Social Worker, Author, Theorist
Coping Strategist for:
Family Caregivers, Involving Dementia or Other Ongoing Serious Illnesses
Anyone Needing to Heal through Adverse Circumstances Involving Situational Loss such as Health Decline, Job Loss, Past Wounds, Death
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Words from the Developer
The article 'Introducing the 3-A Grief Intervention Model: Acknowledge, Assess, Assist ' was published in the Omega Journal of Death and Dying. Although originally developed for dementia caregivers, the content can apply for caregivers of other progressive and chronic conditions.
Due to my personal experience as a family caregiver, professional experience helping family caregivers and strong grief background, coming from over 20 years of academic and independent study, I see the impact of loss and grief in the circumstances that individuals experience. This view is different from the conventional cultural views related to loss and grief. To share my view, I devised the ground-breaking 3-A Grief Approach that has been further developed into the 3-A Coping Framework for more people to be able to use in a variety of challenging situations.
What is the 3-A tool?
It's a common sense framework to cope.
"Works for Me!" ~ Catarina, Coping with Strength Workshop Participant
Acknowledge, Assess, Assist® through Situational Losses™
An opportunity for you to strengthen inner resiliency and well-being by assisting you in accommodating and adapting to the reaction from situational loss that comes with adversity. Wherever there is adversity, there is situational loss.
The 3-A Coping Framework involves using the words:
Acknowledge, Assess, Assist®
Acknowledging the realities involving situational loss due to adversity,
Assessing the reaction and impact
Assisting by acknowledging and assessing and using strategies in order to cope with strengthened inner resiliency.
What is Situational Loss™?
Situational loss is the loss of a person, thing, or quality, resulting from alteration of a life situation, including changes related to illness, body image, environment, and death. (Mosby's Medical Dictionary, 8th edition. 2009),
2022 E-book Keeping It Together
2018, Preview the Guidebook Mindfulness Exercises or Dementia
2017. Chapter of the book :Journey's End: Death, Dying and the End of Life When End of Life Care is Ongoing ...Assisting Families to Transform from the Embedded Grief
2016, Preview the Book Keeping It Together
2014, Preview the Book Caregiving with Strength
2014, Unmasking Caregiver Grief Canadian Nursing Home
2013, Assisting Caregivers' Losses The Caregivers Voice
2012, Caregivers Hidden Grief The Caregivers Voice
2011, Application of the 3-A Grief Intervention Approach in Nursing Home Placement, Canadian Nursing Home, 22
2007, Introducing the 3-A Grief Intervention Model, The Omega Journal of Death and Dying, 54, 215-235.
2007, The 3-A Grief Intervention Model, Canadian Nursing Home, 18, 20-21
Presentations of the 3-A Framework
2021: Dementia & Elder Abuse Prevention: Caregiving Matters
2021: Empowering Family Caregivers to Cope: March of Dimes
2020: Navigating Loss: It's Not Just About Death: Caregiving Matters
2019: Navigating Loss: It's Not Just About Death: Caregiving Matter
2019: Health and Wellness Innovations Conference: International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans
2019: Guest Lecturer, University of Toronto, Faculty of Social Work
2019: The Toronto and York Region Caregiver Show
2018: Guest Lecturer, University of Toronto, Faculty of Social Work
2018: The Caregiver Show, Ontario Science Centre, Toronto
2017: Guest Lecturer, University of Toronto, Faculty of Social Work
2017: The Caregiver Show, Ontario Science Centre, Toronto
2016: Caregiver Cafes: Toronto Reference Library, Caregiving Matters
2016: Guest Lecturer, University of Toronto, Faculty of Social Work
2015: Leading Edge Seminar: Working with Families of the Chronically Ill
2014: Tel Hashomer Hospital, Tel-Aviv. Israel Professionals from Different Clinical Settings
2013: Psychiatric Assessment Services for the Elderly Forum
2012: Ontario Hospice Palliative Care Conference
2011: Personal Support Network of Ontario Conference,
2011: Alzheimer Disease International Conference
2010: Online presentation, Alzheimer Knowledge Exchange,
Alzheimer Society of Ontario
2010: Ontario Gerontology Association Conference
2009: Ontario Gerontology Association Conference
2009: Guest Lecturer, York University, Aging and Caregiving Class
2008: Canadian Association on Gerontology Conference
2008: Social Worker Education, Baycrest, Toronto
2007: Alzheimer Society of Canada National Conference
Online Worshops: ILCA, University of Toronto for Professionals:
Applying the 3-A Framework
2020 University of Toronto, Institute for Life Course and Aging: Grief Intervention for All Types of Situational Loss
2019 University of Toronto, Institute for Life Course and Aging: Grief Intervention for All Types of Situational Loss
2018 University of Toronto, Institute for Life Course and Aging: Introduction to Grief Intervention
2017 University of Toronto, Institute for Life Course and Aging, Grief Intervention for Situations that Impact, 4 Weeks Online
2016 University of Toronto, Institute for Life Course and Aging, Grief Intervention for Caregivers of Older Adults, 4 Weeks Online
2014 University of Toronto, Faculty of Social Work, Continuing Education Online 2 Week Workshop, Family Caregiver Intervention: Assessing Behavior from a Loss Perspective
2013 University of Toronto, Institute for Life Course and Aging, Grief Intervention for Caregivers of Older Adults, 4 Weeks Online
2009, Endorsement written for the Living and Transforming with Loss and Grief Guide Booklet, produced by the BUFU Team, Murray Alzheimer Research and Education Program,Waterloo,Ontario
2019. Endorsement written for the book So You're a Spiritual Being. Now What? by Manisha Melwani
Blog Posts Written by Eleanor Silverberg: Applying the 3-A Framework
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