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Grief Treatment
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$379.97 USD
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[+] [-] 050940 - Grief in the DSM-5®: Changes in Diagnosing Grief-Related Disorders
  1. Recognize how the current research in the field of bereavement is related to the changes that made in the DSM-5®
  2. Review the changes in the DSM-5® and respond to those changes in differential diagnosing
  3. Learn why the changes made in the DSM-5® are still problematic
  4. Recognize the implications in regard to future editions of the DSM®

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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. Explain the unique experience created by different types of loss in relation to assessment and treatment planning.
  3. Describe a client’s understanding of death and response to grief from a developmental perspective across the lifespan.
  4. Identify 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. Identify specific creative counseling interventions that engage the individual, couple or family in the process of grief.

[+] [-] 050940 - Grief in the DSM-5®: Changes in Diagnosing Grief-Related Disorders
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

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Grief Theory Beyond Kübler-Ross
  • Tasks of Mourning
  • Dual Process Model of Coping
  • Continuing Bonds Theory
  • Grief and Attachment Theory
  • Potential criteria for “Persistent Complex Bereavement Disorder”
  • Two creative interventions articulating these theories
Circumstances of Bereavement
  • Implications of Specific losses
    • Pre-loss factors
    • Relationship influence
    • Type of and proximity to death
    • Disenfranchised losses
    • Living losses
Grief Counseling Strategies Across the Lifespan
  • Childhood and adolescence
    • The occurrence of grief
    • Developmental understanding of death
    • Grief responses and adaptation to loss
    • Six creative age appropriate interventions
  • Young and middle adulthood
    • Grief circumstances
    • Life stages and individual needs
    • Assessments and interventions
    • Family Systems
      • The family narrative
      • Use the Internal Family Systems Approach
    • Six creative interventions appropriate for middle adulthood
  • Older adulthood
    • Type of loss
    • Grief responses and perception of death
    • Treatment strategies based on developmental needs
    • Six creative interventions specific for older adults
Grief Treatment – Current Evidence-Based Approach to Care
  • Typical Trajectory Griever
    • Limitations to grief counseling/assessing effectiveness
    • Assessment tools
    • Expressive arts
    • Companioning model
    • Therapeutic presence
    • Narrative therapy
    • Creating space for suffering
    • Limitations of the client-centered approach
  • Complicated Griever
    • Assessment tools
    • CBT
    • Complicated Grief Treatment Model
    • Grief and trauma intervention
    • Meaning reconstruction
  • Ethical Considerations
    • Socio-cultural context
    • Gender bias
    • Pitfalls in treating the family system
    • Grief in the digital universe
    • Spirituality and grief
    • Personal death anxiety
    • Countertransference
    • The wounded healer
    • Occupational stress
    • The grieving therapist
    • Self-care



Dr. Christina Zampitella, Psy.D., 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.


Alissa Drescher, MA, LPC, is a highly sought after speaker addressing topics related to grief and mourning, and is known for her creative, interactive and story-telling presentation style. She began working in the field of bereavement services in 2006, offering encouragement to grieving parents. Alissa’s passion for supporting people through the grief process led to counseling both grieving children and adults in individual and group settings.

At the Tristesse Grief Center in Tulsa, OK, she served as Senior Program Director, overseeing a variety of programming including the Healing Hearts Camp, Oklahoma’s first overnight camp for grieving children and teens (now Camp Erin Tulsa). Alissa was an adjunct professor at Southern Nazarene University teaching several undergraduate counseling courses including Death, Grief and Loss. After relocating to Tennessee, Alissa became the founder/Executive Director of the Grief Center of Middle Tennessee, whose mission is to help children, teens and adults cope with loss and change.

Alissa is a Fellow in Thanatology: Death, Dying & Bereavement and holds a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy with a focus in Play Therapy. She is also a member of the Association of Death Education and Counseling and the National Alliance for Grieving Children.
Continuing Education Credits Awarded for Completion of Entire Package
[+] [-] Combined Continuing Education Credit From All Components
Breakdown of Continuing Education Credits by Components
[+] [-] 050940 - Grief in the DSM-5®: Changes in Diagnosing Grief-Related Disorders
[+] [-] 054450 - Grief Treatment
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