JCD Article Reviews Evolving Concept of Complicated Grief

As baby boomers encounter successive losses and end-of-life and bereavement issues, and the demand for grief counseling increases, it is critical that counselors learn to distinguish complicated grief (CG)—a prolonged, psychologically immobilizing, and sometimes life-threatening grief response—from a standard grief response. Yet counselor training and discussion of CG in the counseling literature to date has been scarce. The April 2017 issue of Journal of Counseling & Development presents an article on the evolving theory that grief is an idiosyncratic process that varies among individuals, rather than a linear process. Recent empirical studies further show that 10-15% of individuals experience CG. In “Complicated Grief: An Evolving Theoretical Landscape” authors A. Elizabeth Crunk, Laurie A. Burke, and E. H. Robinson, III, review existing literature and provide counselors with risk factors, suggested assessment and diagnosis tools, and treatment approaches for CG. Although CG is a profound and debilitating grief response, once identified it responds well to treatment.

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Complicated Grief: An Evolving Theoretical Landscape
A. Elizabeth Crunk, Laurie A. Burke, and E. H. Mike Robinson III


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Patrick Pössel and Stephanie Winkeljohn Black

Identifying Dynamics of Counseling Leadership: A Content Analysis Study
W. Bradley McKibben, Lindsey K. Umstead, and L. DiAnne Borders

Examination of the Stigmas Toward Help Seeking Among Turkish College Students
Frederick Redekop, Chad Luke, and Nursel Topkaya, David L. Vogel, and Rachel E. Brenner

The Ways Paradigm: A Transtheoretical Model for Integrating Spirituality Into Counseling

Joseph A. Stewart-Sicking, Paul J. Deal, and Jesse Fox

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