Grief Work, Grief Counseling, and Grief Therapy: How & Why They’re Different

June 18th, 2003Kim Mooney, B.A, C.D.E.Grief Services Manager, Hospice of Boulder CountySusan Hamburger Guthrie, Ph.D.Psychotherapist, Private Practice, Boulder

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About the Presentation

Although in the course of daily life, we regularly experience grief, people are often abandoned or misdirected about how to work and live with it. At what point does grief work require professional help? There are clear and critical differences between grief counseling, which assists a person to move through a grief process, and grief therapy, which is indicated when there are serious complicators either within the loss situation(s) or existing in the client’s life. In this presentation, we’ll discuss the differences, how to recognize what appropriate levels of intervention are, and who should be doing what.

About the Presenters

Kim Mooney, B.A., C.D.E.* has been in the field of dying and grief for ten years, writing, teaching and working with individuals, schools, corporations and organizations. She also trains people who facilitate grief groups, provides corporate management training in workplace losses, and facilitates crisis debriefing. She is the Grief Services Manager for Hospice of Boulder County.

*Certified Death Educator with ADEC (the Association for Death Education and Counseling)

Susan Hamburger Guthrie, Ph.D. is a psychotherapist in private practice who has specialized in grief counseling and grief therapy. She has written, lectured and counseled in the field of trauma, grief and loss for the past ten years. Her areas of expertise include PTSD, adolescent and parental grief, addictions, and bipolarity and grief.

Additional Resources

“Grief Counseling and Grief Therapy” by J. William Worden

Boulder County Hospice: www.hospiceboulder.org

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