Number of weeks: 2
Required books?: Yes
Live video session?: No
Part of a certification or series of courses?: No
We all experience losses in our life: divorce, the loss of a job, the loss of physical ability, relocating from one place to another, traumatic injury, limitations due to age, personal bankruptcy, or business failure. There are other losses, such as the death of a pet, which are particularly difficult for many people. All of these losses confront us with an extraordinary amount of emotional pain.
This course focuses on the kind of losses we all experience. It’s about life, loss, grief, and most importantly: life after loss. This course will help you recognize that the seemingly-bizarre responses to major loss are in reality perfectly normal. You will also learn a puzzling and valuable truth: while grief is an intensely personal experience, working your way through grief effectively is a journey.
Students are required to have a copy of Recovering from Losses in Life, by H. Norman Wright, for this course.
This course is eligible for 1.0 CEU.
Deaths are an especially difficult kind of loss. Constructing the Bridge: Loss and the Mourning After deals specifically with loss through death.
About the Instructor
Annette Arnold-Pflaum is an ordained senior chaplain and is the founder and president of Wisteria Ministries. She has specialized in grief support and crisis counseling since the beginning of 2015.
Annette has been a State of Nevada Licensed Minister since 2014. She is also a Certified Lay Minister in the United Methodist Church and holds a certificate in Congregational Leadership.
A retired nurse, Annette holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology/family studies and associate degrees in education and para-medicine. She is a graduate of the Chaplaincy Nevada Theology Academy, where she is now an instructor, and has completed their advanced Clinical Pastoral Training.
Annette is honored to be co-leader of the Nevada State Chaplains Task Force: Crisis and Critical Response Team, which assists first responders, state officials, government entities and agencies, and Nevada citizens in times of disasters or other crises. Annette was part of the team that was on hand to assist after the 1 October Shooting in Las Vegas in 2017.
Having been a student herself with BeADisciple, Annette understands the benefits and joys of online education, and is excited to share those benefits with others!