Course Description

This course provides an overview of issues relating to grief and loss tailored for legal practitioners.  Topics include:

  • What grief can look like
  • Styles and stages of grief
  • Incorporating wellness strategies
  • Coping strategies
  • Resources for attorneys


This course includes video recorded from a live CLE via Zoom for  the Washington County Bar Association in the Fall of 2021.


Course Deadline Notice:

Axom Education will no longer be offering online CLE courses after the December 31st, 2022 compliance deadline.  Any courses purchased from October 15th, 2022 through December 31st, 2022 must be completed by January 10th, 2023 to receive CLE credit.


CLE Credit:

1.0 PA Ethics CLE

This course contains approximately 60 minutes of content, all of which is required for course completion.

Your certificate of completion will be issued automatically after all elements of the course have been viewed/completed.  Credits will be reported to the CLE Board within 30 days of your completion of the course and your completion date will be reported as the day on which you actually finished the course.


Minimum System Requirements:

This course includes downloads of PDF documents (Portable Document Format) and streaming video. Viewing the documents will require Adobe Acrobat Reader or other PDF viewing software.  Adobe Acrobat Reader is available for free from the Adobe website.

The video player will run on Mac OS, Windows and Linux as well as most mobile devices and tablets on any browser that supports Adobe Flash and/or HTML5.  Supported browsers include Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer 9,10,11, and Microsoft Edge.  Internet Explorer 8 is not supported on Windows XP for security reasons, but is supported on Windows 7 or higher operating systems.

An internet connection with a minimum speed of 768 kilobits per second is required.  At least 5MB/sec is recommended to stream video in full HD quality.  Please note that the video player may downgrade the quality of the video to accommodate lower connection speeds.

Course Presenter

  • Kevin Whelley, MS, C.A.G.S. and Michele Haggerty, Esq.

    Kevin Whelley, MS, C.A.G.S. and Michele Haggerty, Esq.

    Kevin Whelley, MS, C.A.G.S. is the Clinical Director for Clearbrook Treatment Center. He was born in Queens, New York and was raised in Northeastern Pennsylvania. He attended Mount Saint Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, MD where he earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Sociology, and later attended the University of Scranton in Scranton, PA where he was awarded Master’s Degree in School Counseling, and additionally earned a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study. After Graduate School he relocated to Cape Cod, MA where he was first hired as a counselor at a treatment center in Falmouth, MA. It was during this time that he developed his passion for working in the field of substance use disorder treatment, and knew it was the career path he would follow. After several more years on Cape Cod, in various roles including Evening Supervisor, Treatment Coordinator and Clinical Manager, Kevin decided it was time to return to Northeastern Pennsylvania in order to continue his passion for his work, and serve the community where he was raised. Kevin joined the Banyan/Clearbrook team in April of 2019 as a primary therapist, and was then promoted to the role of Clinical Director in August of 2019. As Clinical Director, the most rewarding part of his job is watching a team of dedicated professionals work collaboratively and tirelessly to help unlock the strength and resiliency within the patients we treat here at Banyan/Clearbrook. Kevin is proud to work for a company that is always striving to be an industry leader in the field of substance use disorder treatment.

    Michele Haggerty, Esq. is a sole practitioner with The Haggerty Law Office in Washington, PA. She has recently shifted her practice to include a focus on mediation. Michele has been helping couples resolve their divorce and family law matters in Southwestern Pennsylvania for over 30 years. She has worked as both a mediator and a litigator, as well as an appointed advocate for the family courts. Having seen couples face the stress and cost of traditional divorce throughout her career, Michele has become a strong advocate for mediation, because it allows couples to resolve their cases amicably and fairly, without the cost, hostility and anxiety associated with traditional divorce.

    Michele is an active member of the Washington County Bar Association, and has served as its President, the Chair of its Family Law Division, and on numerous committees. She is also an active member of the Family Law Section of the Allegheny County Bar Association. Michele is a frequent lecturer in the areas of family law, professionalism and ethics, and participates in several programs offered to area schools and local communities.

Course curriculum

  • 1
    Course Materials
    • How to Navigate This Course
    • Grief and Loss PowerPoint Presentation (Printing Optional)
    • Grief Fact Sheet (Printing Optional)
    • COVID Resources (Printing Optional)
    • Grief and Loss Part One
    • Grief and Loss Part Two
    • Course Evaluation (Required)