SOUTHLAKE, TX — Two Hearts Pet Loss Center has announced the dates for the 2017 Pet Loss & Grief Companioning Certification courses. The three-day courses will be held on August 8 – 10, 2017, in Tampa, FL, and September 28 – 20, 2017, in Indian Wells, CA.
Feedback continues to be exciting and amazing from past course attendees. It’s a unique opportunity for caregivers who specialize in pet death care to gather, learn, and share their experiences as they cover a range of topics from supporting grieving pet parents to how pet loss services can be most effectively marketed in their communities. “Ironically, and perhaps the most telling confirmation of how powerful this course is, are the comments from attendees that convey the healing they personally received in acknowledging their own losses”, the course facilitator Coleen Ellis notes.
Kathy Cooney, DVM states “Just when you think you’ve got it down, this course advances your skills ten-fold! It’s always the right time to learn more about companioning.” Jodi Clock with Clock’s Timeless Pets added “This class enables you to build a stronger bond with the pet parents. As each family’s relationship with their pet is so different, it provides you with a full set of tools to help families as they walk this journey.”
In particular, the course will cover the following topics:
- Understanding Pet Loss Companioning
- Understanding Anticipatory Grief
- The Six Central Needs of Mourning
- The Importance of Rituals
- The Benefits of a Pet Loss Support Group
- Children and Grief: Pets and Grief
- Compassion Fatigue and Self-Care
- Ending the session will be a moving tribute to honor the pets of the attendees
Coleen Ellis is president of Two Hearts Pet Loss Center. Ellis also is co-chair of the PLPA, and co-founder of The Pet Loss Center. She is a frequent speaker on pet loss issues and has contributed articles and participated in interviews with ICCFA Magazine, Pet Loss Insider and ConnectingDirectors.com. She was awarded the first Death and Grief Studies Certification specializing in Pet Loss Companioning by the Center for Loss in Fort Collins, Colorado. Coleen authored the book Pet Parents: A Journey Through Unconditional Love and Grief, which was released in 2011.
The course meets the requirements for 15 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB/RACE approval; however, participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery of continuing education.
Members of the International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care and the Pet Loss Professionals Alliance will receive registration discounts. For more information and to register, visit TwoHeartsPetLosCenter.com or call 317.966.0096.