For Grief Professionals

Colleagues across the nation are using Grief 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.

Facilitator Training

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

The two-day trainings 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 eight participants, and runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day. Trainings are led by Laura Takacs, LICSW, MPH.
Upcoming trainings are scheduled for:

  • Feb. 8 and 9, 2021 - Training is full
  • Feb. 23 and 24, 2021 - Training is full
  • April 19 and 20, 2021 - Early bird registration: $450 (until March 19, 2021). Later registration: $525 (Virginia Mason team members receive a discounted rate)

  • Oct. 4 and 5, 2021 - Early bird registration: $450 (until Sept. 4, 2021). Later registration: $525 (Virginia Mason team members receive a discounted rate)

Trainings will be conducted either virtually or in-person, or be a combination of the two based on state-wide COVID guidelines. Use our Facilitator Training Request Form to receive more information, or call Grief 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