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Center Workshop
Level 1: Complicated Grief

May 12 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm


The Center for Complicated Grief’s workshops focus on self-awareness, knowledge and skills needed to work with complicated grief, a debilitating bereavement-related condition diagnosed as an adjustment disorder in DSM-5.

In this one-day workshop we focus primarily on how to identify and evaluate people with CG, how to understand what they are experiencing and how to facilitate natural processes of adaptation to loss.  We also introduce participants to the principles and procedures used in Complicated Grief Treatment (CGT), the time-limited, targeted psychotherapy that has been tested and proven efficacious in three large NIMH-funded randomized controlled trials.

Learning Objectives

Through a combination of didactic content, experiential exercises and group discussions, you will learn how to:

  • Evaluate the concept of psychological immunity (i.e. natural adaptive process) as it relates to loss and grief
  • Identify natural facilitators of adaptation
  • Analyze characteristics of acute and integrated grief and consider how they are related to each other
  • Identify impediments (i.e.”grief complications”) of adaptation
  • Conduct an assessment to determine if a client is suffering from CG
  • Recognize similarities and differences between CG, PTSD and MDD
  • Evaluate the approach used in CGT to resolve complications and facilitate the natural adaptive process


Who should attend?

  • Any member of a helping profession that works with grief
  • Graduate student in an accredited health or mental health program that works with grief


Ticket Information

Professional Registration Fee: $250.00

Student Registration Fee:$125.00
Student enrolled in an accredited graduate health or mental health program. Proof of enrollment required.

Group Registration Fee: $200.00
Ticket price per attendee for groups of 5 or more
Registration to this event is offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. The registration deadline is Thursday, May 11th at 12 noon EST. Please note that registration will be closed once all of our slots are filled, which may be in advance of this deadline. All registration sales are online only, no exceptions.

CE Information

CEAP-LogoThis program is approved for 6.5 continuing education contact hours by:

  • New York State Education Department State Board for Social Work (provider #0021)
  • National Association of Social Workers (approval #886737008-0)

NJ Social Workers: The NJ State Board of Social Work Examiners has approved programs at CSWE accredited institutions as a source of continuing education hours. Columbia School of Social Work is a CSWE accredited institution.

Refund/Cancellation Policies

Please email the Center immediately at training@complicatedgrief.columbia.edu if you are unable to attend.  Registration fees can be refunded if cancellation is made at least 5 business days prior to the workshop (cancellation must be made by Friday, May 5th). If cancellation is not made within 5 business days, we cannot guarantee that registration can be transferred to another workshop.


Columbia University makes every effort to accommodate individuals with disabilities. If you require accommodations to attend an event at Columbia University, please contact the Office of Disability Services at 212-854-2388 or disability@columbia.edu at least 5 days in advance of the event.


Columbia School of Social Work
1255 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10027 United States


Center for Complicated Grief