The sudden, traumatic death of a loved one poses survivors with challenging demands.
Drawing on cutting-edge information from the fields of psychology, thanatology, and traumatology, Dr. Rando dissects the complex and often misunderstood experience of traumatic bereavement, explicates its dynamics, and provides 12 essential core strategies for effective clinical intervention after a death from an accident, disaster, suicide, homicide, terrorism, or war.
How loss and trauma complicate mourning
At least 6 high-risk factors making any death traumatic
Five common survivor concerns after traumatic death
At least three unique treatment issues for each of the four types of traumatic death
Five core strategies for treating traumatic bereavement
The components to master personal traumatization
The four steps in meaning reconstruction
Loss, Shattered Assumptions & Grief
Mourning & the six R processes
Complicated mourning & trauma
Traumatic stress and its 4 sources in grief/mourning
Overview of interventions & strategies
Definition & its 5 impacts
12 High risk factors & the triad of troubles
Three levels of association of acute grief with traumatic stress and their implications & why sudden death is so different
Dealing with Traumatic Death
Problematic issues due to circumstances of the death and its concerns
Treatment Issues for Specific Types of Deaths
Acute natural death, accident or disaster
Suicide , homicide, terrorism or war
Treating Traumatic Bereavement
12 Core Strategies
Assess and formulate the plan
Promote healthy coping
Core Strategies #4 & #5
Identify & address resistance
Work toward mastery of personal traumatization
Core Strategies #6 - #9
Address unfinished business & unanswered questions
Enable the six R processes of mourning
Adopt strategies relevant for the death circumstances
Support use of personal bereavement rituals
Core Strategies #10 - #12
Aid navigation of the outside world
Assist in reconstruction of meaning
Help the mourner not let the death define or limit the self
About the Presenter:
Dr. Rando is a clinical psychologist. She earned her doctoral degree in Psychology from the University of Rhode Island and received advanced training at Case Western Reserve University Medical School and the University Hospitals of Cleveland.
She is the Clinical Director and Founder of The Institute for the Study and Treatment of Loss which provides mental health services through psychotherapy, training, supervision, and consultation, and specializes in loss and grief, traumatic stress, and the psychosocial care of persons impacted by chronic, life-threatening, or terminal illness.
A national media resource expert in dying, death, and loss for the American Psychological Association, Dr. Rando has appeared on numerous television programs including the Today Show, CBS This Morning, and Oprah.
Dr. Rando has over 80 written works pertaining to the clinical aspects of thanatology and is a recipient of numerous awards for her accomplishments in thanatology.
Her current professional foci include treatment of complicated mourning, loss of a child, the interface between
posttraumatic stress and grief, anticipatory mourning, and specialized intervention techniques for traumatic bereavement. She also consults, conducts research, provides expert witness legal testimony, and lectures internationally in areas related to loss, grief, illness, dying, and trauma.