Grief, Bereavement and Prolonged Grief Disorder

Grief, Bereavement and Prolonged Grief Disorder

Webinar Overview

Grief, Bereavement and Prolonged Grief Disorder
Prolonged Grief Disorder (PGD) is a clinically important condition that until very recently has been overlooked in medical and psychiatric practice, in mental health research, and in our official diagnostic nomenclature. In the last year, PGD has finally become recognised as a mental condition by both the ICD-11 and DSM-5-TR. Its recognition is of great consequence because the syndrome occirs with relative frequency, characterises a population at high risk for ongoing distress, suffering, medical morbidity, and psychiatric comorbidity. For individuals with PGD, ongoing life may seem empty, unrewarding and untenable, and recurrent thoughts of 'joining' the deceased are common. PGD can be diagnosed by history alone, and when properly managed, can carry an excellent prognosis. Time limited, grief-focussed psychotherapy is the treatment of choice. This presentation will describe diagnostic clues, differential diagnosis, risk factors and treatment. 

This webinar has been designed for Psychiatrists, Clinical Psychologists and other Mental Heath providers. 

Learning Outcomes

What can participants expect to have learned after attending this webinar:

  • Describe key characteristic and features of acute and integrated grief. 
  • Describe key characteristic and features of Prolonged Grief Disorder.
  • Differentiate Prolonged Grief Disorders for ordinary grief, Major Depressive Disorder and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder.
  •  Learn an evidence-based treatment approach to Prolonged Grief Disorder. 


Presenter Biography

Sidney Zisook, M.D., is a Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry at UCSD. Dr. Zisook received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Berkeley and his medical degree from Stritch-Loyola, Chicago. He completed his residency in Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and Clinical Fellowship at Harvard Medical School. Currently, he serves as Director of the UC San Diego Healer Education, Assessment and Referral (HEAR) program which is dedicated to enhancing engagement and well-being and preventing burnout and suicide in healthcare workers and trainees. His major areas of academic focus include suicide prevention, grief and bereavement, treatment of depression and psychiatric education.  He is the co-author of the widely used Texas Revised Instrument to Measure Grief (TRIG), was on a DSM-5 Advisory Committee on Mood Disorders with a special emphasis on grief and bereavement and his work has been instrumental on the DSM-5’s elimination of the bereavement exclusion for the diagnosis of Major Depressive Disorder and the DSM-5-TR’s decision to add Prolonged Grief Disorder and a mental condition. He is on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology, the Scientific Advisory Board of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, Scientific Advisor to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the Board of Directors of the American College of Psychiatry. He recently served as National Co-Chair of a VA Cooperative Study on Treatment Resistant Depression, PI of an NIMH study on the Treatment of Complicated Grief and PI of an AFSP study on Treatment of Suicide-loss Bereavement. Current funded research includes UC San Diego PI of an industry-sponsored multi-site study assessing Psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy for treatment resistant treatment depression, PI on a Sanford Institute for Empathy and Compassion grant on physician well-being and suicide prevention and another Sanford Institute grant on caregiver empathy and compassion. 

Webinar Details


Thursday, 27th May 2021.


Victoria: 10.00am - 11.30am AEST
New South Wales: 10.00am - 11.30am AEST
Tasmania: 10.00am - 11.30am AEST
South Australia: 9.30am - 11.00am ACST
Queensland: 10.00am - 11.30am AEST
Northern Territory: 9.30am - 11.00am ACST
Western Australia: 8.00am - 9.30am AWST


If you're unable to attend at the scheduled time but you would still like to purchase this webinar please register and regardless of attendance at the scheduled time you will be sent a recording of the webinar to view at your leisure. This recording will remain available for three months.


  • ACGB Member: $50.00
  • Non Member $75.00

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. Please note: The full invoiced amount will still be payable in the event of non-attendance on the day.

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27/05/2021 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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