Tuesday, September 13, 2016
6:00–9:00 p.m.


Adelphi University
55 Kennedy Drive
Hauppauge, NY 11788

Ruthless Grieving and Codependency

With Susan Powers, Ph.D.

3 CEUs

Susan-PowersThe tools for healthy grieving turn out to be some of the best tools for healthy living. Dr. Powers will discuss her book Ruthless Grieving and her 10 guides to the grief process. She writes and speaks about the need to tap into the fiercest part of self to get through to the other side of loss. 

In addition to being a healing process, grief can be an intervention on our codependency, a severe distortion of relationships which involves “people pleasing” and being overly focused on other people.  “The social aspects of grieving could kill you,” says Dr. Powers. 

We will also focus on the three levels of survivor guilt in grief and how pivotal that is in getting through grieving. Dr. Powers has developed many tools for getting through the stages of grieving and will be discussing and demonstrating them all.  The special problems of grieving loved ones who die from addiction and/or suicide will also be discussed.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will learn observe the overlap between the grieving process, Step 3 and issues of codependency.
  • Participants will learn the twelve steps of grieving and apply this to cultivating leaderless group support.
  • Participants will explore the role of survivor guilt and codependency in the grieving process. 

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This program has been approved for CEU credits by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work. Adelphi University School of Social Work is an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0032.
New York State Office of the Professions (NYSED) regulations require that participants must be present for the entire approved educational activity in order to receive a certificate for continuing education credits. There is no accommodation in the State regulations for late arrival, late return from lunch or breaks, or early departure. At present, there is no procedure for granting partial credit for approved continuing education events. If there are any changes in State regulation, this policy will updated accordingly.  



For further information, please contact:

Renee Rawcliffe, LMSW
Director, Continuing Education and Professional Development
Social Work Building, Room 235
p – 516-877-4339
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Joanna Suppa, LCSW-R
Coordinator of Continuing Education and Professional Development
p – 516.877.3216
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