Complicated Grief and Loss: Finding Hope Beyond the Pain and Suffering 2.0

Original price was: $149.00.Current price is: $69.00.



The loss of a loved one can be one of the most challenging, distressing, and shared experiences people face. In most situations, people are able to move through the grieving process and accept the loss in order to move forward. For some, the grieving process becomes more persistent, complex and prevents from returning to normal functioning. Complicated Grief and Loss: Finding Hope Beyond the Pain and Suffering 2.0 will explore the most effective and researched evidence-based treatment approaches to use in your clinical practice for complicated grief and traumatic deaths. Through the insights you will gain, you can better assist Christian clients in developing a psychologically and spiritually healthy perspective of loss and build their resilience with a biblically-based understanding of hope and assurance.

Learning Objectives 

Participants will: 

  1. Determine researched criteria and conditions that contribute to complicated grief wherein little, or no, forward movement is apparent over a lengthy period 
  2. Enhance the clinician’s knowledge and under- standing of the effects of situational trauma within the client’s grief experience, how the brain physiology and function become altered as a result of the trauma, and what that means for the griever 
  3. Assess the different types of evidence-based treatment protocols related to trauma and complicated grief in order to determine the best practices to be implemented 
  4. Determine how sound psychological and biblical principles can enlarge and support treatment of complicated grief to increase resilience, hope, and assurance for the Christian client.


Norman Wright, M.A.,D.Min., is a licensed Marriage, Family and Child Therapist and he has taught in the Grad. Department of Biola University. He was former director of the Graduate Department of Marriage, Family and Child Counseling at Biola University, as well as an Associate Professor of Psychology. He was also Associate Professor of Christian Education and Director of the Graduate Department of Christian Education at the Talbot School of Theology. At the present time he is Research Professor of Christian Education at this same institution. He was in private practice for over thirty years. 

Robert C. DeVries, Ph.D., is professor emeritus of church education at Calvin Theological Seminary and an ordained pastor. He speaks nationally to churches, community groups, and professional organizations and facilitates a variety of educational grief support groups. 

Susan J. Zonnebelt-Smeenge, Ed.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist now in private practice in Marietta, Georgia. She worked at Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services in Grand Rapids, Michigan, for over 20 years. She speaks nationally to churches, community groups, and professional organizations and facilitates a variety of educational grief support groups. 

Course Lessons

CGL 101Introduction to Complicated Grief 

In this session, Robert C. DeVries, Ph.D., and Susan J. Zonnebelt-Smeenge, Ed.D., will discuss and provide and introduction to and what makes clients more susceptible to complicated grief.  

Runtime: 54 minutes 47 seconds

CGL 102The Effects of Trauma on Brain Physiology 

In this session, H. Norman Wright, M.A., D.Min., will distinguish the differences between loss, crisis & trauma, and the effects of trauma on the brain. 

Runtime: 58 minutes 30 seconds

CGL 103: Promoting Hope in Dealing with Complicated Grief 

In this session, Robert C. DeVries, Ph.D., and Susan J. Zonnebelt-Smeenge, Ed.D., will discuss the frameworks, research, and psychological and spiritual impacts of complicated grief on Christian clients.   

Runtime: 1 hour 9 minutes 34 seconds

Continuing Education

3.0 CE Credits available for LPC, LMFT, and LCSW.

The American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) offers some psychologists, therapists, counselors, social workers and play therapists Continuing Education (CE) credit due for good standing with certain states and a limited number of professional organizations. It remains the responsibility of each participant to be aware of state licensure and CE requirements. Participants should check their state and/or local regulations regarding required continuing education hours. For more information Light University Continuing Education programs, please visit: https://lightuniversity.com/continuing-education-statements/