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Grief Support Services Facilitator Training - Duluth, MN

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Feb 1-2, 2021
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center (Duluth)
Duluth, MN

Registration Details

You can register by sending a CHECK for Group discounts, however if using a CREDIT CARD to register a group of 3
or more (before 1/18/21), you must contact Grief Support Services at 218-786-4402 and they will assist with registration.

Single registrant: $280.00 (before 1/18/21) or $325 (after 1/18/21)
Group registration: $270.00 per person for groups of three or more (before 1/18/21)
Please send your check to St. Mary’s Grief Support Services.
St. Mary’s Medical Center, Grief Support Services SM2E
407 East 3rd Street, Duluth, MN 55805

Registration cancellation will result in a partial refund ($25 processing fee will be charged) if you cancel prior to
January 18, 2021. No refunds will be issued after January 18, 2021, however you may transfer your registration
to another person without charge.



St. Mary’s Grief Support Services

Bereavement Support Group

Facilitator training



Date:         Monday, February 1, 2021 and Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Time:        8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (14 contact hours)

Location:  St. Mary’s Medical Center Auditorium, Duluth, MN



The purpose of the Bereavement Support Group Facilitator Training Program is to train those who will be developing and facilitating bereavement support groups. This comprehensive program is designed to teach participants about the grief and bereavement process, facilitation skills, group process and learn how to develop and organize a support group.


Intended Audience:

This program is intended for social workers, healthcare professionals, chaplains, educators, funeral directors or other individuals seeking to develop a grief support group or those who are currently facilitating one.


Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this program participants will be able to:

  1. Describe behaviors associated with complicated grief.
  2. List at least 10 factors that need to be considered when supporting bereaved adults.
  3. Describe the difference between common child, adolescent and adult grief.
  4. Describe two types of bereavement models.
  5. List at least four qualities needed to be an effective bereavement group facilitator.
  6. Describe what can be done in communities besides/beyond offering bereavement support groups.
  7. Understand strategies for supporting the unique spirituality of each individual group member.
  8. Describe issues/concerns that can arise in facilitating bereavement support groups.
  9. List ways to market and advertise bereavement support groups.
  10. Describe factors that need to be considered regarding facilitator boundaries and self-care.     



Gina Dixon, M.A., L.P. is the Program Manager with St. Mary’s Grief Support Services and has worked as a grief therapist and death educator for more than 24 years. Gina provides life-threatening illness and bereavement counseling with individuals and families and facilities bereavement support groups for children, adolescents, and adults. She gives presentations on grief and loss on local, regional, and national levels. Gina has served on the Board of Directors and as Vice President for the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC), an international organization with more than 2,000 members. Her previous service includes co-chairing ADEC’s Hospital Based Bereavement Program Special Interest Group. She has also been selected to participate as a member of WIT, Women in Thanatology, which is a unique group of women leaders in the field of death, dying and bereavement from across the United States.


Mary McGrath, Marriage and Family Therapist, Emeritus is a Facilitator for Essentia Health Grief Support Services.


Barb Titus, MA, LADC, CSAC is an instructor in the Communication Department at the University of Minnesota Duluth where she teaches Interpersonal Communication, Public Speaking, Professional Communication and Conflict Management. After leaving an Internship at the St. Mary’s Grief Support Center, she continues in a volunteer capacity as the co-facilitator of a monthly Parent Grief Group. Barb also facilitates the weekly University of Minnesota Duluth Student Grief Support Group that she started in 2004.


Jennifer Tucker, MSW, LICSW, Grief Support Bereavement Specialist/Volunteer Coordinator with Essentia Health Grief Support Services.  Jennifer facilitates bereavement support groups for children and adults as well as provides grief support for patients & families in the hospital. She also coordinates the Grief Support Services volunteer program. In addition to her current role, she has over 10 years of prior experience working as a clinical social worker in health care both in Duluth and in the Twin Cities. She has spent a majority of her career working in the hospital setting, including oncology and palliative care, with patients and families facing various illnesses and end of life issues.


Bob Barnes, MA, BCC is a Staff Chaplain at Essentia Health St. Mary’s Medical Center where he works primarily with critical care patients and their families. He has served in parish and hospital ministry for over 40 years. Bob has facilitated a variety of support groups, including chemical dependency, mental health and grief support.


Kari Parsons at 218-786-4402

Schedule & Location


This event includes all of the 2 meeting times below.
Date Time Location
1. Mon, February 01 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center (Duluth)
2. Tue, February 02 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center (Duluth)

Location Details

  • Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center (Duluth)
    407 E 3rd St
    Duluth, MN 55805
    Main: 218-786-4000