Normative and Prolonged Grief: Proven and Effective Clinical Interventions to Help Your Clients Process Grief and Loss

Presented by Christina Zampitella Psy.D., FT 

Live Streaming on November 14, 2024


6 Hours | Pre-approved for CEU’s


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This workshop is part of The Many Pathways to Healing Conference: Clinical Interventions in the Treatment of Trauma, Grief & Loss

This workshop will be live streaming to online participants on November 14, 2024 from 8:30am – 4:00pm (Calgary, AB)
Please adjust your start time according to your specific time zone. 

Recorded footage and all course content (certificate, videos, quiz) will be available until December 16, 2024. Extensions cannot be granted under any circumstances.
Please allow 5 – 7 business days after the course airs for recorded footage to become available.

Registration will close on November 12, 2024. 

Normative and Prolonged Grief: Proven and Effective Clinical Interventions to Help Your Clients Process Grief and Loss | PRESENTED BY Christina Zampitella, Psy.D., FT

Mental health and healthcare professionals are faced with the often misunderstood and misdiagnosed symptoms of normative and prolonged grief. Formal education rarely, if ever, provides extensive enough training to accurately identify and treat those who are grieving. Unfortunately, grieving clients are diagnosed incorrectly because symptoms can mimic normative or prolonged grief. The grieving process is often pathologized, or misdiagnosed, resulting in potential exacerbation of the presenting issues because inappropriate interventions are utilized. As a result, those who are grieving are often inadvertently disenfranchised by providers, which can make the professional support they sought to reconstruct their previously shattered identities and worldviews ineffective, and even, at time, exacerbate other mental health difficulties. It is essential to be versed in identifying grief related constructs that may underlie, or even cause, mental health and behavior associated problems.

This presentation aims to provide current, research based information on the grieving process, clarify misconceptions of outdated theories, and differentiate between normative and prolonged grief. It also examines the changes in conceptualization, differential diagnosing, and effective, clinically proven interventions that may be utilized with grieving individuals and families. Attendees will leave with an improved clinical skill set they can immediately apply to identify and treat their clients.

  • Define and differentiate both “normative” and “prolonged” bereavement
  • Identify and work effectively with individuals who experience disenfranchised losses
  • Describe why the stage model of the grieving process is no longer utilized to inform treatment planning or develop interventions, while introducing modern theories of bereavement processes
  • Discuss and describe changes to the DSM-5-TR as it relates to normative and prolonged bereavement
  • Learn how to make effective and accurate differential diagnoses to inform appropriate interventions
  • Learn and utilize multiple creative, clinically proven effective interventions to support both those with normative and prolonged grief

Clinical Professionals: All mental health professionals including, but not limited to Clinical Counsellors, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Social Workers, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Hospice and Palliative Care Workers, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, Addiction Specialists, Marital & Family Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Vocational Rehabilitation Consultants, School Counsellors, Behaviour Specialists, Rehabilitation Consultants, Geriatric Specialists, and all professionals looking to enhance their therapeutic skills.

Christina Zampitella Psy.D., FT is a licensed clinical psychologist, Fellow of Thanatology, founder and owner of The Center for Grief and Trauma Therapy, co-owner and Director of Clinical Services of Integrative Psychology Group. She often works as an adjunct professor and professional speaker, and especially enjoys training emerging mental health professionals. Dr. Zampitella is the host of her podcast, Phoenix Rising with Dr. Z. She focuses her clinical practice, research, course development, and teaching on bereavement studies, spirituality, nature-based therapy, and integrative psychology. She served as the chair for the Continuing Education Committee for several professional institutions and is an advisory board member of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS). She is the former resident psychologist for Fox 5 News in San Diego, and often appeared on NBC News. She has been featured in Elle Magazine, BuzzFeed, The Huffington Post, New York Post, and several Delaware Magazines and newspapers. Dr. Zampitella happily lives with her husband, three-bonus sons, three cats, and her dog in Delaware.

RegistrationEarly bird FeeRegular Fee
Individual 1 Day Enrollment$269.00N/A
Individual 2 Day Enrollment$469.00N/A
Individual 3 Day Enrollment$669.00N/A
Full-Time Student$609.00N/A

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