Loss of the Future Story: Exploring Clinical Implications

Earn 3.0 CEUs!  $15 for MAMFT members, $60 for non-members

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Presented By:Ted Bowman, MDiv

Workshop Description: Failure to address the loss of the future story (foreclosure, job loss, healthcare limits, delayed retirement, unwanted divorce, and diagnosis) can make it difficult for individuals and families to move forward to take initiative to seek ways of living with losses.

In this session, perspectives, frameworks and responses will be presented, demonstrated and discussed for addressing the loss of the future story. Connections to chronic sorrow, futurelessness, and a history of losses will be included. Honest hope and realistic resiliency will be evaluated and explored. Clinical connections between grieving and hoping will be shown.

Workshop Objectives: By the end of the session, participants will be able to:
1) Distinguish differences between tangible losses and the psycho-social loss of the future story
2) Describe multiple responses to shattered dreams, loss of hope, and perceived plans for the future
3) Apply the workshop to their practices, with a specific plan for use of the material

Presenter’s Bio: Ted Bowman is an educator specializing in change, transition and the resulting loss, grief and hope. Ted was a community faculty member at the University of Minnesota from 1981 through 2014. And from 2006 – 2018, Ted was an adjunct instructor in the School of Social Work of the University of Saint Thomas, teaching a course on grief counseling and therapy.

For over 35 years, he has led workshops throughout the United States and for the past 20 years he has worked annually in England, Scotland and Ireland. Ted is the author of more than 100 articles, chapters, booklets, and poems. His booklets, Loss of Dreams: A Special Kind of Grief and Finding Hope When Dreams Have Shattered are well-known resources about grief and loss.


Refund Policy: 

Requests must be made in writing. Refunds will be given on requests received 10 days prior to the training event. A 20% administrative fee per person will be deducted from all cancellations. No refunds will be given if received less than 10 days prior to the event, but registrants can transfer their registration to another person.


Date & Location

Brainerd Chamber of Commerce, CTC Room,
224 W Washington St.
Brainerd, MN

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Fri June 21, 9:00am - 12:00pm

Presenter(s): Ted Bowman, MDiv, LMFT