Responding to Domestic Violence & Situational Grief: A Primer for Mental Health and Spiritual Care Professionals

A series of four, hour-long webinars sponsored by ACPE and hosted by The Rev. Dr. Claire W. Bamberg, LMFT, PCC and Ms. Dawn Stary, MA, PCC.  

Thursday, May 16, May 23, May 30, and June 6
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EST


These webinars are designed to help mental health and spiritual care professionals respond to domestic violence and situational grief.  The presenters will explore the similarities and differences between strategies for responding in these contexts and highlight necessary resources for both clinicians and clients.  They will identify various types of community support that might be available and discuss ways for clinicians working in these fields to practice self-care.  Dawn has worked extensively in the field of trauma and trauma recovery, particularly in the context of domestic violence in marginalized communities and immigrant populations.  Claire presents nationally on the topics of grief, situational loss, and training first responders.

Register below to receive webinar information. Please submit questions for the presenters to address by 5:00 pm on May 7th.  Email Janelle Moore at with the subject line “Webinar Series Questions.”

While continuing education credits will not be offered for this series, individuals who attend all four sessions of the webinar will be eligible to receive a continuing education certificate of attendance upon submission of an attendance verification form.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this four-part series, participants will be able to:

  • Describe what to say and/or do in the first moments on the scene or of becoming aware of an experience of domestic violence or situational grief.
  • Distinguish between what should and should not be said to the client, patient, child, or individual experiencing domestic violence or situational grief.
  • Identify professional and community resources and contacts to be aware of and to be prepared to contact during crisis situations.
  • Describe elements of self-care and explain why they are needed, what they are, and the necessity of making time for them.


Setting the Stage: A Look at the places and circumstances in which these trainings can apply

Session 1: Thursday, May 16

2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EST

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An Overview of Domestic Violence and Strategies for Responding

Session 2: Thursday, May 23

2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EST

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An Overview of Situational Grief and Strategies for Responding 

Session 3, Thursday, May 30

2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EST

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Synthesis and Q&A: Exploring Similarities, Differences, Complementarities, and Resources

Session 4: Thursday, June 6

2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EST

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The Rev. Dr. Claire W. Bamberg, LMFT, PCC is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. She received a Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School and a Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Care and Counseling from Christian Theological Seminary. 

She is the CEO of Potentials Coaching and Consulting, LLC and Potentials Counseling, PLLC and a Transitional Minister with The Tunbridge Church in Tunbridge, Vermont. 


Ms. Dawn Stary, MA, PCC received a Master of Arts in Pastoral Care and Counseling at the University of San Diego. 

She is the director of Journey Pastoral Counseling Center in San Diego.  She serves as the Children and Family Minister at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and counseling support to adults, children, couples, and families as a clinician with Survivors of Torture, International.