For a significant subset of the bereaved, grieving may become a protracted and life-limiting ordeal. Beyond identifying mourners who are suffering from prolonged grief, this course will explore the role of meaning as a mediator of evidence-based risk factors for this disorder. Dr Neimeyer will also introduce two carefully validated and clinically useful measures that assess challenges griever’s family and community have in making meaning of their losses.
Dr Neimeyer will discuss the reality of resistance in grief therapy and how the meaning of mourning can create invisible impediments to substantial and lasting change. He will then address analogical listening and symptom dialogues techniques by which clinicians and their clients can discover and ultimately transform hidden “pro-symptom positions” that work against the client’s own positive goals.