The intersection of race, ethnicity and religion informs family meanings related to death and dying. In this presentation, we will discuss therapeutic strategies (ie. enactments and experiential techniques) that promote bereavement resilience and consider how Catholic clinicians and clergy can more fully demonstrate cultural humility when ministering to bereaved families.
3 Objectives to be Learned at the Presentation
1. Describe how the concepts of family resilience and cultural humility apply to experiences of grief and loss.
2. Examine the use of Catholic perspectives, traditions, and rituals to support family resilience through meaning-making.
3. Demonstrate cultural humility around ethnic traditions and beliefs when serving bereaved families.
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Jessica Barboza is a licensed associate marriage and family therapist in the state of Utah where she is studying for her doctorate in Human Development and Family Studies. Her research interests center around family meaning-making and she is currently conducting research to better understand how these processes impact family resilience. She has facilitated grief groups at the Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas, the Austin Center for Grief and Loss, and the Sorenson Center for Clinical Excellence at Utah State University. Jessica advocates for the scientist-practitioner model of clinical training and values interdisciplinary collaboration in research and clinical practice.