The Holiday Season Can Be a Challenge for Adults with Complicated Grief
By Dr. Katherine Shear
Complicated Grief (CG) is a condition that occurs when the natural adaptive response to bereavement becomes stalled.
People with CG assume their lives have been irreparably damaged by their loss and cannot imagine how they can ever feel better. Grief dominates their lives with no respite in sight. Relationships with family and friends flounder. This becomes especially painful during the holidays, a time when any bereaved person especially misses their deceased loved one. It's important to know that help is available. Complicated Grief Treatment (CGT) is a 16-session psychotherapy that guides people in resolving grief complications and revitalizes the natural healing process. It has been shown to be efficacious in two Randomized Controlled Trials funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. Information about other ongoing studies is available on the Complicated Grief website.
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Thank you to all who helped to make the 29th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia a grand success! With an inspiring opening talk by Amanda Lindhout, world-renowned experts in the field of traumatic stress, vibrant students and professionals, and folks dedicated to working with victims of trauma all over the world – the 29th meeting did not disappoint. We look forward to seeing everyone again (and those of you who could not make it this year) at the 30th Annual Meeting in Miami next year!
Kidnapping survivor and author Amanda Lindhout gave a tremendously moving keynote address to ISTSS in Philadelphia.
Her profound account of withstanding "the unimaginable" in "the dark house" epitomizes our enormous capacity to survive and heal in the face of trauma.
As Lindhout explained, she lost everything: her name, the sky over her head, laughter, light - yet found strength in resources acquired as a child that enabled her to find peace and beauty - her "house in the sky".
January 28-31, 2014
28th Annual San Diego International Conference on Child and Family Maltreatment
Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina, San Diego, CA USA
March 20 – 22, 2014
DeGPT 16th Annual Meeting
University of Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
June 5 - 7, 2014
Canadian Psychological Association 75th Annual Convention (Congrès annuel)
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
November 6 - 8, 2014
ISTSS 30th Annual Meeting
Pre-Meeting Institutes Nov. 5
Miami, FL USA
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The French Language Association for the Study of Stress and Trauma (ALFEST) is a non-profit organization that includes members from Belgium, Canada, France, Lebanon, Switzerland, the Maghreb countries, and countries in sub-Saharan Africa. It aims to promote and conduct research studies on stress and trauma to improve the treatment of PTSD and the well-being of those suffering from trauma. ALFEST publishes an online journal, Trauma: The Journal of Alfest to publish and disseminate results of studies related to trauma.
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