Upcoming Programs

Facilitator Training Programs Scheduled for Suicide and Substance Use Bereavement Support Groups

October 26-27, 2022
6 CEUs available (NYS)

As the nationwide suicide and opioid epidemics continued to shatter families in the U.S., need for support groups to help survivors is growing.

To address this need, the NYS Tribute Foundation has developed a training program for individuals to learn how to establish a support group dedicated to those bereaved by suicide or substance use death.

Registration is Open

Participants will build awareness of the impact of suicide and overdose death and learn to conduct a support group for those bereaved by the painful loss of a loved one.

Support group facilitation skills, self-awareness and self-care skills will also be studied.

This training is structured for funeral directors, clergy, mental health professionals and non-clinicians with support group experience.

The course is also appropriate for current support group facilitators who seek to strengthen their skills, stay up-to-date on the latest practices and explore issues experienced during support groups.

Those who have endured loss due to suicide or substance use are also welcome to attend this course if it has been at least two years since their loss.

Instruction will take place at the headquarters of the New York State Funeral Directors Association in Albany, NY.

Conducting the training sessions will be Franklin Cook, MA, CPC; Joanne L. Harpel, MPhil, JD; and John (Jack) JOrdan, PH.D.

Dress is casual. This is an active, participant-driven training and we want you to be comfortable.

This training has been approved by the NYS Department of Health, Bureau of Funeral Directing for 6 CEUs.

Training Agenda:
Day 1: 12:00 – 8:00 p.m. | Lunch and dinner included
Day 2: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Breakfast and lunch included

NYSFDA Headquarters
1 S. Family Drive
Albany, NY

Registration is Open

Nearby Lodging:

Hilton Garden Inn – (518) 464-6666
Hotel Trilogy – (518) 869-9100
Crowne Plaza Albany – The Desmond Hotel – (518) 869-8100

New York State Tribute Foundation is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization. Individual contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
All contributors will be recognized as part of the Tribute Foundation’s donor recognition program.

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