A Person-Centered/Emotion-Focused Approach to Grief Counseling
With Dale G. Larson, Ph.D.
Recorded October 2018
Our understanding of grief and the needs of grieving persons has advanced significantly in recent years, but these insights are typically not connected to specific counseling theory and practices which could then provide a foundation for effective grief counseling. This webinar will present a rationale for a person-centered/emotion-focused approach as this foundation, drawing upon my chapter (“A person-centered approach to grief counseling”) in The handbook of person-centered psychotherapy and counseling, and the work of Rogers, Gendlin, Greenberg, Paivio, Bohart, Larson, and others. We will first examine how the person-centered approach and its elaboration and development as Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), fit with contemporary theories of grief and mourning and the needs of bereaved persons. Examples of the approach in action will then be presented, with a special focus on experiential interventions that can facilitate getting grief working for our clients.