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Virtual Lunch & Learn: Identifying and Treating Traumatic Grief in Adults
Monday, March 14, 2022, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM PST
Category: Lunch & Learn


LACPA Membership Benefit

Identifying and Treating Traumatic Grief in Adults
Presented by
Lisa S. Larsen, Psy.D.
Monday, March 14, 2022
12:00 - 1:30 PM (PT)
Held virtually via Zoom
Intermediate Level 
1.5  CE Credits 

 This program will be recorded for future on-demand viewing.


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Traumatic grief differs from normal grief and complicated grief in that there are components of both PTSD and prolonged grieving. Although it is not a diagnosis in the DSM-5, you will probably see it in your psychotherapy practice. This presentation covers identification, risk factors, comorbid conditions, and treatment options, and multicultural considerations.





Lisa S. Larsen, Psy.D. is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Lancaster, California. She specializes in psychotherapy to facilitate trauma and grief resolution. She works with ethnically diverse children, adolescents, and adults, and is proud to serve the LGBTQQIA population. She uses EMDR therapy, clinical hypnosis, and CBT and SFBT.      



Course Goals and Educational Objectives:

1. Participants will be able to distinguish traumatic grief from complicated grief or normal grief

2. Participants will be able to name three different treatment approaches to traumatic grief

3. Participants will be able to identify cultural and gender differences in grief expression and have questions and resources to share with their clients


Course Outline:

Introduction to normal grief and traumatic grief

A.              Why learn about traumatic grief?

B.               Normal grief versus traumatic grief

C.               How is traumatic grief different from complicated grief?

1.                DSM-5 classification of Persistent Complex Bereavement Disorder

2.                complicated grief is not always traumatic

D.              Symptoms of traumatic grief

E.              Risk factors for traumatic grief

F.              Comorbid conditions

G.              Assessment and screening instruments

II.              Treatment

A.              Overall principles

B.               Therapeutic recommendations

1.                questions to ask

2.                screening for suicide risk, substance abuse and history of trauma or mental illness

C.              Cultural and gender considerations

D.              Tale of three traumatic grief cases

1.               Marianne

a)               Incremental loss

b)               Hypnosis for smoking reduction

c)               Psychoeducation

2.               Laurie

a)               EMDR therapy for traumatic loss

b)               CBT and client centered therapies

3.               Reginald

a)               EMDR therapy

b)               Psychoeducation

4.               How are these different from regular grief cases?

III.              Conclusion