Early Intervention Approaches to Bolster Resilience after Traumatic Loss
With Alyssa A. Rheingold, Ph.D.
Recorded February 2019
Violent forms of death and dying are tragically commonplace in the United States, with as many as 50% of adults losing a loved one to violence, accidents, or disasters at some point during their lifetime (Kilpatrick et al., 2013). Further, communities are increasingly being exposed to mass violence incidents (Watson, Gibson, & Ruzek, 2007). Grief and bereavement are universal human experiences to loss of a loved one. However, because of the sudden and often gruesome nature of many of these losses, family members and close friends of the deceased are at risk for a number of often co-occurring mental health problems, including posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and prolonged grief /complicated grief (Amick-McMullen, Kilpatrick, Resnick, 1991; Kaltman & Bonanno, 2003; McDevitt-Murphy, Neimeyer, Burke, Williams, & Lawson, 2012; Zinzow, Rheingold, Hawkins, Saunders, & Kilpatrick, 2009). While there is no one right way to grieve, there are early intervention approaches that may facilitate healthy coping and bolster resilience with traumatic loss. This webinar will provide an overview of mental health challenges faced by traumatically bereaved persons as well as define resilience as it applies to grief. An introduction to the basic concepts of an early intervention approach, Skills for Psychological Recovery, that has been tailored to the needs of traumatic bereaved individuals will be reviewed. Practices for bolstering resilience in the acute phase of grief will be taught.