Practice-Focused Training in Complicated Grief Therapy

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Presentation of 7 core themes used in evidence-based grief therapy; demonstration + practice of skills.

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*The workshop will run from 9:00am - 5:00pm on both Friday and Saturday.

The faculty at the Center for Complicated Grief offers this workshop covering principles, and practice of a 16-session treatment complicated grief therapy (CGT) that you can use for clients with complicated grief. You will learn how to implement CGT using active empathic listening, brief personalized interventions, companionship alliance, and a series of targeted procedures. You will learn how to use a grief monitoring diary to help clients understand and accept grief and optimize their ability to manage emotional pain. You will learn to help clients think about the future and strengthen relationships with loved ones and others in their community. With this background, you will learn how to help clients tell the story of the death, live with reminders and connect with memories of the deceased. You will find the course to be highly interactive with brief faculty presentations. In addition to group discussions we will have extensive in-depth discussion of video examples of core treatment procedures.

Please note that CG assessment and differential diagnosis will not be covered in this workshop. This is a focus of The Big Picture: Principles and Procedures workshop.

Learning objectives

1. Explain to a client the terms grief, adaptation to loss, and complicated grief

2. Create a personalized case formulation

3. Demonstrate to a client how to use the grief monitoring diary

4. Utilize the strategies and procedures of aspirational goals work, imaginal and situational revisiting, and imaginal correspondence in practice with clients

Who should attend?

Licensed mental health professionals who want to use CGT to help bereaved people. This includes psychologists, social workers, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychiatrists, and nurses.

Prerequisite Requirement

Please read the CGT Manual in advance of the workshop. A PDF of the manual will be available upon registration in your confirmation email.

Ticket Information

All fees have been reduced by 30% in response to COVID-19 and reflected in the ticket price below and when registering.

Registration Fee: $420.00

Registration includes:

  • PDF of CGT Manual and Assessment Instrument Packet in advance of the workshop

Registration to this event is offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Our workshops have sold out in the past, so register early. The registration deadline is 48 hours before the workshop begins. Please note that registration will be closed once all of our slots are filled, which may be in advance of this deadline.

CE Information

The Center for Complicated Grief at Columbia School of Social Work is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for NYS licensed social workers (provider #0021), licensed mental health counselors (#MHC-0104), and licensed marriage and family therapists (#MFT-0080). This program is approved for 13 continuing education contact hours.

The Center for Complicated Grief at Columbia School of Social Work is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Center for Complicated Grief maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Please note that, in order to receive your continuing education certificate, you must attend the entire workshop and complete the evaluation. There is a 15-minute grace period. Any participant who arrives past 9:15 AM OR leaves earlier than 4:45 PM will not receive CE credits. Refunds are not provided for late arrivals or early departures. Please plan accordingly.

Refund and Transfer Policy

Fees will be refunded, less a processing fee including EventBrite fees, if written notification to the Center for Complicated Grief (training@complicatedgrief.columbia.edu) is received by two weeks prior to the workshop date. After this time, registrations will not be refunded.

If written notification is received by the Center for Complicated Grief (training@complicatedgrief.columbia.edu) 24 hours prior to the workshop date, we can provide transfer credit less a processing fee to another one of our workshops, these do not include CSSW OPE. There will be no exceptions to this policy.

Special Accommodations and Grievance Policy

For information on special accommodations or our grievance policy, click visit: https://socialwork.columbia.edu/policy-and-privacy-statements/special-accommodations-grievance-policy/.

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