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Grief and Its Complications - Registration Closed

6 CE Credits - Webinar Only

April 8, 2022

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Webinar Only

Seminar Description

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, we will explore the role of meaning as a mediator of evidence-based risk factors for this disorder. We 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.

In the afternoon, we will discuss the reality of resistance in grief therapy and how the meaning of mourning can create invisible impediments to substantial and lasting change. We will then consider 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.

This program constitutes 1 of 3 courses required for Basic Certification in Grief Therapy offered by the Portland Institute for Loss and Transition (PI) in collaboration with J&K Seminars.  For more information about the optional certification program, click here.


Participants will be able to :
· Identify two key dimensions of adaptive grieving viewed through a narrative lens.
· Recognize features of complicated grief in the context of clinical interviews and discuss evidence for the clinical utility of this conceptualization.
· Review current criteria for a diagnosis of Prolonged Grief Disorder included in the ICD-11 and DSM 5-TR and apply these to a case example.
· Summarize research on the role of meaning making in mediating the impact of evidence-based risk factors on bereavement outcome.
· Summarize research linking symptom coherence with complicated grief outcomes
· Spot the emergence of “immunity to change” processes in order to befriend resistance and overcome unconscious roadblocks to therapeutic progress
· Adapt analogical listening to reveal sources of reluctance to release painful symptoms and struggles
· Utilize symptom dialogues to discover and transform the client’s hidden problem-sustaining positions.


Friday Morning  - 10 a.m.—1:15 p.m.  ET
· The "Staging" of Grief: Abstract Theory and Empirical Reality
· Dual Process, Two Tracks: Contemporary Models of Loss
· Mourning and Meaning: Grief and Its Complications 
· Prolonged Grief Disorder: Conceptualization and Diagnosis 

Friday Afternoon –2 p.m.—5:15 p.m.  ET
· Symptom Coherence: Identifying Immunity to Change in Grief Therapy
· The Coherence In Grief Scale: Measuring Pro-Symptom Positions (PSPs)
· Dialogue with Suffering: A Grief Observed
· From Discovery to Integration:Processing PSPs in Grief Therapy