Complicated Grief and the Quest for Meaning

Online Course
$20.00 – List Price
$20.00 – Member/Affiliate Price
CE Credits
Exam Items
Although the experience of loss is universal, the paths we take through it can be surprisingly diverse, with some mourners moving through the changed terrain of their lives with surprising resilience, while others encounter severe obstacles or even dead ends. This program reviews evidence bearing on different trajectories through bereavement, both adaptive and maladaptive, and considers the relevance of attachment theory and meaning reconstruction processes in explaining the latter and promoting the former. Drawing on narrative and neurological models, amply illustrated with clinical material and scientific research, this course examines complicated grief as a profound disruption of both the bonds that tie us to others and the self-narrative that gives us a sense of coherence over time, and offers concrete tools for its conceptualization and diagnosis.

Part of the APA Online Academy Professional Development Presentation Campus.  

Learning Objectives
  • Identify five different trajectories through bereavement and their defining features 
  • Explain the role of attachment and meaning-making in responding to loss 
  • List the diagnostic criteria of complicated grief and its attendant risks for adverse medical and psychological outcomes.
Robert Neimeyer, PhD
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