• Social Work
  • Counseling
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Psychology
Hours: 3 Contact Hours
Author(s): Mary E. Sormanti, PhD, MSW
Peer Reviewer(s): Joanne Cacciatore, PhD, LMSW, FT
Item#: B4070
1 Course Book (60 pages)

Grief Bereavement and Mourning in Children and Adults

Price $29.95
Item # B4070
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

In the process of grieving a loss children adolescents and adults commonly experience emotional physical behavioral relational and spiritual responses. This intermediate-level course examines the many types of losses that humans encounter - their fundamental features and related psychosocial consequences - and underscores how the social cultural and developmental contexts of clients experiencing loss must be considered in assessing a client's protective factors and risks for psychological comorbidity and the necessity or type of intervention.

This course is an extraction of and should not be taken in conjunction with the 6-hour course titled Understanding Loss and Grief: Implications for Healthcare Professionals.

Course Objectives
  • Describe the categories of loss and the factors that influence adaptation to grief.
  • Differentiate the models of grief.
  • Discuss the impact of loss in adulthood.
  • Discuss the impact of loss on children and adolescents.
Mary Sormanti, Ph.D., MSW, is an associate professor of professional practice at the Columbia University School of Social Work where she has been a full-time faculty member since 1997. She has extensive professional experience working with individuals families and groups coping with stressful sometimes traumatic events and experiences including life-threatening medical illness bereavement community trauma disaster and partner violence and has published and presented nationally in these areas. From 1989 through 1996 Dr. Sormanti was a pediatric oncology social worker at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Boston Children's Hospital where she specialized in work with the families of children receiving bone marrow transplants. In 2001-2002 she served as Clinical Director of a Project Liberty-funded program providing mental health services to individuals and organizations in New York City impacted by the events of September 11th. Her direct practice also includes facilitation of short-term community-based bereavement groups and process/support groups for multidisciplinary hospice staff. Dr. Sormanti's experience also includes research; some of which has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and the Soros Foundation's Project on Death in America. She received her master's degree in 1988 from the New York University School of Social Work and her doctoral degree in 1996 from the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work.

Joanne Cacciatore, PhD, LMSW, FT, is the Director of the Center for Loss and Trauma in Phoenix, Arizona and the founder of the international nonprofit group the MISS Foundation. She is regarded as an expert in traumatic loss and child death in families, and since 1996 has been working directly with families who experience traumatic loss after the death of a child. She is also a researcher and professor at Arizona State University where she spearheaded the first graduate Certificate in Trauma and Bereavement program. Her research has been published in peer reviewed journals such as Death Studies, Social Work, Death Studies, Omega Journal of Death and Dying, and Families in Society.

Dr. Cacciatore received her doctorate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and her master’s degree in social work and bachelor’s degree in psychology from Arizona State University. Her work has been featured in major media sources such as People and Newsweek magazines, the New York Times, Boston Globe, CNN, National Public Radio, and the Los Angeles Times. She received the prestigious Hon Kachina Award in 2007, and has been listed since 2006 in Who’s Who and Who’s Who of American Women.
  • Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from the date the course is ordered.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.