The past two years have heightened our awareness of loss and grief, from our increased need to support patients and families through loss, to our own profound grief with losses in our workplaces and personal lives. This session will explore current thinking, trends, and clinical implications for approaching grief that arises from both death and non-death loss experiences. Specific focus will be upon identifying the unique presentations of different types of loss experiences and their clinical implications.
Darcy L. Harris, R.N., R.S.W., M.Ed. (Couns.), Ph.D., FT is a Professor in the Thanatology Department at King’s University College in London, Canada, where she also maintains a private clinical practice specializing in issues related to change, loss, and transition. In addition, she is a faculty member of the Portland Institute for Loss and Transition, dedicated to training in grief therapy leading toward Certification in Meaning Reconstruction in Loss. She has served on the board of directors of the Association for Death Education and Counselling and is a current member of the International Work Group on Death, Dying, and Bereavement.
Darcy’s work has also been published extensively. (Her upcoming book, Compassion-Based Approaches to Loss and Grief, will be published in 2022.) She is also the series co-editor for Routledge Publishing Company’s Death, Dying, and Bereavement Series and is an internationally-recognized speaker.
By completion of this course, successful students will be able to:
- Identify the difference between grief and various mental health challenges.
- Understand different types of loss experiences and their unique manifestations.
- Explore clinical approaches that may be helpful with those who are grieving.