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Continuing Studies


We already know that grief is a multifaceted process that affects all of us. Certain types of grief and loss can exacerbate these challenges. Through lecture materials, interactive discussion, personal exploration and therapeutic approaches, this class will help you explore the complexities of grief. Our focus will include disenfranchised grief, ambiguous loss, complicated grief, and anticipatory grief, as well as effective strategies to manage them. Additionally, you will identify aspects of post-traumatic growth and how it informs coping with grief. You will leave with new knowledge, ideas and strategies to empower you and to implement in your own grief work and professional life.

Due to COVID-19 and the need for continued physical distancing, we are offering this class as a live, online experience. This class will still meet on March 4 & 5, 2022, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. CT.


Learner level

  • Intermediate

Learning objectives

  • Identify components of disenfranchised grief.
  • Differentiate between types of ambiguous loss.
  • Discover strategies for working with disenfranchised grief, ambiguous loss, anticipatory grief, complicated grief, and posttraumatic growth.
  • Analyze the impacts of anticipatory grief.
  • Apply techniques for coping with grief.
  • Identify aspects of posttraumatic growth.
  • Compare personal responses to loss.

Earn Continuing Education Hours

By participating in this class you will earn:

Instructional Hours 12
University of Wisconsin Continuing Education Units 1.2
American Psychological Association - Continuing Education Credit 12
Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services - Substance Abuse Counselors - Continuing Education Credit Hours 12
Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services - Marriage and Family Therapists - Continuing Education Credit Hours 12
Certified Health Education Specialist - Continuing Education Contact Hours 12
Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services - Social Workers - Continuing Education Credit Hours 12

Explanation of Continuing Education Hours

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Program Questions?

Contact info@dcs.wisc.edu or 608-262-1156

Registration Questions?

Email registrations@pyle.wisc.edu or call 608-262-2451.

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Meet your instructor(s)

Erica Srinivasan


(PhD) is an assistant professor of psychology at UW-La Crosse, where she also serves as the director for the Center for Grief and Death Education. She is co-chair for the gerontology emphasis.