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Grief in the DSM-5®: Changes in Diagnosing Grief-Related Disorders

Designed for mental health professionals, this course discusses the hotly debated bereavement-related DSM-5® changes: the bereavement exclusion in major depressive disorder, uncomplicated grief, specified trauma and stressor related disorders, and the proposed diagnosis of complicated grief. You will learn, based on empirical research, why the changes were needed, what the implications of those changes are in clinical practice, and how those implications can enhance or detract from differential bereavement assessments. Also discussed are the reason why the changes remain problematic and what the implications are for future DSM® editions.


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Christina Zampitella, PsyD, FT
1 Hour 28 Minutes
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Sep 30, 2013
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Continuing Professional Development Certificates - PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This online program is worth 1.5 hours CPD.



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Dr. Christina Zampitella, PsyD, FT, is a licensed clinical psychologist in both Delaware and California and a Fellow of Thanatology (expert in death, loss, and bereavement) through the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC).  She is the owner of The Center for Grief Therapy and Education, co-owner and director of clinical services at Integrative Psychology Group, and a professional speaker. She works as an adjunct faculty member at Marian University’s Master’s in Thanatology program, National University, and Goldey-Beacom College, focusing her research, course development and teaching on Bereavement Studies and Integrative Psychology. She served as the chair for the Continuing Education Committee for the San Diego Psychological Association from 2007-2009 and the Delaware Psychological Association from 2018-2019. Dr. Zampitella specializes in death, loss, bereavement, integrative psychology, spirituality and nature-based therapy. She is the former resident psychologist on Fox 5 News in San Diego and often appeared on NBC News. She has been featured in Elle Magazine, BuzzFeed, and The Huffington Post.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Christina Zampitella is co-owner and director of Clinical Services at Integrative Psychology Group. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Christina Zampitella is a Fellow of Thantology.


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  1. Analyze how the current research in the field of bereavement is related to the changes that made in the DSM-5®
  2. Evaluate the changes in the DSM-5® and respond to those changes in differential diagnosing
  3. Theorize why the changes made in the DSM-5® are still problematic
  4. Evaluate the implications in regard to future editions of the DSM®


Bereavement in the DSM® - historical context

Why were changes needed           

What are the changes in the DSM-5®?

  • Uncomplicated grief
  • Other Specified Trauma and Stressor Related Disorders
  • Persistent Complex Bereavement Disorder - conditions for further study (Section 3)

Why are these changes still problematic?

How to use the DSM-5® for diagnosing uncomplicated and complicated grief - implications for the bereaved

  • Differential diagnosing
  • The "note" under Major Depressive Disorder

Future DSM® implications 

Target Audience

Psychologists, Counselors, Social Workers, Case Managers, Addiction Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, Chaplains/Clergy, and other Mental Health Professionals



Overall:      4.7

Total Reviews: 3


Lori L - Baton Rouge, Louisiana

"Very valuable info on separating the diagnoses"

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