From Grief to Gratitude: Surviving the Holidays Workshop


The holidays are fast approaching. Our expectations for a “better-than-ever” season lure us to pour our hearts, efforts, and funds into making it so. We love to anticipate the sights, sounds, smells, gatherings and excitement this time of year may bring. But what about our clients who are suffering from a major loss in life? Be it a family member, health, a plan or dream, or some other transition, grief may result in a smack down of one’s spirit and inability to rise and enjoy a lovely time of year. How do we help transition through this journey, moving through grief to a modicum of serenity? With gratitude in the offing, expectations can be readjusted and surviving gives way to a spirit of thriving.


Date: Friday, December 4, 2015
Time: 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM 
Location: Paesanos 1604
3622 Paesanos Pkwy San 
Antonio, TX 78231

Cost (includes meal and 1 CEU):

• Free for 2015 SAAMFT Members and Subscribers
• $35 for Non-Members 
• $25 for students (with CEU certificate) 
• $20 for students (without CEU certificate)


RSVP to Joan Biever ( with your entree choice by Monday November 30, 2015

  • Four Cheese Ravioli with Meatballs: Baked cheese ravioli served with house tomato sauce and two ricotta meatballs

  • Chicken Parmigiana: Lightly breaded chicken breast baked with fresh tomato sauce and whole milk mozzarella cheese, served over spaghetti

  • Shrimp Paesano Petite: Three jumbo shrimp dusted in flour, pan sautéed, baked and drizzled with lemon butter garlic sauce served with spaghetti

About the Presenter:


Molly O’Phelan, PhD, RN, LMFT-A first came to St. Mary’s University to earn her master’s and then later her doctorate, after having reared a family while they served in assignments around the globe in the U.S. Air Force. She is both a Registered Nurse and an LMFT-A. Her love of nursing and caring for those critically and terminally ill set the stage for her desire to become a therapist specializing in loss and grief. Connecting the dots between the clinician’s experience of loss and how it affects one’s therapeutic practice is of particular interest.

Besides spending time with her husband, two grown children, and two cats, Molly enjoys entertaining guests with a good meal, gardening, being out in nature, travel, and most things German.

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