Clinicians often struggle to develop an effective approach to counseling grief clients, due to the uniqueness of each individual's grief. The last 10-15 years have seen an explosion of new research in the field and many new studies have turned what we thought we knew on its head. Another important and very practical issue involves diagnosis, as DSM-5® revisions affect the most commonly applied diagnoses for grief clients.
Explore this new research, including up-to-date information about appropriate diagnosis of grief clients in DSM-5®, ideas for how to assess grief severity and related constructs, and clarification about what is meant by “complicated grief” with Licensed Psychologist and Certified Thanatologist, Dr. Beth Eckerd. Review the most commonly used current models for understanding grief and leave with tools, including 20 interventions, to more confidently assist clients in navigating the adaptive, yet confusing and difficult, grief process. The seminar will end with a focus on self-care, discussing how to appropriately manage and care for ourselves in this demanding, yet fulfilling, work.
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Beth Eckerd, J.D., Ph.D., is an experienced educator who has taught undergraduate and graduate level psychology and counseling courses for over 10 years. Her teaching and research focus has been on grief, diagnosis, personality and psychopathology, death education, and counseling. This combination led to her avid interest in the DSM-5®’s revision process. In addition to her faculty responsibilities, Dr. Eckerd presents to professional groups on DSM-5®’s overall changes as well as specifically on DSM® diagnosis of grief-related symptomatology. She has recently co-authored a chapter entitled “When is grief ‘abnormal’? The changing approach to grief in the DSM,” as well as articles in Death Studies and other journals. Beth has shared her grief expertise on the radio and the Internet as well.
Dr. Eckerd is an associate professor at Humboldt State University in Arcata, CA, and a licensed psychologist. Her style includes equal parts of knowledge, organization, and humor, which establishes an enjoyable environment for audience engagement and learning.
Financial: Lizabeth Eckerd is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the Humboldt State University. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Lizabeth Eckerd has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
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Articulate current models for conceptualizing grief for the purposes of client psychoeducation
Identify five predictors of grief severity in clients
Put to practical use in-session a basic, adaptable approach to grief counseling
Demonstrate three new interventions to use with bereaved clients in a clincial session
Determine when grief has become “complicated” and outline a suitable treatment strategy
Diagnose grief clients appropriately using the DSM-5®/li>
WHAT RESEARCH TELLS US ABOUT GRIEF
The cost of loving and caring
Models for understanding grief
Older, familiar models
The “griefwork” hypothesis
Current theories and approaches
Phase and task models
Dual process model
Emotional and cognitive expressions
Social behaviors and societal reactions
Predictors and mediators of the experience
Background: grief is highly individual
Personality and other vulnerability factors
Who died; quality of relationship
Social, contextual, and cultural influences
Mode of death
ASSISTING OUR CLIENTS THROUGH THE JOURNEY OF GRIEF
How is it different from other types of counseling?
Who often benefits (and who may not)?
Components of a general approach
The 3 Rogerian conditions
Power of presence
Being a companion/therapist for your grief clients
Cross-cultural and other diversity considerations
Dealing with emotional intensity
Grief vs. trauma
When clients' grief is disenfranchised
Working with couples or families who have experienced the “same” loss
Preparing for grief “spikes”
WHEN GRIEF BECOMES COMPLICATED
Common trajectories for grief
What is “complicated” grief and how do you recognize it?
Risk factors for complicated grief
Overview of treatments for complicated grief
ASSESSMENT AND DIAGNOSIS OF GRIEF-RELATED SYMPTOMS
How to differentiate between depression, grief, and PTSD
Persistent Complex Bereavement Disorder
Use of Adjustment Disorder diagnosis with grief clients
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