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Complicated Grief Therapy 2-day Masterclass (limited to 40 participants)

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  • An interactive workshop on the diagnosis and treatment of Complicated Grief (CG) led by Dr Kathy Shear, Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University, and Director of the Centre for Complicated Grief

  • CG is serious, worryingly common and poorly treated: its diagnosis is regularly missed and there are estimated to be more than 150,000 sufferers in Scotland;

  • Complicated Grief Therapy (CGT) was developed by Dr Shear, and its efficacy has been confirmed in three large NIMH-funded studies: it is considerably more effective than standard psychotherapy or grief counselling;

  • This 2-day workshop is a rare opportunity for counsellors and psychotherapists to learn from Dr Shear how to identify CG, and how to deliver CGT;

  • The workshop aims to pioneer the development of a community of therapists practising CGT.

  • NB This event is designed for counsellors, psychotherapists & bereavement therapists who are interested in practising CGT. Attendance is limited to 40 people.

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    Complicated grief (CG) is a serious, worryingly common, and poorly treated condition. Diagnostic criteria are still under development, but surveys suggest nearly 4% of the general adult population is likely to be suffering from current CG (Kersting, 2011) - probably well over 150,000 people here in Scotland. Amongst people who are already seeking psychological help from mental health professionals, CG prevalence is likely to be over 20% (Pini, 2012). CG is typically comorbid with other disorders, is persistent over many years, and involves loss of parents, grandparents & friends as well as partners. Despite the availability of simple screening questions, CG diagnosis is routinely missed with serious consequences for prolonged psychological distress, increased physical illness, and raised death rates (Stroebe, 2007).

    Antidepressants are little better than placebo for CG (Shear, 2016), but specialised Complicated Grief Therapy (CGT) is considerably more effective than standard psychotherapy (Shear, 2014). This two day workshop is a rare chance for counsellors & psychotherapists to learn CGT from its developer Professor Kathy Shear. Over the course of the two days, you will receive an introduction to the details of the treatment approach and instruction on how to deliver it effectively. The workshop will teach you how to identify CG and to treat it with Complicated Grief Therapy. A key aim of this workshop is to begin to develop & support a community of therapists learning to practise CGT in Scotland & the UK more broadly.

    The workshop facilitator, Kathy Shear, is Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University in the USA. She developed complicated grief treatment and has confirmed its efficacy in three large NIMH-funded research trials. This treatment is strength-based and incorporates methods from other proven efficacious psychotherapies to provide a short-term, focused approach to fostering adaptation to loss.


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