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Bearing Bad Tidings

Length: 1 hour

     The webinar “Bearing Bad Tidings” discusses many things one must consider when they find themselves in the role of making notifications about unfortunate news. You will learn how to carefully consider the sensitive nature of the notification as you take the preparatory steps leading up to the notification. You will learn how to make the notification and what to expect during that process. This training will cover the process of making notifications to family as well as making notifications to their place of business. You will also learn how important self-care is during the entire process.

Learning Objectives

After completing this online activity, participants will be able to...

  • Demonstrate the differences between information that should or should not be presented.
  • Recall if their own personal issues may be a risk factor.
  • Demonstrate effective pre-notification planning.

Continuing Education:  

     Continuing Education Hours / Clock Hours for Counselors/Social Workers/ School Psychologists/MFCCs/Play Therapists: 1

NBCC Clock Hours: 1/0.1 CEUs

Presenter: Dennis Potter LMSW, FAAETS

     Dennis Potter, LMSW, FAAETS, received a BS Degree from Grand Valley State University and a MSW from the University of Michigan. He has over 25 years of experience in mental health and crisis intervention. He was a founding member of the Kent County Crisis Response Team, the Mid-West Michigan CISM Team, and the Michigan Crisis Response Association. He is recognized as a Fellow by the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and has presented at many local, national and international conferences. Dennis has a part-time private practice and does training and consulting regarding numerous mental health topics. He worked to develop the course “Building Skills For Crisis Intervention Teams” and is an ICISF approved instructor for “Group Crisis Intervention”; “Advanced Group Crisis Intervention”; “Individual Crisis Intervention & Peer Support”; “Responding to School Crises”; “Law Enforcement Perspectives for CISM Enhancement”; “Suicide Prevention, Intervention and Postvention“; and “Strategic Response to Crisis”. He has written articles for various journals and co-created the model for Post Action Staff Support (Debriefing the Debriefers), which is featured in the ICISF Advanced Training Workbook. Potter is also a co-author of the book Practical Concepts and Training Exercises for Crisis Intervention Teams and the additional CD of expanded role plays for CISM teams.

This online activity is designed for:

     Social workers (LCSW, LMSW, LISW, BSW, AAW), psychologists (Ph.D., Psy.D., Ed.D.) school counselors, school psychologist, professional counselors (LMHC, LCMHC, CMHC, LPC, LCPC), marriage and family therapists (LMFT, LIMFT) art therapists, play therapists, occupational therapists, graduate students, and others in the mental health-related field.  This is a beginner level online activity which means that no previous experience is needed in order to participate.

How to access online activity after purchase:

     To gain access this online course, the participant will be required to create an account on BizVision.  Once a participant logs into his/her BizVision account and provides payment for the online course, the presentation and any supplementary materials will be made available for use.  A posttest and evaluation will also be sent at the completion of the course to be completed.  Once all aspects of the course have been successfully completed, the participant can expect to receive a certificate of completion via email.

ADA Accommodations:

     If you have a disability that you feel may impede your ability to participate in this online activity, please contact Chesapeake Beach Professional Seminars by phone or email at least 3 weeks in advance of the online activity date in order to provide reasonable accommodations.

     CBPS is approved by the District of Columbia and the Maryland Social Work Examiners to sponsor Category 1 continuing education programs; CBPS is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements.  CBPS solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.  NBCC Provider #5763; approved by the National Association of School Psychologists, approval #1067.  CBPS is approved by the Association of Play Therapy; APT Approved Provider 97-034.  CBPS is recognized by SED’s State Board for Social Work, provider #0122 and Mental Health Counselors, provider #MHC-0009 and Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists, provider #MFT-0008 in New York.  CBPS maintains responsibility for this training.

     An application has been made for social work credits.  Contat CBPS at 240-535-1433 or by email at for information about continuing education credits for social workers.

CE Certificates:

     After completion of the online activity, participants who have provided payment, completed the posttest, and have submitted a course evaluation will receive a certificate of completion via email.  Certificates will be delivered within 30 days of completion of the course.

Grievance Protocol:

     Please contact Chesapeake Beach Professional Seminars via email ( or phone (240-535-1433) and we will send you our Grievance Report document for you to fill out and send back to us.  On this form we will need you to provide basic contact information as well as a detailed description of the grievance you wish to report.  All reports will be reviewed, responded to, and appropriate measures will be taken to address any concerns or issues you may have with CBPS, its staff, or training materials.