Winter Continuing Education Conference set for December 4

Oxford Treatment professional training continues ( Dec conference)

Offering up to 5 free CE credits for professionals in mental and behavioral healthcare

UPDATE: AS OF NOV. 29, THIS EVENT IS FULL. Register to join the wait list.

“Finding Peace: Accepting Grief and Loss through the Holidays,” part of the 2018 Professional Development Series, is set for Tuesday, December 4, 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m., at the Oxford Outpatient Center, 611 Commerce Parkway off Highway 7 South.

Presenters include:

  • Dean Worsham, M.Ed., LPC, LMFT, Oxford Counseling Center
  • Meaghan O’Connor, M.Ed., NCC, CCTP, Oxford Treatment Center
  • Daniel Winkler, LADAC-c, ACCT II-CCM, CET, Oxford Treatment Center


For this program, Oxford Treatment Center is approved for 5 CE credit hours for Social Workers, 3.5 CE credit hours for Counselors and 5 CE credit hours for Marriage and Family Therapists. The program is free for professionals, with lunch provided.

In lieu of a fee for this event we are accepting donations for the Oxford Christmas Store, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Oxford-Ole Miss. Donations will be collected at the event. View suggested donations.

Representatives from the Mississippi chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will be exhibiting at the event.


Finding Peace: Accepting Grief and Loss through the Holidays


December 4, 2018 | 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m
Oxford Outpatient Center
611 Commerce Parkway, Oxford, MS 38655

**UPDATE: As of Nov. 29, this event is full. Register to join the waitlist.**

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Finding Peace: Accepting Grief and Loss through the Holidays

5 CE Hours for Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists; 3.5 CE Hours for Counselors

The Oxford Treatment Center is approved as a Designated Provider of Social Work Continuing Education hours by the Mississippi Board of Examiners for Social Workers and Marriage & Family Therapists (DP #18002 ). Social workers receive 5 hours for full attendance/successful completion in this course. Marriage & Family Therapists receive 5 hours for full attendance/successful completion in this course (MS18 -055).

NBCC has approved Counselors to receive 3.5 CE Hours for “Disenfranchised Grief: Recognizing and Honoring Non-Death Loss” and “Self-Care Through Grief” (NBCC Approval Number SP-3176).

Oxford Treatment Center is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

Upon attending the program and completing a provided evaluation, you will gain access to a presentation-quality certificate of completion containing details about the program. This can be used as proof of completion to obtain CE credits / hours.


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About the program

Retaining Peace through Grief – The Power of Metaphor – Daniel Winkler B.S. LPSS, CCTS, CET (approved for SW and MFT)

(9:00AM – 10:30AM)

When we as a people are bonded by Grief, Loss and unhealthy ways, we tend to cover up who we are authentically. This is what we will learn together during the moments in this session. A way to see again what “Creation” truly meant before the woundedness. An opportunity to share in like mind and an opportunity to heal.

We once believed life centered on our relationship with the Creator of Life. I want to reaffirm that it still does. That life is not predicated on how well we can speak our language, or sing our songs, or practice our ceremonies. It is predicated on our personal relationship with the Giver and Sustainer of Life and all life-giving things.

  • Objective # 1 -Explore diverse cultural perspectives of grief and loss.
  • Objective #2 – Present and review the holistic, traditional, strength/ evidence-based treatments for Grief and Loss. This is trauma informed — small traumas & big traumas, that can lead to relapse or continued unhealthy behaviors.
  • Objective #3 – Examine the power of metaphor in healing and healthy growth practice.


Break 10:30AM – 10:45AM         


Disenfranchised Grief: Recognizing and Honoring Non-Death Loss – Meaghan O’Connor, M.Ed, NCC, CCTP (approved for SW, Counselors and MFT)

(10:45AM – 12:15PM)

As clinicians we prepare ourselves for sitting with clients dealing with the death of a loved one, but loss comes in many forms. This portion of the program will focus on disenfranchised grief and loss not commonly recognized or accepted within societal norms. We will explore how to “enfranchise” our clients and assist them in honoring their grief events through empathy, education, and empowerment.

  • Objective #1 – Describe and identify instances of disenfranchised grief.
  • Objective #2- Participants will acquire strategies for assessing and processing disenfranchised grief.
  • Objective #3 – Explore personal experiences with disenfranchised grief and unresolved loss.


Lunch – 12:15PM – 1:15PM


Self-Care Through Grief – Dean Worsham, LMFT, LPC-S (approved for SW, Counselors and MFT) 

(1:15 – 3:30 with break)

My presentation will focus on coping with grief and loss through sound therapy and mindfulness meditation. The objective is to explore skills and cultivate a deeper understanding that could be beneficial to the grieving family member, friend and healthcare professional. Our goal is to look at facing suffering and loss and not run or hide from it. This takes a lot of courage and strength that I believe we all possess. I believe sound therapy and mindfulness meditation allows us to summon our courage and open our heart to compassion for others and ourselves.

  • Objective #1 -Identify and Integrate tools of self-care for those experiencing grief.
  • Objective #2 -Construct a narrative around loss which reduces grief and loss. Celebrating the loss through stories and ritual that allows us to remember with more balance and not just grief and sadness.
  • Objective #3 – Explore facing our own thoughts around death and loss.


About the presenters

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Meaghan O’Connor, M.Ed., NCC, CCTP

Daniel Winkler presents at continued education classes

Daniel Winkler, LADAC-c, ACCT II-CCM, CET

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Dean Worsham, M.Ed., LPC, LMFT


Meaghan O’Connor, M.Ed., NCC, CCTP, is an Experiential Therapist at the Oxford Treatment Center. Meaghan’s role at Oxford Treatment Center includes leading groups for mindfulness, meditation and therapeutic recreation, as well as groups focused on self worth and life skills. Her previous counseling experience includes working with academically at-risk students at the University of Mississippi. A native of Chicago, Meaghan earned holds a bachelor of arts in education degree and a master of education degrees in clinical mental health counseling, both from the University of Mississippi. She is a certified meditation teacher and a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional through the International Association of Trauma Professionals.

Daniel Winkler, LADAC-c, ACCT II-CCM, CET, is an Experiential Therapist at the Oxford Treatment Center. Daniel works with clients on the residential campus at Etta and those on the Resolutions campus in Oxford. His training through the Native Wellness Institute has included helping individuals work through past trauma. He has worked with both children and adults over the course of his career as a Certified Experiential Therapist (CET) using wilderness and adventure techniques. He holds a degree from Appalachian State University and is certified in Challenge Course Management (ACCT II-CCM), in addition to being a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (LADAC). He is also a certified Wilderness First Responder.

Dean Worsham, M.Ed., LPC, LMFT,is a Therapist at the Oxford Counseling Center. Dean is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. He is a Board Qualified Supervisor for both licenses. Dean became a Gong Master in 2014. Dean served on the Mississippi Board of Examiners for Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists for eight years. He also worked at The University of Mississippi Counseling Center for 16 years. Dean is in the process of acquiring EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) Certification.


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