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Survivors Guilt, Regret and Shame: Interventions for Today’s Grieving Clients

Christina Zampitella, PsyD, FT
1 Hour 36 Minutes
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Apr 29, 2022
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Guilt, regret, and shame are common emotions to experience after a loss or traumatic event. But the pandemic has added unique and complicated elements to counselling and treatment that we must account for. In this timely session, Dr. Christina Zampitella, FT will show you how to help clients manage the “should’s” of regret, end self-blame and shame, and overcome the profound sense of guilt they may feel because loved ones succumbed to the virus while they survived.



PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This program is worth 1.75 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.



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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 and 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 2007-2009 and the Delaware Psychological Association from 2018-1019. 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: Christina Zampitella is the owner of The Center for Grief and Trauma Therapy and co-owner of Integrative Psychology Group and has an employment relationship with Goldey-Beacom College and National University. She receives a speaking honorarium from Tatra Training, TZK Seminars, StateServe, Muscogee (Creek) Nation Department of Health, Nashville Area Association of Christian Counselors. Christina Zampitella is the founder and host of Phoenix Rising with Dr. Z. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Christina Zampitella serves on the advisory committee for the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, is on the exam writing committee for the Association for Death Education and Counseling and is an advisory board member for the National University Integrative Psychology Program. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, Delaware Psychological Association, and the American Federation for Suicide Prevention.


  1. Analyze the relationship between guilt and the well-being of bereaved persons.
  2. Utilize mindfulness interventions to enhance grieving clients’ self-awareness and management of painful thoughts and emotions.
  3. Use psychoeducation to teach self-compassion interventions to clients they can use to build shame resiliency.


  • Define the multiple categories of guilt
  • Survivors guilt in the COVID era
  • Addressing the “should’s” and “if only’s” of regret
  • Mindfulness and acceptance to reduce distressing thoughts and feelings
  • Self-compassion interventions for shame resilience
  • Research, risks and limitations

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Social Workers
  • Therapists
  • Other Helping Professionals

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