Session Topics

Session 1 8:30 a.m.: To understand grief, understand bonding and attachment

  • Differentiating attachment processes from attachment styles
  • Neurobiology of attachment in prairie voles
  • Neurobiology of attachment in humans, including reward learning
  • Developmental aspects of attachment theory

Session 2 10:30 a.m.:Neurobiology of grief and grieving

  • Difference between grief and grieving
  • Cognitive neuroscience of grief
  • Gone ButAlso Everlasting theory
  • Structural brain constraints on learning during grieving
  • The utility of basic science as a lens on grief

Session 3 1:30 p.m.: Prolonged Grief Disorder (PGD) (Grieving as form of learning)

  • Distinguishing grief and trauma
  • Debunking the myth of the 5 stages of grief
  • Empirical data on the grieving trajectories
  • Stigma vs benefit of psychological diagnosis
  • Diagnostic criteria and cultural considerations

Session 4 3:30 p.m.: Toolkit of coping strategies and psychotherapeutic intervention

  • Emotion regulation flexibility, the right strategy for the right moment
  • Avoidance
  • Rumination