Understanding and Treating Anxiety in Bereavement

Understanding and Treating Anxiety in Bereavement
Type: Webinar
Presenter: Terri Rando

Despite evidence suggesting that anxiety is the preeminent emotion in acute grief, it remains a seriously underappreciated element in the aftermath of loss. The focus is often on other emotions, such as depression, anger, or guilt, and there seems to be little awareness of the critical role it plays in catalyzing mourning processes. This is unfortunate since anxiety is often a significant concern for the bereaved and can create many problems, whether such anxiety is at "normal" levels (as found in uncomplicated acute grief) or rises to the level of post-traumatic distress (as found after traumatic deaths). This webinar will explain the critical role of anxiety in bereavement, examine its forms and impacts, and outline strategies for effective intervention.


Learning Outcomes:

After participating in this webinar, attendees will be able to:

  • identify the functional role of anxiety after death of a loved one,
  • delineate the six sets of issues provoking anxiety in acute grief,
  • list at least three intervention strategies in each of the four areas anxiety manifests itself - physiological, psychological, social and behavioural.



Dr Therese Rando, PhD, BCETS, BCBT, is a clinical psychologist in Warwick, Rhode Island and serves as the Clinical Director of the Institute for the Study and Treatment of Loss, which provides mental health services through psychotherapy, training, supervision, and consultation.

Her work specializes in: loss and grief; traumatic stress; and the psychosocial care of persons with chronic, life-threatening, or terminal illness, and their loved ones. Since 1970, she has consulted, conducted research, provided therapy, written, and lectured internationally in areas related to loss, grief, illness, dying, and trauma. She also has provided expert witness testimony in legal proceedings involving illness or bereavement. Current professional foci include treatment of complicated mourning, loss of a child, the interface between post-traumatic stress and grief, anticipatory mourning, specialized intervention techniques in the treatment of traumatic bereavement, and the integration of EMDR into intervention with grief and mourning.

Dr. Rando holds a doctoral degree in psychology from the University of Rhode Island and has received advanced training in psychotherapy and in medical consultation-liaison psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University Medical School and University Hospitals of Cleveland. A former consultant to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Hospice Education Program for Nurses, she developed its program for training hospice nurses to cope with loss, grief, and terminal illness.

Dr. Rando has 80 written works pertaining to the clinical aspects of thanatology. She is the author of Treatment of Complicated Mourning (1993); How To Go On Living When Someone You Love Dies (1991); Grief, Dying, and Death: Clinical Interventions for Caregivers (1984); Coping With the Sudden Death of Your Loved One: A Self-Help Handbook for Traumatic Bereavement (2017) and is a co-author of Treating Traumatic Bereavement: A Practitioner’s Guide (2014). She serves on the editorial boards of Death Studies and Omega. She is a national media resource expert in dying, death, loss, and trauma for the American Psychological Association.

 Wednesday, 18th October 2017
Time  10.30am - 12 noon AEST

ACGB Member Price     
 Non-Member Price

Cancellation and Refund Policy

The Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement reserves the right to cancel education programs that do not achieve minimum participation, in which case all fees will be refunded.Registration cancellations will not be accepted unless made in writing to the centre. Cancellations made more than thirty (30) days prior to the event date will be refunded less 25% of the registration fee to cover administration costs.
No registration refunds will be made after this date.

18/10/2017 10:30 AM - 18/10/2017 12:00 PM

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