Earn 0.5 Credit for Core Course toward
Offered by the Portland Institute.
Robert A. Neimeyer, PhD
Portland Institute for Loss and Transition
Department of Psychology, University of Memphis
USD$99 for 3-hour module
Whether they are striving to restore a sense of secure attachment to a loved one lost to death or to resolve lingering relational issues with the deceased, mourners frequently need to reengage those they have lost rather than relinquish the bond and “move on.” In this program, we will explore and practice several creative narrative, emotion-focused and conversational methods for re-introducing the deceased into the social and psychological world of the bereaved, fostering a sustaining sense of connection and alliance with the loved one in embracing a changed future, and working through issues of guilt, anger and abandonment triggered by the death and the shared life that preceded it. Participants will leave with tools for assessing factors that complicate grieving, helping clients appreciate the role of the loved one in their construction of their own identities, and re-access and revise frozen dialogues with the deceased that interfere with post-loss adaptation.
Discuss the concept of continuing bonds with the deceased and identify how it can both support and interfere with adaptive grieving.
Practice two techniques for consolidating a constructive bond with the deceased as the client transitions toward a changed future.
Summarize the use of the Unfinished Business in Bereavement Scale (UBBS) for assessing residual conflicts and disappointments in the relationship with the deceased that invite therapeutic work.
Use the Life Imprint technique to recognize the living legacy of the deceased for the survivor at both concrete and abstract levels.
Note: Completion of this program (total 3-hour activity, including approximately 2-hour recorded webinar and 1-hour reflection) and return of the Responsive Journal satisfies half of the Core Course on Attachment-Informed Approaches to grief therapy required for All PI Certification Programs.
This program contains the following video segments:
- Saying Hello Again: Introducing Our Loved Ones (31 mins)
Bonding vs. Binding: Screening for Relational Complications (40 mins)
Reopening the Dialogue: Correspondence with the Deceased (27 mins)
COURSE PACK CONTAINS...
Instructions for Introducing Our Loved Ones, Correspondence with the Deceased and the Life Imprint.
The Unfinished Business in Bereavement Scale (UBBS): the full validated scale with scoring instructions and permission to use it in clinical and research contexts.
The Responsive Journal that, upon completion and return, confers 0.5 credit of Core Course leading to All PI Certification Programs.
The module materials will be emailed to the learners upon completion of purchase.
GRIEF TRAINING FACULTY
Robert A. Neimeyer, PhD is Professor Emeritus of the Department of Psychology, University of Memphis, maintains an active consulting and coaching practice, and also directs the Portland Institute for Loss and Transition. Neimeyer has published 30 books, including Routledge’s series on Techniques of Grief Therapy, and serves as Editor of Death Studies. The author of over 500 articles and chapters and a popular workshop presenter, he is currently working to advance a more adequate theory of grieving as a meaning-making process. In recognition of his contributions, he has been given Lifetime Achievement Awards by both the Association for Death Education and Counseling and the International Network on Personal Meaning.