Topics in Grief and Grief Therapy
Title: Topics in Grief and Grief Therapy
Presenter: Dale Wisely, Ph.D.
Recommended for: Psychologists, counselors
Independent Study Workshops are approved for aPA Credit only and are not available for NBCC credit.
FORMAT: Video lectures, reading.
Description: Grief is a universal human experience. Mental health providers often work with the bereaved, particularly when it is complicated by the circumstances of the loss or when it is experienced by those who are already in psychological treatment. In this presentation, clinical psychologist Dr. Dale Wisely discusses stages of grief, special problems associated with traumatic bereavement, the relationship between love and grief, and therapeutic considerations for working with the bereaved.
Fee: Free to aPA members. $10.00 to others. Contact aPA if you are not a member and wish to register. Kelly Durance:
About the Presenter: Dale Wisely Ph.D. is Director of Family Life at Prince of Peace Catholic Church. Formerly, he was Director of Student Services and Community Education at a public school district, Mountain Brook Schools (Alabama), and has been a child and adolescent clinical psychologist for 37 years. Dr. Wisely earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in clinical psychology from the University of Memphis. He served his clinical internship in psychology at West Virginia University School of Medicine, Department of Behavioral Medicine in Charleston, West Virginia. He also holds a Master’s in Theological Studies from Spring Hill College where he serves on the adjunct faculty and co-teaches a graduate course in Psychology and Spiritual Direction.
At the completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:
- name the stages in a 3-stage developmental theory of grief
- articulate the relationship between love and grief and how it might be applied to working with the bereaved
- describe special problems associated with traumatic bereavement
- describe the 3 components of treatment of traumatic bereavement
The Alabama Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. The Alabama Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. This program is approved for 1.5 CE Credits.
To complete this activity:
- Bookmark this page so you can come back to it as needed.
- Watch the main video below.
- Watch the 8-minute lecture by Robert Neimeyer on Grief Work and Secure Bases at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXRRsxx5YK4
- Watch the 7-minute lecture by Robert Neimeyer the Goal of Grief at https://youtu.be/VuAILCclSHA
- Read this case study: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Q9Q6pvQFTWiQQNumqe-6nb_qLx3a1hCXeOENXgpgHEs/edit?usp=sharing
- Read this article: Section titled: “Grief & Bereavement” page 10-14.
- Take the post-test here. https://forms.gle/dAVJPxCyFfGCKbbw8
- Evaluate the program here. https://forms.gle/AEWqwWeqjju2Gdgc8
- When Dale Wisely gets your online post-test scores and evaluation, he will email you and Kelly at aPA so she can send your certificate.
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