… relational psychotherapy is realising that transference and countertransference are not two things but only one thing, the two sides of a process of mutual entrainment.

— Nick Totton

Grief Skills Training


Grief is one of the top 3 reasons that people come to therapy. In grad school, many therapists did not have a separate course on how to address grief with our clients. Yet, unresolved grief from significant losses (not exclusive to the death of a loved one) is often underlying the depressive and anxiety symptoms that lead clients to our offices.

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Grief Skills Training: 

Going beyond the 5 stages to
increase your confidence in addressing grief with your clients.

A Somatically Safe Event

We need more than the 5 stages to help our clients with their complicated grief from multiple losses, disenfranchised grief and inadequate support. 

This calls for a re-examination of how we define loss and recognize grief.   We return to or modify important mourning rituals, listening for the guilt and blame of unfinished business, and supporting our clients while we are experiencing our own grief and signs of burnout. 

Certain key factors impact our grieving. We will be discussing how to take these into consideration when working with clients impacted by loss. Anticipatory grief and disenfranchised grieving experiences complicate this process. 

This workshop will also teach you to recognize the 7 areas of our clients’ lives that are impacted by grief: Cognitive, Physical, Emotional, Spiritual, Social, Family, and Work.

And we will be differentiating between symptoms of grief and trauma, and look at how traumatic grief can complicate grief.  Once you know how grief can specifically show up in your clients, you can begin to name and normalize this experience for them.

Come join us to help our clients and ourselves to regain our footing in this surreal world of pandemic loss.

At the end of the workshop participants will be able to:

  1. Identify at least 5 symptoms that indicate unresolved grief
  2. Identify at least 4 models of grief counseling theory
  3. Identify at least 3 ways to address grief directly with clients in the office
  4. Identify 5 questions to use in session with a grief client;
  5. Identify strategies for dealing with clients’ holiday and anniversary reactions.


Continuing Education

Purchase CE Certificate

Continuing Education Units are available for this training. There is a $20 charge for each CE certificate. Certificates are issued after the evaluation is submitted and must be purchased within 30 days of the event.

Psychologists: The Insight Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Insight Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course is provides 4 CE units.

MFTs / LCSWs: MFTs / LCSWs / Professional Counselors: The California Board of Behavioral Sciences now accepts APA CEs.
This course provides 4 CE units.

Debi Jenkins Frankle LMFT is an expert in the field of grief. Debi has been working with clients suffering from lifetimes of loss for over 25 years. She and husband, Mark Frankle LMFT, are the co-founders of the Calabasas Counseling and Grief Recovery Center.

Debi is also the founder of Private Practice Grief Workshops and Trainings for Mental Health Professionals as well as the FB group for clinicians: Private Practice Grief.  She is an adjunct professor at The Graduate School of Education and Psychology at Pepperdine University.

Debi’s areas of expertise are grief, trauma, medical family therapy, and emotional effects of chronic illness. Debi has led trainings for grief counseling professionals throughout the United States and Canada, in addition to presenting for CAMFT (California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists), SFV CAMFT and various organizations throughout Los Angeles. Debi is a past president of San Fernando Valley chapter of CAMFT, past committee co-chair of the Crisis Response Network for SFV CAMFT and a member of the Association for Death Education (ADEC). You can join her Facebook Group Private Practice Grief at http://bit.ly/PrivatePracticeGrief  and find more information at https://www.privatepracticegrief.com/