Expired Understanding Prolonged Grief Disorder and Its Treatment

Prolonged Grief Disorder (PGD) is a new diagnosis in official diagnostic systems developed by the World Health Organization (ICD-11) and the American Psychiatric Association (DSM- 5). This workshop will provide a conceptual framework for understanding the relationship between usual grief, complicated grief, and PGD and describe how to recognize the latter.

The workshop will introduce strategies for screening, diagnosis, and assessment of individuals with PGD and discuss how to differentiate this condition from MDD and PTSD. The workshop will include some simple, practical procedures from Prolonged Grief Disorder Therapy (PGDT), a short-term, strength-based intervention that’s been efficacy tested.

Learning Objectives:

  • To describe grief and adaptation to loss
  • To differentiate PGD from MDD and PTSD
  • To introduce and explain the use of a grief monitoring diary


Dr. M. Katherine Shear is the Marion Kenworthy Professor of Psychiatry and the founding Director of the Center for Prolonged Grief at Columbia University School of Social Work. Dr. Shear is a clinical researcher who first worked in anxiety and depression. For the past 25 years she has focused on understanding and treating people who experience persistent intense grief which is now an official diagnosis called Prolonged Grief Disorder in the DSM-5. She developed and tested Complicated Grief Therapy/Prolonged Grief Disorder Therapy, a short-term, strength-based intervention that helps foster adaptation to loss and confirmed its efficacy in three large NIMH-funded studies.

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  • June 24, 2022
    1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

M. Katherine Shear, MD

3 CE Contact Hours

Location:   Online Event


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