About the Webinar
Research suggests that anxiety is the preeminent emotion in acute
grief, as well as a primary indicator of complicated
mourning. Despite this, many grief counselors fail to appreciate
the importance of anxiety and tend to focus relatively more attention on
other emotions, such as depression, anger, and guilt. This is
unfortunate, since anxiety after a loved one’s loss is often a
significant concern and can create many problematic reactions, whether
such anxiety is at “normal” levels (as found in
uncomplicated acute grief) or rises to the level of post-traumatic
distress, as found after traumatic deaths. This webinar will focus
on explaining the critical role of anxiety in all types of bereavement
and will give an overview of strategies for effective intervention.
After participating in this
webinar, attendees will be able to:
- Identify the functional roles of anxiety after the death of a loved
- Explain the critical importance of addressing the brain and its
physiology when treating mourners.
- List at least two intervention strategies under each of the four
areas of anxiety manifestation – physiological, psychological,
social, and behavioral.
About the Instructor
Rando, PhD, BCETS, BCBT, is a clinical psychologist in Warwick, Rhode
Island and serves as the Clinical Director of the Institute for the
Study and Treatment of Loss, which provides mental health services
through psychotherapy, training, supervision, and consultation. Her work
specializes in: loss and grief; traumatic stress; and the psychosocial
care of persons with chronic, life-threatening, or terminal illness, and
their loved ones. Since 1970, she has consulted, conducted research,
provided therapy, written, and lectured internationally in areas related
to loss, grief, illness, dying, and trauma. She also has provided expert
witness testimony in legal proceedings involving illness or bereavement.
Current professional foci include treatment of complicated mourning,
loss of a child, the interface between post-traumatic stress and grief,
anticipatory mourning, specialized intervention techniques in the
treatment of traumatic bereavement, and the integration of EMDR into
intervention with grief and mourning.
Dr. Rando holds a doctoral degree in psychology from the University
of Rhode Island and has received advanced training in psychotherapy and
in medical consultation-liaison psychiatry at Case Western Reserve
University Medical School and University Hospitals of Cleveland. A
former consultant to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services'
Hospice Education Program for Nurses, she developed its program for
training hospice nurses to cope with loss, grief, and terminal
Dr. Rando has 80 written works pertaining to the clinical aspects of
thanatology. She is the author of Treatment of Complicated
Mourning (1993); How To Go On Living When Someone You Love
Dies (1991); and Grief, Dying, and Death: Clinical
Interventions for Caregivers (1984); and is a co-author of
Treating Traumatic Bereavement: A Practitioner’s
Guide (2014). She serves on the editorial boards of Death
Studies and Omega. She is a national media resource expert
in dying, death, loss, and trauma for the American Psychological
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