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Releasing the Pain of Grief, Guilt, and Trauma

Postvention Strategies for Healing After the Storm

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David Kessler, MA, RN, FACHE
2 Hours 02 Minutes
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Mar 23, 2024
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After decades of seeing people in the aftermath of profound loss and trauma, I’ve learned there’s a critical distinction between prevention & postvention strategies, and that too often clinicians use prevention strategies when postvention is needed. Not understanding the difference can lead to significant harm and unknowingly increase self-blame, rumination, and more when working with everyone from those who have lost loved ones to abuse survivors. Therapists have minimal, if any, training in postvention strategies that can greatly enhance treatment. You’ll discover: 

  • Uncover the pivotal differences between prevention and postvention language and interventions and when to use both. 
  • Demonstrate four postvention strategies to help clients stuck in rumination, release guilt and shame 
  • Learn postvention meaning-making strategies the shift troubling narratives for clients and help lead to post-traumatic growth 


Planning Committee Disclosure - No relevant relationships

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.


This online program is worth 2.25 hours CPD.


David Kessler, MA, RN, FACHE's Profile

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David Kessler is one of the world’s foremost experts on grief and loss. His experience with thousands of people on the edge of life and death has taught him the secrets to living a happy and fulfilled life, even after life’s tragedies.

He is the author of six books, including his latest bestselling book, Finding Meaning: The Sixth Stage of Grief. He co-authored two books with Elisabeth Kubler Ross, Life Lessons and On Grief and Grieving, updating her 5 stages for grief. He also co-wrote, You Can Heal Your Heart with Louise Hay. He authored Visions Trips and Crowded Rooms: Who and What You See Before You Die. His first book, The Needs of The Dying received praise from Saint (Mother) Teresa.

David’s personal experience as a child witnessing a mass shooting while his mother was dying in a hospital helped him begin his journey. For most of his life, David has taught physicians, nurses, counselors, police, and first responders about the end of life, trauma, and grief. However, despite his vast knowledge of grief, his life was turned upside down by the sudden death of his twenty-one-year-old son.

David’s volunteer work includes being a founding member of Project Angel Food, a well-known and loved non-profit organization. He currently serves on the board of The Farrah Fawcett Foundation which provides cancer research, patient assistance, and prevention efforts. He also serves as Specialist Reserve for the Los Angeles Police as well as having served on the Red Cross’s disaster services team.

He has a new online model of grief support called Tender Hearts with over 25 groups each as well as one of the most respected Grief Certification programs. He is the founder of, which receives millions of visits yearly providing helpful resources to over 167 countries.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: David Kessler is the is the co-founder and President Emeritus of Project Angel Food. He is a published author and receives royalties. David Kessler receives a speaking honorarium and recording and book royalties from Psychotherapy Networker and PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: David Kessler is a board member for the Farrah Fawcett Foundation. He is a team member of the Health Care Executives of Southern California, the Los Angeles Police Department, and the Red Cross.

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  1. Articulate the differences between prevention and postvention. 
  2. Summarize the negative impact guilt may have on the grieving process. 
  3. Utilize four techniques for processing the guilt that comes along with grief. 
  4. Demonstrate how to address a client’s sense of being stuck in grief. 


  • Understanding perceived timeline of grief 
  • How to help clients move from the why to the how 
  • Working with guilt in grief 
  • Prevention vs postvention strategies: Definitions, strategies and when to use which 
  • Limitations of the research and potential risks of any intervention with grief 

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Counsellors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counsellors
  • Social Workers



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