Course Description

Hours: 12

When individuals experience a sudden, unexpected and/or violent death, we can anticipate that trauma is going to be part of their grief experience. Traumatic bereavement, however, is more than just the co-existence of grief and trauma. It is the interaction between grief and trauma that creates a persistent and prolonged set of painful and debilitating symptoms. This unique grief experience is highly vulnerable to environmental triggers, which are imbedded in the neuro-pathways of the brain. “Prolonged Grief Disorder” has recently been added to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5-TR), which incorporates the existing literature on complicated grief (CG) as well as new clinical considerations. Trauma informed grief work has become the new standard for clinicians working with individuals who have experienced a traumatic loss. In this workshop, participants will learn about:

  • complicated grief
  • suicide bereavement
  • the effects of trauma on the mourner
  • assessment and diagnostic criteria for PG 
  • trauma informed grief therapy
  • the importance of ceremonies and rituals 
  • taking care to give care


For more information contact the Faculty of Social Work Professional Development office:

Email: fswprofessionaldevelopment@wlu.ca
Remote: 548-889-5128
Online: 548-889-4967

Cancellations and Transfers
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Website: wlu.ca/fswpd

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Section Title
Traumatic Bereavement
Workshop Remote
T, W
9:00AM to 4:00PM
May 07, 2024 to May 08, 2024
Schedule and Location
Total Hours
Delivery Options
Workshop Remote  
Course Fee(s)
Registration Fee non-credit $370.00
Potential Discount(s)
Section Notes

Instructor: Dena Moitoso, MSC, PSYCH CRPO, OACCPP, RP

Location: This workshop is being held remotely through Zoom. 

Website: wlu.ca/fswpd

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