Grief and Trauma 2.0




In the immediate aftermath of a tragedy, grievers are often surrounded by friends and family who provide help and support through their losses. Yet for some, when the support fades, the pain still lingers. In this course, mental health professionals will identify the different types of losses that result in long-term grief and will explore ways to help clients through disenfranchised grief.


Learning Objectives

Participants will…

  1. Describe how grief and trauma can present together in a case that can be seen in a mental health professional’s office
  2. List thirteen clinical indicators that can help differentiate between normal and abnormal grief
  3. Outline identifiers of disenfranchised grief and the many times that grief is not acknowledged in society


Lessons Title and Descriptions

GAT 101: Grief and Trauma: Identifying the Connection 
David Jenkins, Psy.D.
Grief as a result of trauma can present a unique set of problems; trauma as a result of intense grief can also occur. In this presentation, Dr. David Jenkins walks viewers through what grief and trauma are, how they work together, and what to do when grief and trauma appear together.

Runtime: 58 minutes 7 seconds


GAT 102: When the Pain Lingers: Dealing with Long-term Grief
Jennifer Cisney Ellers, M.A.
How can mental health professionals discern what is normal in the grieving process and what has moved beyond the healthy grief process and into clinical concerns? In this presentation, Jennifer Cisney Ellers lists thirteen clinical indicators that can help differentiate between normal and abnormal grief.

Runtime: 56 minutes 15 seconds


GAT 103: Disenfranchised Grief: When Your Pain Doesn’t Seem to Matter 
Jennifer Cisney Ellers, M.A.
People are quick to respond in love and sympathy when a family member dies, but many truly significant losses are not recognized as such by society. In this presentation, Jennifer Cisney Ellers introduces the concept of disenfranchised grief and the many types of losses that are often unacknowledged by the world.

Runtime: 56 minutes 20


Continuing Education

2.75 CE Credits available for LPC, LMFT, LSW.

2.75 CE Credits available for IBCC Credential Holders.

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: