Middle-aged and older adults experience the deaths of pets, friends, parents, siblings, and life partners. Other losses can be related to declining health, moves, and loss of roles that have been important parts of personal identity. This webinar features clinical strategies to support clients’ healthy grieving processes and management of daily life tasks. Screening and assessment tools are reviewed to aid clinicians in distinguishing normative grief reactions from prolonged grief disorder, with implications for treatment planning and implementation. An emphasis will be on grief therapy strategies that are responsive to the needs of culturally diverse aging clients, including within the context of telehealth. Case examples are provided to support the efforts of practitioners from a range of disciplines (e.g., social work, counselling, marriage and family therapy, nursing, clinical psychology) in busy clinical practices.
- Describe key differences between normative grief reactions and DSM-V-TR Prolonged Grief Disorder
- Discuss the rationale and technique for at least three culturally responsive strategies to support healthy grieving
- Identify at least two self-care strategies that promote healthy grieving