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Off-Site Workshop
Complicated Grief and Its Treatment

March 25, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm


Despite the difficulty of losing a loved one, over time most people find a way to come to terms with the loss, reshape their relationship with the person who died, and restore a sense of meaning and purpose in their own lives. However, for an important subgroup troubling thoughts and feelings, problematic behaviors or inadequate can derail this process and result in the development of complicated grief (CG).

CG is 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 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. Workshop participants will learn to recognize and assess complicated grief and will know the core elements of an evidence based short term intervention.

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify natural facilitators of adaptation and impediments (i.e.”grief complications”) of adaptation
  2. Conduct an assessment to determine if a client is suffering from CG
  3. Recognize similarities and differences between CG, PTSD and MDD
  4. Evaluate the approach used in CGT to resolve complications and facilitate the natural adaptive process


M. Katherine Shear, M.D.

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Mission Hospice & Home Care
Ste 300, 1670 S Amphlett Blvd #300
San Mateo, CA 94402 United States