Upcoming Programs

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

October 20-21, 2021
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

Now Offered Virtually

Registration is Open

Certified Celebrant Training

October 26-28, 2021
8 CEUs Available (NYS)

NYSFDA is hosting a multi-state Certified Celebrant Training at the NYSFDA headquarters building in Albany. Out instructors will be from the In-Sight Institute.

This training is specifically designed for anyone interested in understanding the process of the funeral service and in learning how to personalize and design meaningful funerals or tributes. A successful celebrant is one who enjoys working with people, has writing and public speaking ability, as well as listening and consulting skills. Our seminars have attracted a wide-variety of participants including: funeral directors; preneed and aftercare specialists; hospice professionals; clergy; chaplains; business people; and students.

Registration is Open

CFDA, MDFA, NJFDA and PFDA Members – please call NYSFDA at 800.291.2629 to register.

What is this Training?
The curriculum to be covered: articulating the value of the funeral; listening skills; family meetings; service planning; music and readings resources; eulogy writing; closing ceremonies; master of ceremonies; presentation skills; and developing the celebrant concept in the community.

NYSFDA, CFDA, MDFA, NJFDA and PFDA Members/Students – $750
Non-members – $950

Cancellation Policy
If you need to cancel your paid registration by:
September 28th – 100% refund
October 5th – 75% refund
October 12th – 50% refund
*After October 13th, no refund will be given.

Suggested Hotels
Hilton Garden Inn – 518.464.6666
Hotel Indigo – 518.869.9100
The Desmond – 518.869.8100
Hampton Inn – 518.438.2822

For more information, contact Kelly Deitz at kelly@nysfda.org or 518.452.8230.

This training has been approved by the NYS Department of Health, Bureau of Funeral Directing for 8 CEUs. Out-of-state participants should check with respective associations for CEU information.

Registration is Open

CFDA, MDFA, NJFDA & PFDA Members – call NYSFDA at 800.291.2629 to register.

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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