University of California,
Somatic Aspects of Loss &
August 4 & 11, 2001:
Statement of Purpose:
This two-day course is designed to provide participants
with information, skills and resources to understand the grief process
following a loss. Emphasis will be placed on the somatic (physical) aspects
of grief and loss and explaining the mind-body-spirit connection, including
the new field of psychoneuroimmunology. After this course participants
should be able to determine if referral or treatment is necessary and will
learn conventional and alternative treatment methods for treating the grief
response following a loss.
Loss is a common experience that every person
encounters at sometime during his or her life; it does not discriminate
for age, race, sex, education, economic status or nationality. Grief is
the reaction to the loss. A grieving person can undergo both significant
and subtle changes impacting their physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual
states. They may experience a variety of somatic complaints: fatigue, insomnia,
pain, gastro-intestinal symptoms, chest pressure, palpitations, stomach
pains, backaches, panic attacks, or increased anxiety; these potentially
medically serious complaints require a through evaluation to exclude potentially
serious medical disorders, before a grief response or depression can be
diagnosed. Additionally depressive manifestations and symptoms of distress
can be part of a normal grief response following a loss.
The participants for this course are those interested
in advancing their knowledge about grief and loss—social workers, clergy,
police, nurses, and psychologists. It is open to health and mental health
professionals working in a variety of settings with those facing loss and
grief. This course fulfills a requirement for the UC Berkeley Extension’s
Professional sequence in the Study of Loss and Grief.
University of California
Define the common phases and stages of grief.
Recognize the differences between various types of
Describe the common somatic aspects of grief and
Understand the basics of psychneuroimmunology and
how this field has been used to explain the biology behind the mind-body-spirit
connection, placebos and the healing impact of healers.
Understand the basics of the mind-body-spirit connection
and how this interchange may affect stress, depression and the grieving
Recognize grief-related illnesses.
Know several of the potential sequelae of complicated
loss & grief
Identify warning signs and symptoms that require
further mental health evaluation.
Learn about resources and coping strategies for aiding
Recognize the signs and symptoms of bereavement overload
and professional burnout.
Acquire resources to help the professionals—those
dealing with grieving clients and patients—cope with the stresses associated
with caring for the grieving.
This course fulfills a requirement for the UC Berkeley
Extension’s Professional Sequence in the Study of Loss and Grief. More
information on this Professional series is available at: http://www.unex.berkeley.edu/cert/loss.html
grieving person can undergo both significant and subtle changes impacting
their physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual states. Medically serious
complaints require a through evaluation to exclude potentially serious
medical disorders, before a grief response or depression can be diagnosed.
Kirsti A. Dyer,
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