Manual & Other Tools

*All materials are in PDF format only and available for immediate download.

Downloadable Materials – Free of Charge

 

Brief Grief Questionnaire (BGQ)

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A 5-item questionnaire that can be used as a telephone, in person or self-report screening tool.

 

Complicated Grief and Its Treatment: A Handout for Patients, Friends and Family Members (short version)

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A brief version of the original handout for patients and their families which provides a simpler and much shorter overview of some of the basic information about grief, adaptation to loss, complicated grief and CGT.

 

Managing Difficult Times (short version)

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A brief version of the original handout for patients, friends, and family members with information and worksheets to help people recognize, anticipate and manage difficult times.

Manual & Assessment Instrument Packet

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Complicated Grief Treatment (CGT) is a 16-session, evidence-based approach that helps resolve grief complications and facilitate the natural adaptive process. By following the instructions in this manual and using other training supports as needed, you can learn to administer a simple, highly effective treatment that can change the lives of people caught in a seemingly endless cycle of grief. Available in PDF format only.

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A set of simple CG symptom-focused questionnaires used to identify and characterize CG. These instruments were also designed to track progress through the manualized 16-session treatment. Available in PDF format only.

You can also purchase individual assessment tools below.

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Bundle Includes: The Complicated Grief Treatment Manual, Assessment Instrument Packet, CG and Its Treatment Handout (long version), and Managing Difficult Times (long version). Available in PDF format only.

Handouts

A 50+ page handout for patients and their families that describes the model of bereavement, grief and adaptation to loss used to understand complicated grief and guide CGT. This handout provides an overview of the attachment theory model used in CGT and explains the various experiences involved in acute grief including a range of emotions and how the emotions can be used. Available in PDF format only.

A 20+ page handout for patients, friends, and family members that describes the concept of difficult times and provides some suggestions and worksheets to help people anticipate and manage calendar days that can trigger surges of grief.Available in PDF format only.

Assessment Instruments

A semi-structured clinical interview that can be easily administered and used to identify individuals suffering from complicated grief. Available in PDF format only.

A 15-item questionnaire that asks the patient to rate the degree of avoidance of specific situations related to bereavement. Available in PDF format only.

A 25-item questionnaire that asks the patient to rate the extent to which they believe various statements related to the loss. This is an efficient way to elicit some of the common maladaptive beliefs that can interfere with adaptation to loss. Available in PDF format only.


A way of eliciting information about people who have been supportive since the loss and those who have been actively unsupportive. Available in PDF format only.

A list of close friends and relatives the patient has lost and a rating of how difficult this loss was. This instrument can help a therapist decide if there are other important losses that need to be addressed. Available in PDF format only.

This form asks people to rate how difficult they find certain calendar dates (e.g. anniversary of the death, birthdays, wedding anniversary, holiday times, and any other difficult time). Anticipating which dates are likely to trigger grief is important in working with someone with complicated grief. Available in PDF format only.