This course examines issues of anxiety and anxiety disorders related to long-term grief reactions. An exploration of Anxiety in the context of Long-Term Grief explores the experience of those who have lost a loved one, yet continue to struggle with persistent symptomatology (e.g., trauma and anxiety). Recommendation for treatment are made adding to the up and coming diagnosis of Complicated Grief. Overlap of Complicated Grief and trauma issues are addressed, as well as the factors contributing to the persistent grief, such as disorders of attachment. There is no empirically validated treatments for Complicated Grief, yet researchers are beginning to understand the risk factors that contribute to Complicated Grief, as well as the ability to discuss the up to date research and what seems to work and where the research needs to go from here. Upon completion of this course, students will receive 35 contact hours of continuing education. Course Code: GC 679.
Pre-requisite to course enrollment: You must be currently certified as a Grief Counselor by the American Academy of Grief Counseling to enroll into this course. This course is a required course in the curriculum for the Grief Support Practitioner Certification Program. In addition, you must have successfully completed the course: GC 675: Research and Clinical Practice in Grief Counseling.
Jennifer Melvin, MSW, BSW, LCSW, CT
The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is an Approved Provider for Continuing Education by the South Carolina Professional Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists and Psycho-Educational Specialists licensing board, Provider # 4637. Access information
The American Institute of Health Care Professionals (The Provider) is approved by the California Board of Registered Nurses, Provider number # CEP 15595 for 35 Contact Hours.
This course, which is approved by the Florida State Board Of Nursing (CE Provider # 50-11975) also has the following Board of Nursing Approvals, for 35 contact hours of CE
The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the Arkansas Board of Nursing. CE Provider # 50-11975.
The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the Georgia Board of Nursing. CE Provider # 50-11975.
The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the South Carolina Board of Nursing. CE Provider # 50-11975.
The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Professional Registered Nurses. CE Provider # 50-11975.
The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the New Mexico Board of Nursing. CE Provider # 50-11975.
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TIME FRAME: You are allotted two years from the date of enrollment, to complete this continuing education course. There are no set time-frames, other than the two year allotted time. If you do not complete the courses within the two year time-frame, you will be removed from the course and an “incomplete” will be recorded for you in our records. Also, if you would like to complete the courses after this two-year expiration time, you would need to register and pay the course tuition fee again.
TEXTBOOKS: There is one required textbook for this course:
An exploration of Anxiety in the context of Long-Term Grief: The Complexities of Anxiety, Trauma, and Loss. By: Paul DePompo. VDM Verlag (August 21, 2008).
- ISBN-10: 3639072170
- ISBN-13: 978-3639072174
Link to Purchase on Amazon.com: click here
GRADING: You must achieve a passing score of at least 70% to complete this course and receive the 35 hours of awarded continuing education credit. There are no letter grades assigned. You will receive notice of your total % score. Those who score below the minimum of 70% will be contacted by the and options for completing additional course work to achieve a passing score, will be presented.
ONLINE CLASSROOM RESOURCES AND TOOLS
* Examination Access: there is link to take you right to the online examination program where you can print out your examination and work with it. All examinations are formatted as “open book” tests. When you are ready, you can access the exam program at anytime and click in your responses to the questions. Full information is provided in the online classrooms.
* Student Resource Center: there is a link for access to a web page “Student Resource Center.” The Resource Center provides for easy access to all of our policies/procedures and additional information regarding applying for certification. We also have many links to many outside reference sites, such as online libraries that you may freely access.
* Online Evaluation: there is a link in the classroom where you may access the course evaluation. All students completing a course, must, without exception, complete the course evaluation.
* Faculty Access Information: you will have access to your instructor’s online resume/biography, as well as your instructor’s specific contact information.
* Additional Learning Materials: some faculty have prepared additional “readings” and /or brief lecture notes to enhance your experience. All of these are available in the online classrooms.
COURSE OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:
- Describe the purpose of the study
- Identify the areas the proposed study makes contributions to
- Describe the themes that were formulated into the proposed model of long-term anxious grief
- Describe the proposed model’s description of anxious grief
- Describe & discuss the uniqueness of the study
- Identify the areas that have been missing in bereavement research
- Understand bereavement for adults who experience prominent anxiety beyond a certain time frame after their loss
- Identify the primary goal of the study
- Describe they physical consequences of bereavement
- Describe the psychological impacts of bereavement
- Describe the social consequences of bereavement
- Discuss the emotional manifestations of bereavement
- Discuss normal and complicated grief
- Discuss theories of the grief process
- Discuss limitations of grief models
- Describe the “trauma perspective”
- Discuss anxiety related to loss and bereavement
- Identify Prigerson’s diagnostic criteria for complicated grief
- Describe the process of the study
- Discuss the findings of the study
- Identify the limitations of the study
- Identify suggestions for future research
- Share increased knowledge of anxiety in the context of long-term grief
Introduction of the study
Review of current bereavement literature
Experience of loss in adults
Types of loss influence adjustment
Attachment styles influence responses to loss
Physical, psychological, emotional and social consequences of bereavement
Normal and complicated grief
Theories of the grief process
Anxiety as a consequence of bereavement
Anxiety in loss
Method, design, measures, procedure and results of the study
Core long-term aspects of the anxious grief experience
Contextual factors influencing long-term anxious grief
Role of anxiety in the grief experience
Discussion of findings