Grief, Loss, and Bereavement for Healthcare Professionals
Course Author: Ken Doka, Ph.D.
- Define and differentiate the following concepts: grief, mourning, bereavement, anticipatory grief, complicated grief, disenfranchised grief.
- Summarize the ways that grieving is experienced and expressed at varied points within the life cycle.
- Describe the process of grief noting manifestations of grief, the typical courses or pathways of grief, and signs that grief may be more complicated.
- Discuss current theories of grief including Worden’s Task Model, The Dual Process Model, and Meaning Reconstruction.
- Describe approaches to grief support and counseling including support groups, rituals, bibliotherapy, and expressive approaches.
- Demonstrate sensitivities to the varied losses persons may experience such as the loss of a parent, spouse/partner, child, or sibling, as well as losses that may be disenfranchised by the larger community.
- Discuss current approaches to complicated grief, noting changes in the DSM-5 as well as sources of referral.
- Basic Definitions
- Developmental Perspectives
- The Process of Grief
- Current Perspectives of Grief
- Counseling the Bereaved Individual: Strategies and Tools
- Sensitivities in Counseling Particular Types of Losses
- Complications of Grief