Revisiting Loss: A Treatment for Complicated Grief

September 30, 2008 @ 4:00 am


September 30, 2008

Dr. Katherine Shear
, Marion E. Kenworthy Professor of Psychiatry in Social Work, will lead a one-day advanced clinical workshop on the treatment for complicated grief.  The workshop will be held on Friday, November 7, 2008 from 9am-5pm at the Columbia University School of Social Work.

Complicated Grief (CG) is a prolonged acute grief response characterized by difficulty accepting the death of a loved one, persistent intense yearning and longing for the person who died, preoccupation with thoughts of this person, anger and bitterness, and feelings of guilty remorse related to the death.  This workshop will:

  • Describe an attachment-based model of grief and complicated grief
  • Discuss the principles behind treatment of CG by revisiting the loss
  • Outline a  formulation of treatment goals
  • Illustrate through video and role play demonstration the intervention some of the  techniques of this treatment approach
  • Discuss monitoring tools to facilitate and track treatment progress

The cost of the workshop is $350.00.  Complimentary breakfast and lunch will be provided.  To register of for more information, please contact Sheryl Sodohue at 212-851-2324 or


About Katherine Shear
Dr. Shear is a leading authority in the clinical assessment and treatment of complicated grief, anxiety disorders, and depression.  Dr. Shear has conducted extensive federally funded research on clinical services targeting women with mood and anxiety disorders and has led the development of groundbreaking psychosocial interventions in the area of complicated grief.