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How is the grief process impacted when someone is taken away suddenly, traumatically, or violently? Helping our client’s navigate the grief journey following what appears to be a meaningless death can be difficult for both the clinician and the client. The client’s worldview has been altered, as they question everything they knew to be true. Who am I now? What does this mean? These are among a couple of the questions asked after a loss. Treatment interventions need to be tailored in order to assist a client. Jessica Hutchison will identify how bereavement following a sudden, traumatic, or violent loss is different than that of a natural death. She will introduce models of grief that will improve grief and loss supports for clients. Lastly, Jessica will introduce specific interventions to assist the newly bereaved with making sense out of what appears to be a senseless death.
Grief is a normal part of life. Yet when someone losses a loved one suddenly and unexpectedly, a new level of mourning is introduced to the newly bereaved. Trauma, a sense of abandonment, guilt, anger and revenge, depression, and anxiety are just a few of the negative outcomes of a traumatic loss.
In this continuing education course attendees are introduced to both traumatic loss and complicated grief. What constitutes a traumatic loss and how this loss complicates the grief process will be discussed utilizing current empirical studies and qualitative research. Attendees will obtain knowledge on how to identify symptoms of complicated grief enabling them to rule out other diagnoses such as PTSD and Major Depressive Disorder. Practical assessments will be introduced to assist with identification of complicated grief. Research supported interventions for treating complicated grief after a traumatic loss will be outlined. This presentation will give attendees the opportunity to apply the skills taught throughout the presentation by utilizing case studies and encouraging open discussion.