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103 | Stuck in the Pain: Evidence-based Strategies and Interventions in Treatment of Grief and Loss

Grief and Loss, Crisis Response, Pandemic and Disaster Recovery, Thursday 9/14 8:45 – 10:00 AM, Workshop Tracks


Susan Zonnebelt-Smeenge, Ed.D.; Robert DeVries, Ph.D.



Approved For CE

Psychologists, Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Pastors, Pastoral Counselors, Lay Counselors, Coaches

Approved For CME/CEU




Over the past several decades, evidence-based research has enabled psychologists, other mental health professionals, and ministry leaders to aim their interventions with the bereaved in a far more effective and knowledgeable manner than in the past. Although popular culture sometimes seems to cling to utilizing a stage or phase approach, the research clearly supports a more prescriptive goal-oriented framework to address several essential grief components. These goals aid in developing an intentional and active grief journey toward reconstructing one’s life following the death of a loved one. To that end, this workshop will present a number of evidence-based components necessary for a griever to understand in order to create a newly reconstructed solid platform leading toward a mentally and spiritually satisfying life. Several specific activities and interventions will be presented that can help clients move forward in reconstructing their lives.

Learning Objectives

1. Articulate evidence-based psychological and spiritual interventions to help clients develop a re-constructed and renewed life as the endpoint of their grief journey
2. Describe how a bereaved client can utilize evidence-based approaches to meet obstacles facilitating a mentally and spiritually healthy re-definition of their identity, value, and worth
3. Identify positive, evidence-based growth outcomes psychologically and spiritually that grieving can produce in a bereaved person’s relationship with God, themselves, family members, and others
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