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COURSE TWELVE – Grief, Bereavement and Mourning

COURSE TWELVE - Grief, Bereavement and Mourning

Course Coordinator and Leader: Eddy Pakes, MD, FRCP

Thursdays, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm: May 9, 16, 23, 30, June 6, 13, 2024. (6 sessions)

Fee: $360

Deadline for registration is May 2, 2024.
Preregistration is required.

** DISTANCE PARTICIPATION ONLY – This course will be conducted online.

In these seminars, Eddy Pakes, MD, FRCP will present his experiences of working clinically with bereaved people, of all ages, bereaved in many different contexts. He will focus on the importance of the early years and how this impacts a person’s ability to enter into a healthy mourning process. He will illustrate the techniques of various methods of working with all bereaved and traumatized individuals and families, including attention to the language of loss and recovery. He will recommend readings that he has found relevant dealing with the area of loss and he will encourage participants to share their ideas and the difficulties they have had working with bereaved people. The seminars will be mainly interactive in style.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  1. Think about the similarities and differences between bereavement and depression. Compare these with the effects of trauma.
  2. Consider the effects of early parental loss on later experiences of bereavement.
  3. Describe some techniques useful for treating people, adult and child, individual and family, who are in bereavement.
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Eddy Pakes, MD, FRCP

Eddy Pakes, MD, FRCP, is a Psychiatrist, Psychoanalyst, Child and Family Psychiatrist, an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, and a specialist in working with the Bereaved. He worked with the Pediatric Hematology and Oncology group at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children, consulting on children with cancers and their families. He formed bereavements groups there for the families of dying children and the staff treating them, as well as on the children’s unit of the Princess Margaret Hospital. He formed an organization, The Bereaved Families of Ontario, which has evolved over time. He then moved to Mt. Sinai Hospital where he started groups for bereaved young spouses, and then the children in these families, involving over 1000 cases in 30 years. Currently, he leads a group of adults who lost a parent in their early years, helping to bring them through stages of grief, anger and mourning to experiencing the joy and laughter of beginning anew.

This event is eligible for Section 1 CME credits (0.5 credits/hour). This event is an accredited group learning activity (section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certificate Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, approved by the Canadian Psychiatric Association (CPA). The specific opinions and content of this event are not necessarily those of the CPA, and are the responsibility of the organizer(s) alone. As per the Royal College standard, each presentation provides a minimum of 25% interactive learning.

Full-time students in universities and colleges, and mental-health trainees are eligible for a 25% reduction in course fees. Proof of 2023/2024 status needs to be provided. Please contact the tps&i directly to register at a discount.

Refunds must be requested in writing two weeks prior to the beginning of a course. A handling fee of $30 will be retained. After these two weeks, fees cannot be returned.

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