Creating Promising Futures Through Social Construction
Program Coordinator & Associate Professor,
Counseling and Guidance/PPS Credential
Department of Special Educational, Rehabilitation and Counseling
California State University San Bernardino
5500 University Parkway
San Bernardino, CA 92407
The Fabula Center
104 E. State Street, Suite R.
Redlands, California 92373
Lorraine Hedtke MSW, ACSW, LCSW, Ph.D. is the program coordinator and an associate professor of counseling and guidance & PPS Credential program, San. She is also the proprietor of The Fabula Center a counseling and training center in Redlands, California.
Her academic history includes a bachelor’s degree in women’s studies and sociology from an innovative liberal arts program focusing on rigorous academic training and narrative evaluation at Johnston College, now, Johnston Center for Integrative Studies at the University of Redlands. She received her MSW from Arizona State University and worked as a medical social worker early in her career and quickly came to work with people who were dying in hospices and their bereaved family members. Her PhD was granted in 2010 from Tilburg University, in The Netherlands and her dissertation studied narrative grief psychology, specially looking at new approaches to bereavement practices, particularly in a group setting.
Dr. Hedtke teaches about death, dying and bereavement throughout the US and internationally. Her work represents a unique departure from the conventional models of grief psychology. Her articles have appeared in numerous professional journals and magazines and she is the author of several books about grief. Her children’s book, My Grandmother is Always with Me, (2nd Ed) (Lulu Press, 2013), is written with her daughter, Addison Davidove. Her book, Breathing life into the stories of the dead: Constructing bereavement support groups (Taos Institute Publications, 2012) outlines an innovative and practical model for practice. She, along with John Winslade, is one of the co-authors of the book Remembering lives: conversations with the dying and the bereaved (Baywood, 2004).