Loss, Grief, and Mourning: Beyond Kübler-Ross (6 CEs)

Presented by Heather Servaty-Seib, Ph.D.

Thursday, February 8th,  8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Instructional Level


Course Description and Target Audience

Loss, grief, and mourning are concepts that can be applied to both death loss and non-death loss situations. The presentation will address this broader application of these concepts while also reviewing advancements in the field of grief and mourning, including innovative theory and current research critical for evidenced-based clinical work with grieving individuals. Other topics addressed will include type of losses (e.g., physical, psychosocial, secondary, and disenfranchised), myths about grief, common patterns of grief, multidimensional nature of grief, distinction between grief and mourning, factors associated with grief reactions, grief within families, funerals and other death-related rituals, and strategies for distinguishing between normative and persistent complex bereavement (i.e., DSM-5). Suggestions for practice and relevant case examples will be integrated throughout. The risks of this presentation are the possible overgeneralization of any recommendations offered; as grief is unique to each individual person.

The target audience is mental health providers (advanced doctoral level psychology trainees, psychologists in practice, master’s level clinicians etc).

Learning Objectives

  • List common myths about grief
  • Identify innovative theories of grief and mourning and their application to practice
  • Describe the challenges related to Persistent Complex Bereavement diagnosis
  • Describe your own personal experience and death-related attitudes


Presenter Information

Heather Servaty-Seib, Ph.D., is a professor in the Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program at Purdue University and a licensed psychologist. She maintains a small, grief-focused, private practice. Dr. Servaty-Seib is well published in the areas of adolescent and young adult bereavement, social support and grief, and the use of loss as a broad model for conceptualizing significant life events. She is a past president of the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) and received the ADEC Death Educator award in 2013. Her recent scholarship has been focused in areas of young adult grief including a co-edited volume entitled Assisting Bereaved College Students and a co-authored book (currently in press) of autobiographical narratives by grieving college students.

*National Psychology Training Consortium (NPTC) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NPTC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.