Treating Anxiety in Bereavement: What All Grief Counselors Need to Know

Therese Rando, PhD, BCETS, BCBT

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Noon - 1:30 p.m. CST

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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.

Learning Objectives

After participating in this webinar, attendees will be able to:

  1. Identify the functional roles of anxiety after the death of a loved one.
  2. Explain the critical importance of addressing the brain and its physiology when treating mourners.
  3. List at least two intervention strategies under each of the four areas of anxiety manifestation – physiological, psychological, social, and behavioral.

About the Instructor

Therese 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 illness.

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 Association.

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