Grief, Bereavement, and Coping with Loss (1 credit hour)

Program Summary:  This course explores evidence and practice issues related to grief, bereavement, and loss.  The course examines different types of grief ranging from normal grief to more severe or complicated grief.  Psychosocial and pharmacologic treatment options are offered.  The course also provides a discussion of issues and interventions for grieving children.  Note: This course replaces our previous course, Bereavement, Mourning and Grief.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning,  intermediate, and advanced levels of practice.  

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Course Reading:  Grief, Bereavement, and Coping with Loss (PDQ) Health Professional Version

Publisher:  National Institute of Health, National Cancer Institute

Course Objectives:  To enhance professional practice, values, skills, and knowledge by identifying key issues related to grief, bereavement, and coping with loss.

Learning Objectives:  Compare the terms grief, bereavement, and mourning.  Identify types of grief reactions.  Describe treatment options for grief and how grief has been addressed in the DSM.  Describe how grief affects different developmental stages in children.

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1: Grief is defined as
2: Bereavement is defined as
3: Mourning emphasizes the
4: Which of the following best describes anticipatory grief?
5: Most bereaved persons experiencing normal grief will note a lessening of symptoms at anywhere from
6: A stage model of normal grief that identifies the stages of denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance
7: Chronic grief is thought to occur in about ____________ of bereaved persons.
8: In the DSM-5, bereavement
9: Which of the following is a risk factor for predeath complicated grief?
10: In general, ___________ experience more negative consequences after losing a spouse.
11: In general, younger bereaved persons experience ________ difficulties after a loss than do older bereaved persons..
12: Most researchers agree that most bereaved persons will
13: In Complicated Grief Treatment, the concept of dual processing is the notion that grief progresses best when attention alternates between a focus on loss and a focus on
14: The antidepressant studies conducted to date suggest that the magnitude of reduction and rate of improvement is slower for
15: The work of mourning in childhood needs to be addressed
16: Expressions of grief that include quietness, crankiness, decreased activity, poor sleep, and weight loss might best describe which developmental stage?
17: A child who is 2-6 years old may understand death as
18: At what age range does a child understand that everyone will die/ even I will die?
19: Which is not one of the three prominent themes in the grief expressions of bereaved children?
20: Discussions with children about death should include
21: Individual, intrapersonal experiences of _______________ are similar across cultural boundaries.

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Free State Social Work, LLC, provider #1235, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Free State Social Work, LLC maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 9/6/2018 - 9/6/2021. Social workers completing this course receive 1 continuing education credit.

Free State Social Work has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP NO. 6605. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Free State Social Work is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

G.M. Rydberg-Cox, MSW, LSCSW is the Continuing Education Director at Free State Social Work and responsible for the development of this course.  She received her Masters of Social Work in 1996 from the Jane Addams School of Social Work at the University of Illinois-Chicago and she has over 20 years of experience.  She has lived and worked as a social worker in Chicago, Boston, and Kansas City.  She currently practices in the area of hospital/medical social work.  The reading materials for this course were developed by another organization.