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Grief Treatment: Current Evidence Based Approaches to Care Across the Lifespan

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  1. Examine current models of grief theory that go beyond the five stages and the treatment implications of each model.
  2. Distinguish the unique experience created by different types of loss in relation to assessment and treatment planning.
  3. Evaluate a client’s understanding of death and response to grief from a developmental perspective across the lifespan.
  4. Determine how grief impacts the family system (individually and together), and how to better equip them to support each other in grief.
  5. Evaluate current and cutting-edge modalities used to treat typical and complicated grief in the clinical setting.
  6. Prepare specific creative counseling interventions that engage the individual, couple or family in the process of grief.


Grief Theory Beyond Kübler-Ross

Circumstances of Bereavement Grief Counseling Strategies Across the Lifespan Grief Treatment – Current Evidence-Based Approach to Care

Copyright : 02/05/2020

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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  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®?

Why are these changes still problematic?

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

Future DSM® implications 

Copyright : 09/30/2013