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Challenges experienced by Social Workers as Grief Leaders: What Social Workers Can Learn from the Life and Service of Captain America


There are five workshops being offered in this Superhero Grief Series. You may choose to take 1, 2, 3, 4 or all 5 workshops in the series. You must register separately for each workshop. Each workshop provides 1.5 Category I Contact Hours. 


Other workshops in the series include:

  • February 25 - Exploring Grief in the Black Community through the Eyes of the Black Panther, Tashel Bordere, PhD - Registration coming soon!

  • Superhero Grief: The Transformative Power of Loss, Jill Harrington-LaMorie, DSW, LCSW - Date TBD

  • Being Your Own Neighborhood Spiderman: Bereavement and Advocacy Efforts, Joyal Muhleron, MS - Date TBD

  • Art-Informed Grief Therapy and How the Flash Could Benefit from Restorative Retelling, Sharon Strouse - Date TBD

Brief summary of the life and service of Captain America:

Focus on the experience with grief and traumatic loss and Captain America’s leadership among peers and community

Highlight principles and practices of grief leadership related to social work practice

Note the importance of “self-care” – including Captain America’s failures in self-care and the consequences.

Bring this self-care message back to social work practice and the recent changes in the NASW code of ethics making self-care a life-long ethical responsibility.

Highlight self-care in the context of a profession that regularly confronts clients’ grief & trauma exposures – resulting in vulnerability to secondary traumatic stress, compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, and shared trauma.

Define self-care as a life-long habit rather than just “fitness or relaxation” activities.


Learning Objectives:

  • Attendees will be able to describe at least three essential elements of grief and traumatic loss management derived from the experiences of Captain America.

  • Attendees will understand the possible effects of client traumatic loss on their own personal/professional well-being. 

  • Attendees will recognize their responsibility for self-care as specified by the NASW Code of Ethics, including personal, professional, and organizational self-care


April 1-June 10, 2022 - NASW VA/Metro DC Professional Certification in Trauma & Resilience Informed Care Training Program Spring 2022

$750 members; $950 nonmember; 37.5 CE hours

Mix of live virtual and on demand – schedule:

Friday, April 1 - live session 1 (11:00 am - 12:00 pm)
Weeks of April 4-15 - on-demand classes 1 and 2
Weeks of April 18-29 - on-demand classes 3 and 4
Wednesday, May 4 - live session 2 (9:00 am - 5:00 pm)
Weeks of May 9-20 - on-demand class 5
Weeks of May 23 - June 3 - on-demand classes 6 and 7
Friday, June 10 - live session 3 (9:00 am - 5:00 pm)
after June 10 - on-demand class 8

Register by March 30 to join live virtual introductory session, register by May 2 to view introductory session recording