Santa Clara University

Benson Memorial Center


Aug 24, 2013
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Loyola Hall
Cost : $140

**Cancelled!** Counseling for Grief and Loss: Innovations in Theory and Technique


Course # - CPSY x680
Loyola Hall Room 160
Credit Hours: 6

**This workshop has been cancelled.**

Course Objectives:

  • Describe recent innovations in models of grief and grief counseling
  • Discuss clinical implications of recent developments in grief counseling research and the DSM-5
  • Identify and use specific process-experiential and cognitive-behavioral interventions with clients facing grief and loss.
  • Describe the elements of a person-centered approach to grief counseling developed by Dr. Larson
  • Organize treatment plans around the goal of getting grief working for clients
  • Distinguish compassion fatigue and burnout and identify specific antidotes to both 

Course Description:

A growing number of therapists are specializing in work with clients facing grief and loss, and all therapists will at some time find their clients struggling with these issues, whether it be the loss of a loved one through death or illness, the loss of a relationship, or the loss of personal health. In this seminar, Dr. Larson brings together innovations in theory and practice that will enhance your efficacy and personal growth as a therapist counseling clients facing grief and loss. Because loss is such an inescapable part of life, one that is present in all stressful events, the concepts and skills focused on in this class are applicable across all counseling situations and in our personal lives as well.   
The seminar will explore recent developments in theory, research and treatment, including the diagnosis and treatment of complicated grief; differential diagnosis of bereavement-related depression and major depressive disorder; continuing bonds with the deceased and the reworking of shattered assumptions; the role and clinical implications of emotion regulation processes (e.g., experiential avoidance, thought suppression, rumination) in normal and complicated grief;  clinical applications of the Worden, Stroebe and Shear models of grief and grief counseling;  a person-centered approach to grief counseling recently outlined by the instructor; secrets and self-concealment in grief and loss; the Helper's Pit and  techniques for maintaining balanced emotional involvement with distressed clients; and strategies for enhancing personal growth as a therapist working with these profound existential and therapeutic issues.


Dale G. Larson, Ph.D. (U. C. Berkeley) is a Professor of Counseling Psychology at Santa Clara University, where he directs the graduate Health Psychology Program. A national leader in end-of-life research, theory, and training, he is a Fulbright Scholar, a Fellow in the American Psychological Association, and the recipient of numerous awards for his contributions to end-of-life care. The author of the award-winning book, The Helper's Journey: Working With People Facing Grief, Loss, and Life-Threatening Illness, he has published widely on counseling and health issues, self-concealment , stress theory, and counseling skills, and has had a clinical practice for more than 25 years. His undergraduate degree in psychology is from the University of Chicago, and his doctorate is in clinical psychology from U. C. Berkeley. Dale Larson?s ability to translate theory and research into effective clinical practice has made him a popular speaker at national and international conferences.
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