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 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 Approach?

It's a common sense framework to cope.

 

Addressing situational loss - providing di - stress management... 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. The 3-A Approach involves using the words:

 

Acknowledge, Assess, Assist®

 

Acknowledging the realities involving situational loss and adversity,

Assessing the reaction and impact

Assisting in strategizing 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, includingchanges related to illness, body image, environment, and death. Mosby's Medical Dictionary, 8th edition. 2009,

 

 

Online Worshops ILCA, University of Toronto for Professionals:

Applying the 3-A Approach

  • 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 

 

Publications:

 

Endorsement:

 

 

 

Prominent Presentations of the 3-A Approach

 

2019: Health and Wellness Innovations Conference, International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans

2018: The Caregiver Show, Ontario Science Centre, Toronto

2017: The Caregiver Show, Ontario Science Centre, Toronto       

2016: Caregiver Cafes: Toronto Reference Library, Caregiving Matters

2016: Institute for Life Course and Aging: Grief Intervention for Caregivers of Older Adults

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

2008:  Canadian Association on Gerontology Conference

2008:  Social Worker Education, Baycrest, Toronto

2007:  Alzheimer Society of Canada National Conference

 

 

Blog Posts Written by Eleanor Silverberg: Applying the 3-A Approach

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Updated October 2019

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