Workshop on Bereavement and Suicide at Loyola Campus in Columbia

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The workshop by Dr. Diana Sands will take place in April.

From Hospice of the Chesapeake:

The Chesapeake Life Center will host Diana Sands PhD, the internationally known author of “Red Chocolate Elephants: For Children Bereaved by Suicide” who will present a workshop on Friday, April 26th  at the Loyola University of Maryland, Columbia Graduate Center in Columbia, MD.

Counselors, clergy, social workers, teachers and crisis responders can attain continuing education credits for attending the workshop titled  “Suicide Prevention through Postvention: Facilitating Meaning Making and Resilience in the Wake of Trauma”.  Diana Sands is the director of the Bereaved by Suicide Centre for Intense Grief in Sydney, Australia.  For more information on Diana Sands and her work please visit

We are honored to host Dr. Sands and bring her unique experience to the Baltimore/Washington area” said Karen Frank, Director of the Chesapeake Life Center.   “Dr. Sands’ book has provided an incredible tool for counselors working with children and created a platform for discussion of this often disenfranchised experience.”

The workshop is generously underwritten by a grant from the Morgan Beverly Foundation.  The Morgan Beverly Suicide Prevention Foundation, Inc. was formed by the family of Morgan Beverly, who ended her 16-year old life by suicide in January, 2009.  MBF is a community-based organization whose goal is to provide adequate resources to those contemplating or affected by suicide.

Participants can choose a half-day session (8:30 a.m. to noon) for three credits or full day (8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.) for six credits.  Registration is required and begins at 8 a.m. and a light breakfast will be provided.  The cost for the morning session is $45 and $79 for full day. Lunch is not included.  The Columbia Graduate Center is located at 8890 McGaw Rd. in Columbia.

For a complete listing of the support offerings provided by the Chesapeake Life Center and to register for professional continuing education courses visit .  For more information on the Morgan Beverly Foundation, visit

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