CGT is a simple treatment with clear objectives and well-defined strategies and procedures. However, because many therapists find assessing and treating grief-related problems to be challenging and different from other mental health issues, it can take a little while to learn this treatment, which involves integrated strategies and techniques from several evidence based treatment approaches.
We recommend individual case consultation with an experienced CGT therapist as the optimal way to learn how to deliver this treatment effectively. It may also be possible to do group case consultation.
Our experts provide case consultation via phone, Skype or other electronic means. You can arrange just one to three sessions or consider a 16-session package. Contact us for more information.
Assessment Case Consultation
If you are a clinician who is newly familiar with complicated grief you may want some guidance in identifying people with CG and in doing a CG-focused assessment. You may want to be sure you are doing the kind of assessment that you need to deliver CGT effectively. Our expert assessment team can work with you to:
- Recognize and diagnose individuals with CG
- Characterize CG symptoms and other problems
- Deliberate over questions you might have
- Explain our recommendations for next steps
Treatment Case Consultation
You will want to gain experience using CGT in order to deliver it most effectively. The treatment manual we used in our studies is available but it is very difficult to learn a new treatment model by simply following manualized instructions.
We recommend that you work with one of our expert trainers who can answer your questions, listen to audio-recordings of your sessions and help you understand how to effectively implement the treatment strategies and procedures. Our training staff can help you build essential skills and competencies to effectively treat CG, including ways to:
- Structure sessions in a useful and empathically sensitive way
- Explain adaptation to loss in a succinct and clear manner
- Conduct a session to which a significant other has been invited
- Do imaginal revisiting and reflect on this exercise
- Use grief monitoring to enhance self-regulation skills
- Conceptualize and implement situational revisiting
- Effectively implement memories work and imaginal conversation
- Trouble shoot revisiting and other procedures
- Assess your patient’s progress