USFSM Duvall Family Studies Initiative and Tidewell Hospice Partner on Event


The USF Sarasota-Manatee College of Arts & Sciences’ Duvall Family Studies Initiative and Tidewell Hospice will jointly present J. William Worden, PhD, professor at Rosemead Graduate School of Professional Psychology, California, on May 8 from 9-10:30 a.m. in Selby Auditorium on the USFSM campus. Worden will discuss “Understanding Complicated Grief”, a look at the different ways individuals adapt to loss, tracing important developments in the treatment for grieving individuals and examining the importance of continuing bonds, meaning making and resilience.

It has been 30 years since the first edition of Worden’s Grief Counseling & Grief Therapy was published. In that time, there have been many changes in the understanding of the bereavement process and how best to help individuals and families. The presentation will focus on how and why the mourning process can go wrong and lead to complicated bereavement. Specific ways to diagnose and treat complicated mourning will be addressed, as well as the recent attempt to include Bereavement as a mental disorder in the forthcoming DSM-V.

The event is free and open to both professional counselors and members of the public. Refreshments will be served. Two contact hours for the program are pending to ARNP, RN, LPN, LCSW and NHA. (Professional license number information must be presented for educational credit). Continuing Florida education provider No. 50-973.

For more information and to register, call Jane Roberts at 941-359-4604 or email: