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Prolonged Grief Disorder and Its Treatment

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M. Katherine Shear, PhD
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Prolonged Grief Disorder and Its Treatment - Professional Mental Health Webinar
Thursday, April 06, 2023 12:00 pm
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Prolonged Grief Disorder (PGD) is a new diagnosis in official diagnostic systems developed by the World Health Organization (ICD-11) and the American Psychiatric Association (DSM 5 TR). In this presentation. Dr. Katherine Shear will explain the relationship between usual grief, complicated grief, and PGD and describe how to recognize the latter. She’ll also provide an overview of the principles and procedures of Prolonged Grief Disorder Therapy, a short-term, highly effective therapy for this condition.

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe the difference between prolonged grief disorder and usual continuing grief
  2. Recognize the symptoms of Prolonged Grief Disorder in grieving patients
  3. Summarize the principles and procedures of Prolonged Grief Disorder Therapy
Presenter(s) Biography

M. Katherine Shear, PhD

M Katherine Shear

Dr. M. Katherine Shear is the Marion E. Kenworthy Professor of Psychiatry and the founding Director of the Center for Prolonged Grief at Columbia University School of Social Work. Dr. Shear is a clinical researcher who first worked in anxiety and depression. For the past 25 years, she has focused on understanding and treating people who experience persistent, intense grief, which is now an official diagnosis called Prolonged Grief Disorder in the ICD-11 and DSM-5. She developed and tested Complicated Grief Therapy/Prolonged Grief Disorder Therapy, a short-term, strength-based intervention that helps foster adaptation to loss and confirmed its efficacy in three large NIMH-funded studies.

Dr. Shear is widely recognized for her work in bereavement, including both research and clinical awards from the Association for Death Education and Counseling and invited authorship of articles for Uptodate and the New England Journal of Medicine. Her work includes more than 330 peer-reviewed publications. She’s developed several widely used assessment instruments and a PGDT instruction manual.

Dr. Shear received a BS in biology with honors from the University of Chicago and an MD from Tufts University Medical School. She completed residencies in Internal Medicine and Psychiatry and a psychosomatic fellowship before beginning her clinical research career.

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