American Board of Funeral Service Education

 

Workshops

ABFSE Self Study workshops are held in April and October and are scheduled in connection with other American Board of Funeral Service Education committee meetings.  The April workshop is part of the ABFSE Annual Conference and the October workshop is scheduled so that attendees might also participate in the NFDA International Expo.

Workshops are open to all educators and site visit team members.  Program Directors with a comprehensive review approaching are urged to attend a workshop prior to beginning work on their self study.  There is no limit to the number of times you may attend a self study workshop.

The purpose of the ABFSE Self Study workshop is three-fold:

A.

Provide institutions/programs with information that will assist in conducting a successful Self-Study, using JURA.

B.

Produce a Self-Study Report that will effectively represent the institution/program and be of optimum value to the ABFSE Visiting Team in its preparation for the on-site visit.

C.

Update instructions provided in the American Board of Funeral Service Education Manual on Accreditation and provide practical suggestions to ensure a productive and successful site visit.


The workshop is free; pre-registration is required. Attendees are requested to notify the ABFSE office, by email, that they will be attending the workshop. Attendees are expected to be familiar with the Standards of Accreditation (Chapter IX of the ABFSE Accreditation and Policy Manual). Copies will not be distributed at the workshop. Access to an electronic copy [saved to your laptop or tablet] is a good idea. Wi-fi access is normally available. At the conclusion of the workshop, attendees receive a Certificate of Participation.

Workshop schedule:

 

Professional Development:

Self Study Workshop
Saturday, October 16, 2021
8-11:30 AM
Hyatt Centric Hotel
Nashville, TN
(registration required)

Notes from October 28, 2020 session are available (PDF)

 

 

Expectations of Funeral Service Students vs. Employers: Strategies to Bridge the Gaps
October 7, 2021  Zoom session
2 PM Eastern
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Cremation is ______: Understanding cremation motivations
November 18, 2021 Zoom session
2 PM Eastern
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Expectations of Funeral Service Students vs. Employers: Strategies to Bridge the Gaps

In October and November of 2019, NFDA, in collaboration with the American Board of Funeral Service Education, conducted a study of funeral service students to measure their expectations of starting salaries, job benefits, and job responsibilities. A follow-up study surveys funeral home owners and managers to measure their workplace expectations of new graduates. Comparing the results of the two studies, we are able to better understand whether job seeker and employer expectations are indeed congruent, realistic, achievable - and, when they may not be - how the gaps in expectations can be bridged. Where applicable, results are also linked to the previous study conducted in 2016 and 2013.

NFDA President-elect Randy Anderson and NFDA Research Manager Deana Gillespie will review results of the studies and discuss the implications for funeral service programs and employers.

APFSP Continuing education credit is available.

Register in advance for this session:
https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIvc-yrqz8qG9zGIFUY4hTRCICisJ7gHFza
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Cremation is ______: Understanding cremation motivations
CANA statistics have tracked the growth in cremation and reported the reasons why cremation is the new tradition, but what happens after the decision to cremate? This session presents ground-breaking research on consumer behavior and attitudes toward cremation.  Attend and gain strategies to better meet the needs of today's cremation families.

Learning Objectives:

  • "Learn insights from focus groups participants describing their cremation experiences
  • "Identify strategies to meet the needs of cremation families
  • "Rethink professional and personal assumptions about cremation.

Bio : Barbara Kemmis is Executive Director of the Cremation Association of North America where she promotes all things cremation through member programs, education and strategic partnerships. After more than 20 years of experience in association leadership, Barbara knows that bringing people together to advance common goals is not only fun, but the most effective strategy to get things done.

Barbara has served two prior professions as the Director of Member Services at the American Theological Library Association and Vice President of Library and Nonprofit Services at the Donors Forum (now Forefront). Barbara earned a master's degree in library science from Dominican University, a graduate certificate in nonprofit management from North Park University and a B.A. from Earlham College.

APFSP Continuing education credit is available.

Register in advance for this session:
https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMlceiuqz0pHNzmsKY4biCc-FVEqNPISTrf
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
 

 

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