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, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Medford, Oregon. She is an experienced educator who taught undergraduate – and graduate-level psychology and counseling courses for 15 years, and she is a professor emeritus at Humboldt State University in Arcata, CA. As an academic, her teaching and research focused on grief, death education, personality and psychopathology, and diagnosis. Dr. Eckerd’s research has appeared in Death Studies and other journals. Since transitioning to full-time private practice several years ago, she has presented frequently on psychotherapy with clients who are grieving, as well as on the revised DSM-5®. Dr. Eckerd is a certified thanatologist whose practice regularly includes many clients who are grieving the death of a loved one. Her aim for this presentation is to distill current research and theory into clinically useful information and do so with humor and fast-paced organization in order to establish an enjoyable environment for participants’ 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
Additional Participant CE must be purchased for each additional viewer. These viewers will watch the video with the main registrant, but will have individual access to course handouts and certification. The standard price of this program includes certification for main viewer.