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GC 679

ANXIETY IN LONG-TERM GRIEF

 

 

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COURSE INFORMATION

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 Recovery Practitioner Certification Program. In addition, you must have successfully completed the course: GC 675: Research and Clinical Practice in Grief Counseling.

Instructor/Course Author:

Jennifer Melvin, MSW, BSW, LCSW, CT

Link to resume                    

Email: jemlcsw@gmail.com

BOARD APPROVALS: The American Institute of Health Care Professionals, Inc. is a licensed Continuing Education Provider in the State of California, Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # CEP 15595. Access information

TIME FRAME: You are allotted three years from the date of enrollment, to complete this continuing education course. There are no set time-frames, other than the three year allotted time. If you do not complete the courses within the three 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 three-year expiration time, you would need to register and pay the course tuition fee again.

TEXTBOOKS: There is one (1) required textbook for this course:

Textbook: 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


AIHCP Online Bookstore: AIHCP provides an online bookstore stocked with all of the required textbooks, and/or materials required for its CE courses. To purchase this book online, click the access store link, go to the table of categories, right upper hand corner, and click on Grief Counseling. Access AIHCP Store: 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 COMMUNITY MESSAGE BOARDS: Enrolled students have full access to our online Student Community Message Boards. These message boards allow students in our CE courses to meet each other, communicate online, share information, discuss topics of study and interest and much more. Full access is provided via the online classroom.

Online Classroom Resources and Tools

* Message Boards: each specialty program has an area to "post" on the message board. Students may post messages at anytime. Posting allows students to converse with those in the same specialty practice and to discuss issues/course content etc. Instructions for posting are provided in the online classrooms.

* Chat Rooms: each specialty has it's own unique "chat room." Inside of the classroom there is a schedule for "chat time" with students in your specific specialty practice. Participating in "chats" is voluntary. The chat sessions are used as means for students to come together and discuss course content or anything related to the courses and/or certification specialty.

* 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:

  1. Describe the purpose of the study
  2. Identify the areas the proposed study makes contributions to
  3. Describe the themes that were formulated into the proposed model of long-term anxious grief
  4. Describe the proposed model’s description of anxious grief
  5. Describe & discuss the uniqueness of the study
  6. Identify the areas that have been missing in bereavement research
  7. Understand bereavement for adults who experience prominent anxiety beyond a certain time frame after their loss
  8. Identify the primary goal of the study
  9. Describe they physical consequences of bereavement
  10. Describe the psychological impacts of bereavement
  11. Describe the social consequences of bereavement
  12. Discuss the emotional manifestations of bereavement
  13. Discuss normal and complicated grief
  14. Discuss theories of the grief process
  15. Discuss limitations of grief models
  16. Describe the “trauma perspective”
  17. Discuss anxiety related to loss and bereavement
  18. Identify Prigerson’s diagnostic criteria for complicated grief
  19. Describe the process of the study
  20. Discuss the findings of the study
  21. Identify the limitations of the study
  22. Identify suggestions for future research
  23. Share increased knowledge of anxiety in the context of long-term grief

Course Content

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

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