Mental Health Professionals

You provide care and assistance to people in need. You come across losses of all kinds in the young and old alike, and you know firsthand that losses differ in predictability and impact. Each burdens its survivors with challenges.

Your work in this area can be an emotionally charged experience for the grieving men and women you assist, as well as for yourself.

Popular Topics with Mental Health Professionals

Working with Military Loss in Post 9/11 America

Explore the multifaceted factors common to a military death: a sudden, often violent death far from home, limited info, conflicting details, unviewable remains and more. Examine why military grief has a long shelf life. Define what “moving forward” really means.  Identify 14 actionable tips for building personal resilience after a death.

Superb Presentation!

Atlantic Fleet Forces Chaplain Training

Norfolk, VA

Remaining Strong: Managing Stress and Burnout

Become skilled at identifying sources of stress, the relationship between stress and burnout, and the signs of compassion fatigue. Recognize the signs of organizational stress. Identify fourteen proven ways to build and maintain personal resilience.

This presentation is one of the best I’ve seen on resilience!”

Joint Base Langley-Eustis

Newport News, VA

Perfect Storm of Military Grief

Identify three powerful circumstances common to military loss and how their intersection often unleashes a formidable grief in surviving families and service members. Examine how this grief can be prolonged by world events and triggers related to the nation. Identify ten signs of moving forward in grief in surviving families.

Very good presentation. Needed this many years ago.”

Families of the Fallen Conference

Military Family Resource Centre, Edmonton, AB

Men, Grief and a Checklist

Examine how grief in men and women is influenced by intuitive and instrumental grieving styles. Learn how societal misconceptions have evolved into “right” and “wrong” ways to grieve. Discuss the 10 item “checklist” for men.

This was the best session–excellent brief that everyone needs!

US Army Survivor Outreach Services

SOS National Training Conference

Contact Joanne to discuss your training needs today!

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Books by Joanne Steen


A Survival Guide for Gold Star Parents and Those Who Support Them

A survival guide for parents on how to survive, cope, and develop resilience for the long haul. Learn more

By Joanne Steen
Central Recovery Press: Las Vegas Published: May 2019 ISBN: 9781942094968
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A Survival Guide


A survival guide for the military wife’s journey from wife to Gold Star widow to woman of her own right. Learn more

By Joanne M. Steen and M. Regina Asaro
Naval Institute Press: Annapolis
Published: June 2006
ISBN: 9781591148340
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