate Bereavement Care certification program. I am truly blessed to have been a part of this sacred learning.”
“I walked in uncertain what to expect… and I can say without a moment of hesitation that I am leaving as a disciple of green mental health, empathy without expiration, and LOVE… thank you!”
“This class changed me. It was EXACTLY what I needed and I didn’t even know how much I needed it.”
“Amazing… Words cannot explain the enormity of what this training has done for us all. Forever grateful!”
“This was the best experience of all the courses I had – hands down! …amazing and inspirational! Thank you for helping me become more knowledgable, comfortable, and open hearted about grief and death.”
“Course is ABSOLUTELY, AMAZING.“
“I never expected to come out of this class with both a renewed sense of appreciation for life and also one for death, grief, and the beauty and pain which are so entangled within it all. I feel incredibly privileged to have shared these experiences.”
“This course has forever changed my life… I plan to live my life to the fullest and accept the pain of grief. What a true inspiration, thank you!”
“I cannot express how amazing this workshop was for me… I thought I knew what to expect but it blew me away. I feel I have a totally different perspective on a number of things in my life. I have had several interesting conversations with friends and family through this process. I have started a few emails to you and just can’t seem to find the words to describe my feelings from the course. I guess that best thing to say is “thank you” for these teachings.”
“I’ve been doing trauma/crisis work for two decades… this training has been the most valuable for me personally and professionally.”
“There is no way for me to express what this course has given me and thus what I will be able to give to my clients. I learned more in a few days than I did in my entire graduate education.”
“I can not put into words how privileged I felt to be a part of this training… I can say without a doubt that this course has changed my life, and made me realize that it is okay to love to the fullest extent and grieve with no regard for criticism and how best to be a compassionate helper to others. This will stay with me, and I know it will make me a better social worker and person.”