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Mourning, Loss, and Grief

April 8, 2024 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm, Wyman Classroom

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2-Year Certificate Program (2YCP)
2023-24, 4th Term — Mondays, 6:30-7:45pm
Christopher J. Keats, MD
Nancy Goldov, PsyD, LP, BC-DMT

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Welcome to the last seminar series of your two-year program. Congratulations on reaching this occasion! This course and the readings found in this syllabus will provide a framework for thinking about mourning, loss, and grief. The material we will read and the themes inherent in mourning, loss, and grief, hold some of the most profound and basic issues that we as humans face: issues of existence and non-existence, life and death, love and loss, human and clinical limitations. Analytic wisdom on facing and dealing with all losses (developmental steps, transitions, separations, relationship endings, injury, illness, aging, termination, and death) is rich and varied.

Learning Objectives

Students in the course will:

  1. be able to identify aspects of grieving in themselves and in people coming to them for treatment, and to respond with empathy and compassion.
  2. appreciate the many manifestations of loss and the value of providing witness in the face of loss.
  3. be able to describe aspects of our own vulnerability working with loss and endings, and to list what is mutative in facing loss.

April 8, 2024 — Mourning and Melancholia

[22 pages]

Freud, S. (1917). “Mourning and Melancholia” in The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud, Volume XIV, pp237-258.


April 8, 2024
6:30 pm - 7:45 pm
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