4th Edition

Grief Counselling and Grief Therapy
A Handbook for the Mental Health Practitioner, Fourth Edition

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ISBN 9780415559997
Published December 2, 2009 by Routledge
328 Pages

USD $46.95

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Book Description

Grief affects different people in different ways, most emerge from mourning in a healthy manner but for some the death of a loved one can cause intense emotional pain that is difficult to recover from. This type of grief can often surface as an underlying cause of physical and mental health problems requiring professional treatment.

This highly anticipated fourth edition builds on the success of the previous editions which received worldwide acclaim for their sensitive, insightful, and practical approach to grief counselling. Worden incorporates emerging theories and cutting edge research into this fully revised edition which includes:

  • a new chapter on the mourning process discussing the personal and social difficulties that shape mourning
  • detailed guidelines for approaching special types of grief including suicide, sudden death and miscarriage
  • an updated version of the Task Model.

Grief Counselling and Grief Therapy is an essential resource for everyone working with the bereaved, from those just entering the field, to seasoned practitioners.

Table of Contents

Introduction.  Attachment, Loss, and the Experience of Grief. Understanding the Mourning Process.  The Mourning Process: Mediators of Mourning.  Grief Counselling: Facilitating Uncomplicated Grief.  Abnormal Grief Reactions: Complicated Mourning.  Grief Therapy: Resolving Complicated Mourning.  Grieving Special Types of Losses.  Grief and Family Systems.  The Counsellor's Own Grief.  Training for Grief Counselling.

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J. William Worden, PhD, ABBP, is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and holds academic appointments at Harvard Medical School and at the Rosemead Graduate School of Psychology in California. He is also Co-Principal Investigator of the Harvard Child Bereavement Study, based at the Massachusetts General Hospital. 


'The fourth edition of this book retains all the theoretical strengths and clinical wisdom of past editions, while incorporating emerging theories and cutting-edge research. It is required reading for any counselor, educator, or researcher who wishes to understand grief.' - Kenneth J. Doka, PhD, Professor, The Graduate School, The College of New Rochelle; Senior Consultant, The Hospice Foundation of America, USA