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Introduction to Restorative Retelling

Serve Clients, Protect Providers, and Follow the Law

(6 CE units)

This course was most recently offered in November 2019.

This one-day, course will provide an introduction to Restorative Retelling (RR), the nationally-renowned therapeutic intervention that responds to sudden, traumatic death that was pioneered by the team at Grief Services (formerly Separation and Loss Services) at Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, WA. Restorative Retelling addresses both the trauma and grief experienced after a sudden, traumatic death. RR also reflects on the lives of those lost and survivors’ resilience, which will assist him/her to navigate such a death. This intervention is non-proprietary, made available for wide dissemination, and is currently used by professionals who work with death, trauma and grief survivors around the world (i.e. social workers, psychologists, counselors, first responders, clergy and others.)


Laura Takacs, MSW, MPH, received her MSW and MPH from University of Washington in 2004. For the past 10 years, she has worked both in the United States and abroad with populations who have experienced trauma related to war, displacement, poverty and torture.  For 5 years she worked with combat veterans with the Veterans Administration.  She has also worked for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Syria as a mental health consultant and with UNHCR in Kenya as the Senior Regional Staff Welfare Officer.  Ms. Takacs worked for the Center for Victims of Torture as a therapist and trainer in Amman, Jordan, providing direct therapy to Iraqi and Syrian torture survivors as well as staff training and development.  In 2011 and 2012, Ms. Takacs presented the Restorative Retelling model at peace conferences held in Amman, Jordan.  Currently, she works in Denver, Colorado at a refugee resettlement agency providing therapy to trauma survivors.


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