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Digital Seminar

Grief in the DSM-5®: Changes in Diagnosing Grief-Related Disorders

Christina Zampitella, PsyD, FT
1 Hour 28 Minutes
Sep 30, 2013
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Designed for mental health professionals, this course discusses the hotly debated bereavement-related DSM-5® changes: the bereavement exclusion in major depressive disorder, uncomplicated grief, specified trauma and stressor related disorders, and the proposed diagnosis of complicated grief. You will learn, based on empirical research, why the changes were needed, what the implications of those changes are in clinical practice, and how those implications can enhance or detract from differential bereavement assessments. Also discussed are the reason why the changes remain problematic and what the implications are for future DSM® editions.



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Dr. Christina Zampitella, PsyD, FT, is a licensed clinical psychologist and a Fellow of Thanatology through the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC). She is the founder ad owner of The Center for Grief and Trauma Therapy, co-owner and director of clinical services at Integrative Psychology Group, and a professional speaker. She teaches in undergraduate and graduate level psychology programs for several universities, focusing her courses and publications on death, loss, grief and trauma. She served as the chair for the Continuing Education Committee for the San Diego Psychological Association from 2018-2019. Dr. Zampitella specializes in death, loss, bereavement, integrative psychology, and nature-based therapy. She is the former resident psychologist on Fox 5 News in San Diego and often appeared on NBC News in California and Philadelphia. She has been featured in Elle Magazine, BuzzFeed, Washington Post and The Huffington Post.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Christina Zampitella maintains a private practice. She is the owner of The Center for Grief and Trauma Therapy and co-owner of Integrative Psychology Group. She has employment relationships with Goldey-Beacom College, Marian University, and National University. Dr. Zampitella receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Christina Zampitella is a member of the Association for Death Education and Counseling, the American Psychological Association, and the Delaware Psychological Association.

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  1. Analyze how the current research in the field of bereavement is related to the changes that made in the DSM-5®
  2. Evaluate the changes in the DSM-5® and respond to those changes in differential diagnosing
  3. Theorize why the changes made in the DSM-5® are still problematic
  4. Evaluate the implications in regard to future editions of the DSM®


Bereavement in the DSM® - historical context

Why were changes needed           

What are the changes in the DSM-5®?

  • Uncomplicated grief
  • Other Specified Trauma and Stressor Related Disorders
  • Persistent Complex Bereavement Disorder - conditions for further study (Section 3)

Why are these changes still problematic?

How to use the DSM-5® for diagnosing uncomplicated and complicated grief - implications for the bereaved

  • Differential diagnosing
  • The "note" under Major Depressive Disorder

Future DSM® implications 

Target Audience

Psychologists, Counselors, Social Workers, Case Managers, Addiction Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, Chaplains/Clergy, and other Mental Health Professionals

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