Christi Lero, LCSW
Christi graduated with a Masters of Social Work from the University of Missouri. Following graduation, Christi worked as a Hospice Social Worker where she completed her clinical supervision earning her License in Clinical Social Work (LCSW).
Christi has maintained network and academic connections and has participated in guest panel lectures and individual lectures regarding the state of end of life care, non-pharmaceutical comfort measures, hospice, and palliative care. Christi maintains membership with the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) as a Political Action for Candidate Election (PACE) committee member. She also sits on the Social Work Committee for the Missouri Hospice & Palliative Care Association (MHPCA). Christi continues to work as a researcher at the University of Missouri to build an evidence base for bereavement care and identify supports and treatments for caregivers of folks with chronic or terminal illness and dementia.
In the past seven years, Christi has spent time working in care facilities with individuals with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, and in hospice and palliative care. She has been privileged to work with the dying and their families and understands the challenges caregivers face each day. She also sees the challenges brought on by life. She understands that grief and loss are not isolated to death and dying, but we are impacted by loss at several points in our lives. She believes balance means a workable harmony between thoughts, actions, and values, rather than unrealistic expectations of equal time and space for all things in your life. Christi promotes the mindset that balance and harmony shift and change as the demands of life do, and sometimes we struggle with what that means for our roles, identity, and well-being.
Christi is trained in and uses Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for trauma, and several techniques in Grief Therapy, and integrates mindfulness and motivational interviewing techniques in her work. It is her hope that you will allow her to walk with you as you get to know yourself and reconstruct life meaning after experiencing transition or loss.