Grief Therapy and the Reconstruction of Meaning

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CE Credit: 3

Length: 1 hour 45 minutes

Exam Items: 15

A central process in healing after loss entails reconstruction of the meaning of the world and of the self. This program describes and illustrates the wide range of ways in which the experience of loss disrupts vital life narratives. It includes an expanded toolbox of practical narrative and experiential techniques for treating grief-related difficulties that foster a more secure continuing bond to the deceased, greater resilience in the mourner, and stronger connection to others whose lives are touched by the same bereavement. 

Learning Objective 1
Discuss the role of the continuing bond in grief adaptation.

Learning Objective 2
Identify conditions of the application of imagery procedures.

Learning Objective 3
List four narrative strategies for fostering meaning in reconstruction

Presenters: Robert A. Neimeyer, PhD

Robert A. Neimeyer, PhD, is author of Grief and Bereavement. He is Professor and Director of Psychotherapy Research at the University of Memphis, where he also maintains an active clinical practice. Since completing his doctoral training at the University of Nebraska in 1982, he has published 20 books, including Meaning Reconstruction and the Experience of Loss, and Lessons of Loss: A Guide to Coping, and serves as Editor of the journal Death Studies.  In recognition of his scholarly contributions, he has been granted the Eminent Faculty Award by the University of Memphis, made a fellow of the Clinical Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association, and given the Research Recognition Award by the Association for Death Education and Counseling.

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