Grief: From Pain to Hope*
Grief encompasses the range of unpleasant emotions that occur after a loss. Grief is most associated with death, but many other types of loss can result in differing levels of grief. It can be a strong and overwhelming emotion. Grief can cause one to feel numb and separated from daily life.
Most can understand the natural reaction to great loss yet the experience is also uniquely personal. No one can fully understand how the grieving person actually feels and how the loss has affected them. Loss and grief are inevitable. It’s part of life to suffer loss from time to time. Grief can occur at any age. Regardless of age, grief is an emotionally painful part of life. The process of grieving can’t be completely controlled but with the knowledge and tools, those suffering from grief can learn to manage and regain clarity in their life purpose and perspective.
Clinicians often struggle to develop effective approaches to counseling grief clients. New research regarding the appropriate diagnosis of grief clients, strategies on how to assess grief severity, and clarification about what is meant by “complicated grief” continue to develop and inform clinical best practice.
This presentation will review the most commonly used models for understanding grief. It will provide you with tools and interventions to more confidently assist clients in navigating the grief process. The presentation will also focus on counselor self-care and discuss how to appropriately manage and care for ourselves in this demanding, yet fulfilling, work.
- Discuss the current models for conceptualizing grief and how these influence treatment planning.
- Analyze and differentiate clinical symptoms to diagnose grief clients appropriately.
- Implement functional interventions for grief counseling adaptable to use with any clients.
- Demonstrate three new interventions to use with bereaved clients.
- Determine when grief has become “complicated” and develop an appropriate treatment strategy.
- Develop strategies of self-awareness and self-care for grief counselors as it relates to clinical practice.
- Lectures 2
- Quizzes 1
- Duration 2 hours
- Skill level Beginner to Intermediate
- Language English
- Students 10
- Certificate Yes
- Assessments Self