Counseling For Loss & Life Changes (CLLC) was founded in 1993 by Jane Bissler, a licensed professional clinical counselor and specialist in grief therapy. CLLC offers individual and family counseling services for grieving people throughout the area. Prior to forming CLLC, Jane provided professional counseling services to grieving families through Bissler & Sons Funeral Home. In short time, Jane's client base rapidly expanded as people who had chosen other funeral homes for their services also began coming to Jane for help with their grieving needs. As a result, Jane founded CLLC to meet and service the needs of those people as well.
In July of 1997, Counseling For Loss & life Changes published the CLLC Website on the internet. The purpose for the development of this Website was to give CLLC's clients and other grieving people throughout the internet community a place to educate themselves and access information about the grieving process. CLLC recognizes the need for grieving people to reach out for support. We anticipate that this web site will grow to be what you, the bereaved, need and require. This is your web site! We hope that you find some comfort in knowing that you are not alone in your journey.
Jane Vair Bissler, Ph.D., LPCC-S, FT Jane is a counselor, teacher, writer and speaker. She has a talent for giving people “ah ha moments” as they develop new spiritual, emotional and mental perspectives on the thoughts and behaviors that create distress in their lives. She is a practicing clinical counselor and clinical director of Counseling for Wellness, LLP. She is an adjunct professor in the master and doctoral programs at Kent State University and has taught courses in bereavement, counseling and assessments. She is a member of the board of directors for the Association of Death Education and Counseling.
Her clinical research and speciality focuses on what has been most helpful for parents who are grieving the death of their child/ren. She has recently completed her first book, Surviving and Thriving: Grief Relief & Continuing Relationships. This book follows her nationally recognized workshop of the same name. This book is available through this website, Jane's office and Amazon.com.
Her second book, Loving Connections: The Healing Power of Afterdeath Communications, will be released in September, 2008. This book is a collection of true spiritual events experienced by grievers. It is also available through this website, Jane's office and Amazon.com
Jane writes a weekly grief question and answer newspaper column which is also carried on this website. She has been writing this column since 1990 and receives questions from all over the world. She has keynoted and spoken at a numerous national, state and local conferences. Her presentations are always highly rated and she is often referred to as the "conferences best presenter ".
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Explanation of Credentials
What is a Ph.D.?
Doctor of Philosophy, abbreviated Ph.D. is an advanced academic degree. It is the most common denomination for a research doctorate and applies to graduates in a wide array of disciplines in the sciences and humanities. The detailed requirements for award of a Ph.D. vary throughout the world; however the common factors are that the candidate must submit a thesis or dissertation consisting of a suitable body of original academic research, which is in principle worthy of publication in a peer-refereed context, and must defend this work before a panel of expert examiners appointed by the university. Another common requirement is that the candidate must also successfully complete a certain number of advanced courses relevant to their area of specialization. Jane's Ph.D. is in Counselor Education and Supervision. Her doctoral research was based on what has been most helpful for parents who were grieving the sudden death of their adolescent child or children. This research has and continues to inform her counseling, writing and speaking. Jane also has an M.Ed., a Master's of Education in Community Counseling. Her area of speciality and research during this time was also focused on the best ways to help bereaved people. Jane's undergraduate degree is in Secondary Education. She has nine years of experience teaching high school and middle school children. What's an LPCC?
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LPCC, is the highest counselor licensure in the State of Ohio. This licensure ensures the client that Jane has completed a master's degree and 3,000 hours of supervised contact with clients before she sat for her board exam. What's a Thanatologist?
The designation of FT after Jane's licensure shows that she is a fellow in thanatology. A thanatologist is a professional with specialized education and/or certification in dying, death and bereavement whose professional responsibilities include working with the dying and/or bereaved. Being a Fellow designates Jane as having the highest certification in this field. It shows that she has significant experience and research in this field and is recognized as a specialist by her peers and clients, alike.