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Conference Announcement


Eighth International Conference on Petloss and Bereavement
and Workshop in Petloss and Bereavement Counseling
at Bally’s in Atlantic City

October 19 – 21, 2016

This unique and important conference is designed to serve two distinct groups: pet lovers who are deeply concerned with petloss, and the professionals who serve them and their beloved animals. That includes bereavement counselors, shelter personnel, and others who deal with pets. Please note that this year additional special programs have been added, in a new and expanded outreach to better serve veterinarians and their staffs.

In the morning plenary sessions, during the first 1½ hours, we will have thought-provoking discussions on a few select subjects of high interests to everyone present. There will be impressive panels of renowned authorities joining in with the rest of us, and adding their expert ideas and opinions. Everyone will be a valued participant. This open dialog is something new at our conferences, and you will like it.

Also, on Wednesday, October 18, 2016 we will again be giving our highly acclaimed in-person 10-hour Workshop for pet bereavement counselors. The special APLB Certificate of Training, as well as 18 CE credits will be awarded to those successfully completing the training, and attending the conference. This class will be continued in the first two presentations the next day.

The Bally’s Hotel has set up a special room reservation page. We have already reserved a large block of rooms, at a very reduced price. This will be opened in June. But you may phone Bally’s before then to get our special room prices.

For more information write to Dr. Wallace Sife at sife@aol.com. Please ask about our advertising and sponsorship opportunities.

Conference Overview

October 19

8 AM – 12 AM and 1 – 5 PM
Counselor Training Workshop

This training will be held in Room 1. The last two hours of the training will be continued in the same room on Thursday morning, for the first two seminars.

October 20

Complimentary continental breakfast will be served in the adjacent foyer, from 7 – 8 AM.

7:30 AM Registration and distribution of materials.

8:15 AM Opening address by Dr. Wallace Sife, who will lead a silent minute of tribute to our beloved deceased animal friends. This will be followed by open discussions and questions on current topics of special interest to our attendees. A select panel of authorities will help facilitate this. It will be led by Dr. Wallace Sife. These open exchanges will continue until 9:20, when we will then go to the first grouping of seminars.

Those who have not yet registered for the conference may do so via these webpages, or by contacting Dr. Sife at: sife@aol.com .

All are invited to our open house party on Thursday at 4:30 PM. This will be held in the reception room adjacent to the main meeting room. There will be raffles, refreshments, a cash bar, and lots of great socializing and networking. After that everyone has free time to go out and have dinner and visit the many wonderful stores and attractions in Bally’s or elsewhere in Atlantic City.

October 21

Complimentary continental breakfast will be served in the ballroom foyer, from 7-8 AM.

8:15 AM Welcome back, by Dr. Wallace Sife. The opening session will include necessary announcements, and then go into group discussions and comments on any matters related to pet loss and bereavement. The same panel of experts as yesterday will help lead this. At 9:20 AM we will break for the day’s seminars.

Diplomas will be distributed in this room, after lunch. They must be picked up in person, as they will not be mailed out after the conference.

Agenda and Seminar schedule →

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