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PLPA and Two Hearts Pet Loss Center Announce New Certification Courses

GREENWOOD, IND. - Due to overwhelming demand, Two Hearts Pet Loss Center, in conjunction with the Pet Loss Professionals Alliance (PLPA), will conduct two Pet Loss & Grief Companioning Certification courses in 2014. The courses will be held this April in Indianapolis and again in August in New Orleans, according to a news release.

“I have attended this course several times and each time I learn something new. It’s also a great opportunity to recharge myself. My business philosophy is created around this course. My pet families desire the very best and Coleen and this course are the very best,” Roberta Knauf with Schoedinger Pet Services commented. Dr. Beth Christensen added: “I attended Coleen’s Pet Loss and Grief Companioning class in 2013. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but amazingly some of what I learned I incorporated the very next day I returned from the class. Coleen is very committed to her work and makes the experience worthwhile. I enjoyed the mix of pet care professionals and enjoyed connecting with other veterinarians in the evenings. I even gleaned some practice tips from my conversations with those that do similar work as house call veterinarians.”

A range of topics will be covered during the three-day session. They include:

· Understanding Pet Loss Companioning

· Understanding Anticipatory Grief

· The Six Central Needs of Mourning

· The Importance of Rituals

· The Benefits of a Pet Loss Support Group

· Children and Grief: Pets and Grief

· Compassion Fatigue

· Marketing your Pet Loss Services

Coleen Ellis is president of Two Hearts Pet Loss Center, a consulting company based in Greenwood, Indiana. Ellis also is co-chair of the PLPA and is the current president of the International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care. She founded Pet Angel Memorial Center, the first stand-alone pet-only funeral home in the United States. She is a frequent speaker on pet loss issues and has contributed articles and participated in interviews with ICCFA Magazine, Pet Loss Insider and She was awarded the first Death and Grief Studies Certification specializing in Pet Loss Companioning by the Center for Loss in Fort Collins, Colorado. In 2011, she released her book Pet Parents: A Journey Through Unconditional Love and Grief.

The course meets the requirements for 15 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB/RACE approval; however, participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery of continuing education.

For more information and to register, visit the Two Hearts website or call 317.884.4885.

Posted March 3, 2014


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