For Grief Professionals

Colleagues across the nation are using Separation and Loss Services’ non-proprietary individual and group therapy intervention, called Restorative Retelling. Restorative Retelling is a therapy model that emphasizes resilience, and focuses the bereaved on celebrating the living memory of their loved one.

Two-Day Seattle Conference - Save the Date

Join us for this two-day conference, Restorative Connection with the Deceased, May 17 and 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., in Seattle. The goal of this conference is to highlight the various ways grievers experience a continuing bond or “presence” with their deceased loved one. View conference information.

Conference Dates and Time: Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18, 2019, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Pre-Conference Workshop: Restorative Retelling Facilitation Workshop: Learn the individual and group therapy traumatic grief model. Thursday, May 16, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Horizon House, Seattle, WA
Cost: $300 for the two-day conference; an additional $75 for the pre-conference workshop
CEUs: Application in process
Registration: Registration is now available

Facilitator Training

We currently offer facilitator training on the Restorative Retelling model. This training is open to any professionals who works with trauma/grief survivors, including social workers, psychologists, counselors, first responders, clergy and others and is FREE to Virginia Mason staff members.

The three-day training sessions are usually held in the Seattle area, though organizations across the country can sponsor a session. Each has a minimum of five participants and a maximum of 10 participants, and runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day. Sessions are led by Laura Takacs, LICSW, MPH. Early bird registration on or before July 7: $450. Registration after July 7: $525.
Upcoming training sessions are scheduled for:

March 13 – 15, 2019
Aug. 7 – 9, 2019

Use our Facilitator Training Request Form to receive more information, or call Separation and Loss Services at (206) 223-6398.

Helpful Manuals and Guidelines

We are happy to offer free downloads of helpful guides for grief professionals.

Journal Articles and Clinical Trials

  • Alyssa A. Rheingold, Jenna L. Baddeley, Joah L. Williams, Clara Brown, Megan M. Wallace, Fanny Correa & Edward K. Rynearson (2015) Restorative Retelling for Violent Death: An Investigation of Treatment Effectiveness, Influencing Factors, and Durability, Journal of Loss and Trauma, 20:6, 541-555, DOI: 10.1080/15325024.2014.957602
  • Jenna L. Baddeley, Joah L. Williams, Ted Rynearson, Fanny Correa, Connie Saindon & Alyssa A. Rheingold (2015) Death Thoughts and Images in Treatment-Seekers After Violent Loss, Death Studies, 39:2, 84-91, DOI: 10.1080/07481187.2014.893274
  • Connie Saindon, Alyssa A. Rheingold, Jenna Baddeley, Meghan M. Wallace, Clara Brown & Edward K. Rynearson (2014) Restorative Retelling for Violent Loss: An Open Clinical Trial, Death Studies, 38:4, 251-258, DOI: 10.1080/07481187.2013.783654