Meaning-Centered Grief Therapy: Theory, Practice and Promise

This presentation describes Meaning-Centered Grief Therapy (MCGT), a new and innovative 16-session intervention for bereaved parents exhibiting elevated prolonged grief symptoms. We will describe the development of MCGT, which was adapted from Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy using feedback from bereaved parents and grief specialists, and its underlying theoretical model and session content. Preliminary results from an open trial of MCGT designed to further refine the intervention and to assess ...
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The Internal Worlds of Grieving Families

Grief is a family affair. When a family member dies, most if not all of what goes on inside the family changes. There is an empty place at the table and an empty space on the family tree. Someone other than Grandpa must carve the Thanksgiving turkey. Someone other than Grandma must keep track of family birthdays. Family structure is changed, and patterns of behavior must morph. Coalitions and alliances between and among family members are disturbed causing some members to experience more pain ...
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Grief & Developmental Disabilities

The community of the developmentally disabled (DD) comprises an under-recognized minority, and these individuals frequently endure a uniquely disenfranchised grief experience. It is important to recognize the special considerations for our clients, for instance, when the individual does not have the expressive language adequate to communicate their grief and subsequently compensates through behavior. Additionally, when the client with DD is the deceased, there may be special considerations of ...
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Cultural Grief Factors and Access to Care: A Model of Community Support

This presentation will explore a unique region that reflects a mix of cultures (Hispanic, African American, Haitian, Jewish). Experience with this community will guide discussion of cultural influence, mourning rituals, openness/resistance, and barriers to accessing grief support. The presentation will highlight one community-based model that has been successful in addressing the needs of bereaved children and families in a multi-cultural region. Attendees will gain understanding of multi-cult...
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How New Insights About the Brain Are Helping Us Understand Bereavement

Research on factors that contribute to complications in grief has consistently identified the role of insecure attachment in problematic grief. Over the past 20 years, researchers have identified what appears to be a significant underlying variable in this association between attachment and response to loss, namely the capacity for emotion regulation. Findings from neuroscience research will be presented that demonstrate the importance of early care-giving in brain development and the adverse ...
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Child-griever to First Lady: The Griefs of Lady Bird Johnson

In 1917, as Claudia Taylor placed flowers on her mother’s grave, no one would have predicted that six-year-old would someday be one of Texas’s most successful businesswomen and a future First Lady. Scholars, in studying her White House years, have ignored the impacts of her mother’s death and her father’s dysfunction as a widower with three young children and his serial remarriages. Lady Bird used her parents’ estates to finance Lyndon Johnson’s ambitious political career. She suff...
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An Analysis of Research on Childhood and Adolescent Grief

In 2014, the National Alliance for Grieving Children conducted a research compilation project on issues related to childhood grief. Hundreds of peer-reviewed articles were identified, compiled and analyzed. Information gleaned from these peer-reviewed articles and research has provided further insight into the impact of grief on children and teenagers, and protective factors that contribute to healthy coping. This presentation will present a synopsis of these findings and their implication on ...
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Teaching about Life and Living in Death and Dying Courses

Many who teach or are enrolled in classes on Death and Dying regularly hear critical remarks about these courses—misrepresentations mostly from individuals who have never attended such courses. This presentation describes what actually is taught in most courses in this field with special attention to lessons about life and living that emerge from courses on Death and Dying. As a result, this presentation rebuts misrepresentations of courses on Death and Dying. Learning Objectives: ...
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The Boy Who Saved Thousands of Lives

Twenty years ago, Reg Green’s seven-year-old son, Nicholas, was shot in a botched carjacking while the family was on vacation in Italy. Reg and his wife, Maggie, donated Nicholas’ organs and corneas, which went to seven very sick Italians, four of them teenagers. In this presentation, Green will describe some key things he has learned while writing books, being interviewed by the media around the world, and making films about the tens of thousands of deaths that occur every year because of...
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Best Practices in Suicide Bereavement: A New National Report

The Survivors of Suicide Loss Task Force of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention recently completed its work to identify the needs of people exposed to suicide and develop national guidelines for effective suicide postvention. The resulting document offers recommendations for a best-practices approach to postvention infrastructure, resources, services and research. This panel will be the first public presentation of the result of this two-year effort. We summarize evidence for t...
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Mindfulness and Grief: Techniques For Post-traumatic Growth

Mindfulness-based practices, such as meditation, yoga and formal compassion practice, can help bereaved people steady their mind, relax their body, and make meaning from their loss, all while tapping into the stress-reducing relaxation response. Based on case studies from a weekly drop-in Relaxation and Meditation for Grief Group at a community meditation center, this session will illustrate how these ancient practices can cultivate post-traumatic growth and even improve physical and emotional...
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A Mother's Tears: From Grief to Activism

History shows that civil rights have had an unlikely champion — the grieving mother. In the midst of great loss, mothers have taken stands against intolerance and injustice. This session will explore dynamics of a grief experience that invites communities into their process to serve as a beacon for transformation. The cases of Trayvon Martin, Oscar Grant, and Michael Brown will serve as a backdrop for a discussion of grief, maternal activism and civil rights. Participants will be asked to ex...
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Old Meets New, East Meets West: The Fusion of Grief Experience and Ritualization Among Chinese

Grief is a universal experience, but different cultures prescribe diversified forms of rituals to symbolize this special transition. These rituals evolve over time, adapting to contextual changes. At the same time, rituals transform with the interactions of different cultures which are facilitated by globalization. A cosmopolitan city, like Hong Kong, is a melting pot where old meets new and East meets West. This presentation will outline the changing rituals in death and bereavement practice ...
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Love in Action

Andrew Harvey will expound on the notion of love in action, drawing attention to the “seven laws” he believes should guide our work in the world. With the fusion of values with deeds, every thought, word or action should be imbued with a profound sense of the sacred. Our work becomes holy work, our actions sacred offerings. In Andrew’s words, “If you’re really listening, if you’re awake to the poignant beauty of the world, your heart breaks regularly. In fact, your heart is made to...
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Working with Grieving Teenagers

Clinical work with teenagers can be challenging in a general sense. They often do not self-present for treatment, and rapport-building can be a slow process requiring steadiness and patience. When teenagers are grieving the death of someone close to them, their belief that no other person can truly “get” what they are going through is intensified. This presentation includes information regarding unique aspects of teenagers’ understanding of death and how that understanding translates int...
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The Role of Medication in Grief Therapy: Two Case Studies

The role of medication in grief therapy has been controversial. In this presentation, we will briefly hear about two case studies of grief therapy which involved the use of medication. In one, the medication was effective in helping the client deal with some distressing symptoms. In the other, the medication may have helped, but also hindered the client’s recovery. Following presentation of the cases, a psychiatrist with background in the relationship between grief and depression will offer ...
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Finding Resilience: Thinking Small in the Big Badness

Serious illness and hospitalization are big events. In thanatology circles, we hope that advance care planning and education about hospice and palliative care will prevent bad outcomes that can result from “overtreatment,” should the patient take a fatal turn. Why do these hopes remain painfully unfulfilled? Fear, unpredictability, and inexorability continue to complicate situations at the bedsides of patients with life-threatening illness, despite the spread of palliative care and hospic...
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Motherless Daughters: A Twenty-Year Retrospective

Hope Edelman, noted speaker and bestselling author of six books, including Motherless Daughters and Motherless Mothers, will share an overview of events since the publication of Motherless Daughters through the book’s 20th anniversary edition, released this spring. In 1994, bereavement services for children were limited, and no services existed for women who’d experienced early mother loss. Since then, programs and centers have multiplied; support groups for motherless women have started a...
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Grieving Artistically: A Panel for Therapists

The use of the arts in psychotherapy is a burgeoning area of interest in the field of bereavement. But how should clinicians choose between divergent approaches and what criteria should they use to decide which art-based method to use—and when? Panelists will provide a conceptual scaffold for use of the expressive arts in grief therapy, conveying concrete methods and anchoring them in brief case studies. In particular, use of music, creative writing, the visual arts and improvisational theat...
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Beyond Gender: Understanding the Ways Men and Women Grieve

Many individuals believe that if an individual does not show or share sadness or express other emotions, that individual is not in touch with or is suppressing grief. In fact, grief reactions are highly individual and varied. Many men, and women, may express their grief in more instrumental ways, showing grief in more cognitive or active manifestations. This session explores the different patterns or styles of grief, emphasizing that each of these pattern has their own distinct advantages and...
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Helping Bereaved Clients Identify, Develop and Utilize Resources

Working with people who are grieving is not just about helping them come to terms with their loss, but about helping them move back into productive, connected lives. To do this, many clients must access resources they may not have needed, or developed, up to the point of their loss. These include internal resources such as the ability to tolerate and manage strong emotions, and external resources such as the supportive relationships with others. Some clients may need help with interpersonal s...
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Global Healing in a Brokenhearted World

What does healing mean in the larger context of political, economic, environmental, and spiritual crisis that characterizes our era — in which large mushroom clouds of grief, fear, and despair circulate throughout the human family? Depression, anxiety, psychic numbing, addiction, and mass violence escalate as our ability to tolerate these three core dark emotions declines. In these times, it is essential that we who provide help to others widen our understanding of the parameters of our sorr...
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Understanding and Supporting Children Grieving the Death of Someone in Their Life

Understanding how children process and adapt to changes in their life, and how children feel most comfortable expressing their thoughts and feelings about these changes, is important if we are going to provide an environment that is supportive to children who are grieving. This presentation will present a framework for understanding children’s mental development as it relates to adaptation to life after the death of someone in their life. We will explore bereaved children’s perspectives on...
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Parental Experiences and Decisions Regarding Fetal Anomalies

Upon a diagnosis of fetal anomalies, parents’ default reality of a “perfect child” is altered by risk factors and the possibility of an “unhealthy child.” This study begins with the realization of this first loss in a series of losses as parents grapple with diagnostic information & end-of-life decision making that occurs within the prenatal context. The results of an interdisciplinary grounded theory study examine the experiences and the processes of personal/emotional decision maki...
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Let’s Stop “Staging” Dying and Bereaved Persons

Stage-based theories have been proposed to explain both coping with dying and coping with bereavement. In fact, one such theory has become widely known and is frequently mentioned in public discussions, even though this theory has found no support in the scholarly literature and most stage-based theories have fallen into discredit among knowledgeable researchers, clinicians, and educators. This presentation offers an assessment of stage-based theories, including their strengths and limitations...
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Riding the Dragon: Strengthening the Inner Life of the Caregiver

As professional caregivers, one of the greatest gifts that we can share with others is a sense of our own peace. However, we can’t share what we don’t have. By discussing psychological approaches to maintaining perspective and inner strength in challenging times, Dr. Wicks, an expert on the prevention of secondary stress (the pressures experienced in reaching out to others), offers insights into how we can remain resilient and, in turn, extend our warmth to others without losing our own in...
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Improving Social Skills in Children & Adolescents

Improving Social Skills in Children & Adolescents is a 4-hour online continuing education (CE/CEU) course that provides healthcare professionals with practical tools to guide children in gaining social competence. Highlighting the benefits and advantages to having well-developed social skills and demonstrating the difficulties and challenges that arise from a lack of these crucial skills, this course will provide practical tools that teachers and therapists can employ to guide children to o...
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Using Therapeutic Groups in Working with the Bereaved

About the Webinar Therapeutic groups have been commonly used to support bereaved persons. There are unique therapeutic elements in bereavement groups that can complement the use of individual work. In this webinar, research on the use of group work with the bereaved will be summarized. Procedural considerations in running group will be discussed. The therapeutic elements as well as group dynamics will be outlined. Specifically, possible group activities that can assist clients will be highl...
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Really Bizarre Sexual Behaviors

The range of extant human behavior is truly extraordinary. But, the range of sexual behaviors is exponentially more so. Some are so infrequent and atypical that we call them “bizarre.” Such sexual practices may be described by some laypersons as “sick” or “abnormal.” Even some health care professionals may label such behaviors as “paraphilic” or “psychopathological” or a major behavior or personality disorder or as simply symptomatic of very serious emotional disturbances. ...
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Treating Grief as a Mental Disorder: Concerns and Consequences

About the Webinar Join Donna Schuurman for a look at the social construction of grief as a mental disorder, its historical roots, current status, and future implications for bereaved individuals, communities, and those who serve them. With the removal of the "bereavement exclusion" in the DSM-5, against the official public stand of ADEC, and the inclusion of "Persistent Complex Bereavement Disorder" in "Conditions for Further Study," bereavement professionals bear an ethical responsibility ...
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The Sustaining Capacity of Compassion in the Midst of Loss and Grief

About the Webinar Compassion is a capacity that allows us to be attentive to the experience of ourselves and others, and to sense what will deeply serve in many different situations. While there has been a great deal of emphasis on the concept of compassion fatigue, new research indicates that compassion is actually a self-sustaining response, even in situations of intense grief and trauma. In this webinar, we start by focusing on the elements of compassion and explore how compassion differ...
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Rethinking Narcissism

This is a test only course (book not included). The book (or e-book) can be purchased from Amazon or some other source. This CE test is based on Rethinking Narcissism (HarperCollins 2015, 256 pp.), which has enjoyed international expert and critical acclaim for its exciting blend of empirical rigor, practical strategies, and compelling narrative style. In it you’ll discover: A new definition of narcissism, which clarifies the connection between healthy and unhealthy narcissism. A novel...
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Caffeine and Health

Caffeine is a rapidly absorbed organic compound that acts as a stimulant in the human body. The average amount of caffeine consumed in the US is approximately 300 mg per person per day - the equivalent to between two and four cups of coffee - with coffee accounting for about three-fourths of the caffeine that is consumed in the American diet. This is considered to be a moderate caffeine intake, which, according to many studies, can promote a variety of health benefits. But some studies clai...
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When Your Young Client is Defiant

When Your Young Client is Defiant is a 3-hour online continuing education (CE/CEU) course that provides practical strategies for managing challenging and defiant behavior in young clients. Adults are often at a loss when it comes to handling defiance and power struggles. Some lecture the child on disrespectful behavior. Others ignore it, hoping it will go away. All parents find it a frustrating and annoying part of the parenting experience (the same may be said for many clinicians). For cli...
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Animal-Assisted Therapy and the Healing Power of Pets

This is the first course in a three part series and includes the story of Deirdre Rand’s journey with her animal companions and the lessons learned from the challenges and rewards of those relationships. Also discussed are temperament, socialization and training; the role of the neurohormone oxytocin in strengthening the human-companion animal bond; the founding of the three major organizations which register volunteer handler/therapy teams, along with the contributions of key historic figur...
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Codependency: Causes, Consequences and Cures

In this course, the author offers in-depth and in-person strategies for therapists to use in working with clients who present with the characteristic behavior patterns of codependency. Clients are usually unaware of the underlying codependency that is often responsible for the symptoms they’re suffering. Starting with emphasis on the delicate process of building a caring therapeutic relationship with these clients, the author guides readers through the early shame-inducing parenting styles t...
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Improving Cultural Competence in Substance Abuse Treatment

Culture is a primary force in the creation of a person’s identity. Counselors who are culturally competent are better able to understand and respect their clients’ identities and related cultural ways of life. This course proposes strategies to engage clients of diverse racial and ethnic groups (who can have very different life experiences, values, and traditions) in treatment. The major racial and ethnic groups in the United States covered in this course are African Americans, Asian Ameri...
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Ethics & Risk Management: Expert Tips VII

This course addresses a variety of ethics and risk management topics in the form of 22 archived articles from The National Psychologist and is intended for psychotherapists of all specialties. Topics include: mismatch resolution; malpractice insurance; ethical prohibition; documentation, lawyers and common sense; hot topics in psychological practice; self-care; forensic psychology; ethics with feeling; telepsychology risks; patient access to records; divorce counseling; ethics, psychology and ...
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Achieve Success with PQRS: Mastering the Measures, 2015

The Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), the first step toward pay-for-performance, is part of a broad initiative from the federal government and private insurance companies aimed at advancing health care quality and value over volume. PQRS encourages clinicians to attend to issues such as safety, healthy lifestyles, and improvement of care coordination. Policy experts predict that PQRS will not be limited to Medicare but will be required by most third party payers in the near future. Th...
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Constructive Clinical Supervision in Counseling and Psychotherapy

Constructive Clinical Supervision in Counseling and Psychotherapy articulates a practical, theoretical approach to supervision that integrates salient elements of a number of diverse but complementary theoretical perspectives from the fields of human development, psychotherapy, and clinical supervision to assist in facilitating supervisee growth and change from a constructivist framework. Constructive Clinical Supervision is written in a way that is highly accessible and inviting to supervisor...
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HIV/AIDS: Adherence Issues

People who live with HIV can live almost normal lifespans and have little risk of transmitting the disease if they use antiretroviral therapy appropriately under medical care. However, only 30% of HIV-infected people follow their antiretroviral regimen well enough to achieve viral suppression. This course will discuss adherence issues in populations at high risk for HIV infection, as well as strategies for healthcare professionals to encourage patients to seek and maintain medical treatment.
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The Use of Humor in Therapy

Should therapists and counselors use humor as a therapeutic technique? If so, should they be formally trained in those procedures before their implementation? This course will review the risks and benefits of using humor in therapy and the relevant historical controversies of this proposal. The paucity of rigorous empirical research on the effectiveness of this form of clinical intervention is exceeded only by the absence of any training for those practitioners interested in applying humor tec...
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Caregiver Help: Sex and Dementia

Care providers need to understand that Alzheimer’s and other dementia-related diseases impact the brain in ways that can cause some surprising, challenging and inappropriate behaviors. Some people with dementia may develop a heightened interest in sex – even to the point of aggression; experience a waning or complete loss of interest in sex; become addicted to pornography; lose the ability to understand what kind of behavior is acceptable; have a different perception of place and time and ...
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Communication with Elders

With the increasing number of older people in the United States, it is vital for healthcare professionals to communicate effectively and respectfully with elders. Effective, appropriate communication with elders is important for many reasons. For psychotherapists and other mental health professionals, communication is the foundation of service delivery. Communication is required for assessment of the person prior to treatment. Symptoms are, after all, subjective and must be reported by the per...
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Caregiver Help 2: Depression and Grief

The emotional stress of caring for persons who are aging, chronically ill or disabled can be debilitating for family members as well as professional caregivers. This course addresses caregiver depression and grief and provides a three-step process that can help develop an attitude of creative indifference toward the people, situations and events that cause emotional stress. It offers suggestions for dealing with preparatory grief, an experience shared by families and professionals as they cope...
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Florida Mental Health Laws and Rules

This course is approved to meet the requirements of a Florida Laws and Rules course as a license renewal requirement for Florida-licensed clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists, and mental health counselors. It is required every third biennium after initial licensure. Content of this course will include excerpts from the relevant Florida statutes and Administrative Code regulating the practice of social work, marriage and family therapy and mental health counseling, along with...
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Helping Your Young Client Persevere in the Face of Learning Differences

Clinicians and teachers working with students struggling at grade level are committed to raising their students’ achievement potential by creating opportunities to learn. In order to accomplish this, they need to learn new techniques that can help encourage discouraged students – particularly those who have different ways of learning – by supporting and motivating them without enabling self-defeating habits. This course will provide new strategies and techniques for helping students mini...
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Living a Better Life with Arthritis: Eliminating Self-Defeating Behaviors

Every day, people unwittingly choose actions and attitudes that contribute to pain or lead to other less-than-desirable consequences for their health, relationships or ability to function. These actions and attitudes are what are called self-defeating behaviors (SDBs) and they keep us from living life to the fullest—if we let them. This course is a self-instructional module that “walks” readers through the process of replacing their self-defeating arthritis pain issues with healthy, posi...
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Biology of Aging: Research Today for a Healthier Tomorrow

What is aging? Can we live long and live well—and are they the same thing? Is aging in our genes? How does our metabolism relate to aging? Can your immune system still defend you as you age? Since the National Institute on Aging was established in 1974, scientists asking just such questions have learned a great deal about the processes associated with the biology of aging. Technology today supports research that years ago would have seemed possible only in a science fiction novel. This cours...
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Economic Distress and Clinical Practice

This is a brief course that defines stress and its physical, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral responses and identifies the common indicators of financial stress. It demonstrates a model for performing a financial stress assessment that uses specific tools to identify impact, severity and components of financial stress. It goes on to illustrate a variety of interventions, including thought construct, self-narrative, meaning, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), disputing dysfunctional belief...
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