Our Research Talks provide an opportunity to hear from invited professionals about interesting research findings and new ideas relevant to bereavement and grief.

Upcoming Webinars

March 22, 2019: 12:00pm - 1:00pm EST: GriefSteps for Parents: A free digital resource for bereavement families. Presenter: M. Katherine Shear, MD. Register now.

Griefsteps is a free digital program that provides a guide for parents to effectively support their bereaved children. This program is based on the philosophy that grief emerges naturally after a loss and finds a place in our lives. This webinar will provide an overview of the GriefSteps’ philosophy, content and features, and offer suggestions for ways you can use this program to enhance your work with clients.

April 26, 2019: 12:00pm - 1:00pm EST: Understanding and addressing the needs of bereaved military families: Coping strategies and outcomes. 1.0 CE available. Presenter: Stephen Cozza, MD. Registration opens soon.

Past Webinars 

International Panel Discussion on ICD-11 Prolonged Grief Disorder. 1.5 CE available. Presenter: Andreas Maercker, MD PhD, Lars Melhum, MD PhD, Christine Mauro, PhD.

This 90-minute webinar focuses on the clinical presentation of prolonged, impairing grief. Dr. Andreas Maercker (Switzerland) discusses ICD-11 diagnostic guidelines for Prolonged Grief Disorder. Dr. Lars Melhum (Norway) discusses differential diagnostic issues, with a particular focus on co-occurring conditions (such as major depression and post-traumatic stress disorder). Dr. Christine Mauro discusses how different diagnostic approaches compare to each other, and which ones are most useful treatment planning. Drs. Katherine Shear and Charles Reynolds moderate the webinar to promote discussion among presenters and with participants in the audience. At the conclusion of the webinar, participants will be able to apply ICD-11 guidelines in clinical practice, with appropriate attention to co-occurring psychiatric disorders, for purposes of treatment planning.

Loss, resilience, and prolonged grief: Mapping the heterogeneity of grief reactions as latent trajectory and networks. Recording coming soon. 1 CE available. Presenter: George Bonanno, PhD.

The death of a loved one is difficult for everyone. But research has consistently shown marked individual variation in the course and severity of grief reactions. Dr. Bonanno discusses the limitations of traditional perspectives on loss that focus only on psychopathology (i.e., prolonged and severe grief reactions) and will describe his research of the past 25 years that has mapped prototypical trajectories of response to traumatic and aversive events, including loss. This work has identified different patterns of prolonged grief, recovery, and resilience. Finally, he considers recent controversies about the nature of prolonged grief by comparing different conceptualizations of grief using both latent trajectory modeling and analyses of symptom networks.

Writing After Loss: What Grief Memoirs Teach Us. Recording coming soon. 1 CE available. Presenter: Maite Snauewart, PhD.

Memoir writers describe the experience of grief firsthand with all of its complexity and nuance. These literary works are often blunt, realistic, and brutally honest often including humour or self-deprecation.  They use imagery that is haunting and beautiful that can deepen understanding of the grief experience. Grief memoirs shed light on the often erratic, highly personal process of adaptation to loss.

This presentation will share observations from Professor Snauewart’s research on mourning memoirs. It will highlight similarities in clinical and literary thinking that can enhance clinical understanding of acute and integrated grief.

Managing Pre-Death Grief: A CBT-based grief intervention for dementia caregivers. Recording coming soon. 1 CE available for $20 fee. Presenter: Franziska Meichsner, PhD.

Pre-death grief is among the most debilitating aspects of caring for a loved one with dementia. Grief is a natural response to witnessing changes in the care recipient’s personality and experiencing multiple losses in the relationship with the person over the course of the disease. However, caregivers are often unaware that their painful emotional, cognitive, and physical experiences are related to grief or try to avoid such reactions. The webinar presents the development of a grief-specific intervention for caregivers and its integration into a larger CBT-based program. The application of intervention strategies is illustrated using a case example and insights into the effectiveness of the program are provided.

Suicide Bereavement and Complicated Grief. Recording coming soon. 1 CE available for $20 fee. Presenter: Sidney Zisook, MD.

Suicide survivors are at increased risk for developing complicated grief. They often experience guilt or feelings of responsibility for their loved ones death and have trouble shaking the idea that this death could have been prevented. This webinar reviews preliminary research from a multi-center study comparing assessment and treatment of CG in suicide loss survivors to those with CG after other kinds of loss.