The Grieving Self
Joan Hubbard, MA
The Grieving Self
is a 3-hour online continuing education (CE) course that looks at stories of the bereaved to determine the major issues to address to reconnect those who grieve with a stable sense of self.
The annual number of deaths reported in the United States in the early part of this century was 2.4 million, about four per minute. This course looks at the stories of a few of those who are recently bereaved to determine the major issues for those who grieve: aloneness, loss of self, social connections, anniversaries and holidays, self and others’ expectations, the need to continue living, ambivalence of recovery, grief dreams, medical problems. Studies are reviewed which indicate some researchers’ conclusions as to: 1) Gender differences between men and women who grieve; there are important questions regarding the recruitment of subjects and the data gathering process for gender differences research. 2) And, who among the grief survivors are best served by counseling and psychotherapy.
This author, while agreeing with much of the research, challenges the belief that the emotional loneliness suffered by the bereaved is the single, major dynamic of the bereaved, and can only be alleviated through passage of time. It is felt that an effort to reconnect those who grieve to a stable sense of self can help the bereaved regain better function and reduce the length of the time they are consigned to painfully distressing lives.
Closeout Course #30-49 | 2010 | 34 pages | 20 posttest questions
1. Identify common reactions experienced by those who lose a close, personal relationship
2. Differentiate between the characteristics of grief’s first and second stages, as described by the author
3. Identify strategies for educating clients about the grief experience and how to develop a recovery plan
4. Identify those clients who might fall into the category of “chronic grievers”
5. List the differing patterns of bereavement behaviors exhibited by individuals who are grieving
6. Describe how the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) can be used to work with issues of self
7. List strategies therapists can use to help clients reclaim an operational self
This online course provides instant access to the course materials (PDF download) and CE test. The course is text-based (reading) and the CE test is open-book (you can print the test to mark your answers on it while reading the course document).
Successful completion of this course involves passing an online test (80% required, 3 chances to take) and we ask that you also complete a brief course evaluation. Click here to learn more.
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About the Author(s)
Joan Hubbard, MA, is a Florida-licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of North Florida. Her clinical practice of 29 years has specialized in couples' issues, and more recently with the applications of systems work to organizations. She has particular expertise with the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and has been on the faculty of the Center for Application of Psychological Type (CAPT) and has served with the Association for Psychological Type (APT) as the Consultant to the area of Counseling and Psychotherapy. In her capacity with APT she authored a series of articles on the applicability of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator to the field of counseling and psychotherapy.
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