4G: A Different Kind of Grief: The Client Grief Process from an Overdose or Substance Use-Related Death

Gloria Englund, MA

This presentation will utilize a power point presentation including three video case studies with time for discussion and Q&A. Skills/Knowledge: The stigma and shame of Substance Use Disorder (SUD) that often keeps clients from seeking support after substance use-related deaths.

By the end of the session, learners will be able to:

  • Examine how the interplay of stigma, shame and trauma experienced from SUD before the death of a loved one may become a roadblock to processing the client’s grief
  • Discover why death from SUD is a disenfranchised grief or ambiguous loss
  • Understand why clients who have experienced substance use-related death of a loved one need specific support regarding the intersection of trauma, stigma and shame as it relates to the life and death of their loved one