Dealing with loss can be debilitating. Prepare to help clients cope with the wide range of losses they experience, including: the loss that accompanies giving up alcohol and other drugs; losses due to mental illness; death of a parent, child, or sibling; ambivalent losses; unspeakable losses; unacknowledged losses; parental abandonment; the end of an addictive or toxic relationship; loss of the peer group; “not making the cut”; loss of dreams; loss caused by COVID-19; complicated grief; loss of employment and betrayal. Additional topics discussed are: the sixth state of grief; helping clients find meaning in loss; fifteen strategies for helping clients cope with loss; traditional and non-traditional approaches to dealing with loss; and the termination phase of counseling as grief work.
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