Experiential Action Methods and Tools for Healing Grief and Loss-Related Trauma: Life, Death, and Transformation
Lusijah Sutherland Darrow
6:00 – 9:00pm (3hrs)
Lusijah Sutherland Darrow:
This workshop presents psychodrama methods and tools to work with universal aspects of primary and secondary grief. These issues include loneliness, sadness, guilt, anger, unfinished business, frozen trauma, finding a new normal and meaning in life. These tools, developed in grief groups at the Centre for Living with Dying, demonstrate the powerful and transformative impact of psychodrama as clients experience new insights and narratives about difficult and entrenched feelings that contribute to persistent grief. This work incorporates a spiritual perspective to help clients experience the timelessness of shared love and connection and to honour the gifts from the relationship with the loved one. The work supports integration of the deep sorrow of loss with knowing that the loved one will always be a part of the survivor’s life.
The psychodrama approach for working with grief topics is consistent with contemporary grief theory about tasks of mourning (Worden) and healing: loss orientation and restoration orientation (Stroebe and Schut), meaning reconstruction (Neimeyer and Sands), and continuing bond (Klas). Psychodrama methods and tools bring life to these tasks.
This workshop will present material from the presenter’s book, Experiential Action Methods and Tools for Healing Grief and Loss-Related Trauma: Life, Death, and Transformation (Routledge 2020). These tools and methods are immediately accessible and useful for psychologists and therapists, counselling centres, hospice programs, and ministers working with grief and trauma. The workshop will provide effective strategies toward working with difficult clinical aspects of complicated bereavement and for helping bereaved persons find a new normal that has life meaning.
Lusijah Darrow is passionate about using therapeutic approaches that engage body, heart, mind, and soul to support transformative change. She trained with the Bay Area Moreno Institute and the Hudson Valley Psychodrama Institute and was certified by the American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry, and Group Psychotherapy. Lusijah has used psychodrama and creative expression methods with groups and individuals working with grief and loss-related trauma. She has given presentations of this material to various groups in the US.
Lusijah currently works in private practice, meeting with individuals, couples, and families with diverse needs. Previously, she worked in the area of immunology research at Stanford University. She lives in La Selva Beach, CA, happily married to her husband, who is also a therapist and writer.