Attend a Two-Day Workshop

March 12-13 (9am - 5pm EST both days): Practice-Focused Training in Complicated Grief Therapy. Presenters: Bonnie Gorscak, PhD, Natalia Skritskaya, PhD, & Nancy Turret, LCSW. 13.0 CEs. Register now.

The faculty at the Center for Complicated Grief offers this workshop covering principles and practice of a 16-session treatment complicated grief therapy (CGT) that you can use for clients with CG. You will learn how to implement CGT using active empathic listening, brief personalized interventions, a Sherpa-like companionship alliance, and a series of targeted procedures. You will learn how to use a grief monitoring diary to help clients understand and accept grief and optimize their ability to manage emotional pain. You will learn to help clients think about the future and strengthen relationships with loved ones and others in their community. With this background, you will learn how to help clients tell the story of the death, live with reminders and connect with memories of the deceased. You will find the course to be highly interactive with brief faculty presentations.  In addition to group discussions we will have extensive in-depth discussion of video examples of core treatment procedures.

The Center for Complicated Grief at Columbia School of Social Work is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for NYS licensed social workers (provider #0021), licensed mental health counselors (#MHC-0104), and licensed marriage and family therapists (#MFT-0080). This program is approved for 13.0 continuing education contact hours.

*Please note that many state boards will recognize our events for CE credit as our Center is part of a regionally accredited postsecondary institution. Please confirm with your board.

The Center for Complicated Grief at Columbia School of Social Work is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Center for Complicated Grief maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Attend a One-Day Workshop

The Big Picture: Complicated Grief Therapy Principles and Procedures. Spring 2021 date to be announced soon.

The Center for Complicated Grief’s workshops focus on knowledge and skills needed to work with complicated grief (CG) using a time-limited, targeted psychotherapy that has been tested and proven efficacious in three large NIMH-funded randomized controlled trials.

This one-day workshop is designed to provide a conceptual framework for understanding grief and adaptation to loss generally and in relation to CG. We include strategies and procedures for screening, diagnosis and assessment of individuals with CG and discuss how to differentiate this condition from major depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. We provide an overview of complicated grief therapy (CGT) and introduce some simple, practical procedures that you can use in your practice.

Guest Lecture Series

Our Guest Lecture Series provides an opportunity to hear from invited professionals and experts on a variety of topics.

March 26, 2021 (10am - 6pm EST): Meet the Challenge of Caring: Finding Balance and Enhancing Resilience. Presenter: Dale Larson, PhD. 6.5 CEs. Register now.

Working with people confronting grief, loss, trauma, illness and tragedy in all its forms is an intensely personal endeavor, bringing us into contact with the deepest parts of ourselves, and exposing us to the well-documented risks of burnout, moral distress, and compassion fatigue.

However, a growing body of research and clinical wisdom now also tells us we can exert significant control over stress and its effects on us, and that we can often even wrest personal and professional growth from it. These positive outcomes are linked to an array of coping strategies and skills for strengthening emotional resilience, optimizing self-care, and increasing clinical effectiveness emerging from the fields of positive psychology, neurobiology, and psychotherapy.

In this workshop we will explore ten of these key strategies and skills, including balanced empathy, mindfulness, cognitive-affective stress management techniques, self-compassion, strengthened social support, and a deepened sense of purpose and mission in the work. With these building blocks of resilience in place, we can counter exhaustion with vigor, moral distress with moral courage, and our suffering as helpers with its restorative meaning; we can transform and transcend stress, fulfill our purpose in the work, and live a life aligned with cherished values. This day of support and learning is meant to provide an opportunity to reflect on how you can find balance on the helping journey—balance between the demands you face and the resources you have to meet them, between giving to others and giving to yourself.

The Center for Complicated Grief at Columbia School of Social Work is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for NYS licensed social workers (provider #0021), licensed mental health counselors (#MHC-0104), and licensed marriage and family therapists (#MFT-0080). This program is approved for 6.5 continuing education contact hours.

*Please note that many state boards will recognize our events for CE credit as our Center is part of a regionally accredited post-secondary institution. Please confirm with your board.

The Center for Complicated Grief at Columbia School of Social Work is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Center for Complicated Grief maintains responsibility for this program and its content.