Grieving Across Cultures

Patricia Sherman, PhD, LCSW 

There are many types of losses: death; divorce; employment; relationships; identity. While we usually think of grief as being related to the aftermath of the death of a person, it can also play an important role in any type of loss. This workshop will discuss various types of losses, describe the normal grieving process, and discuss complicated and disenfranchised grief and its effects on the grieving process. Cultural differences in responding to grief will be woven in throughout the workshop.


  • Discuss how culture might affect the expression of grief.
  • Identify three situations that can lead to complicated grief.
  • State how disenfranchised grief might be experienced by different cultures.
  • Distinguish between a normal grief reaction and one that reaches the level of a mental health diagnosis, i.e. depression.
  • Describe the typical grieving process in at least two different cultures.

Location: Conference Room, 70 South Orange Avenue, Livingston, NJ 07039

Date: Wednesday, November 14, 2012               Time: 9:00a.m.-3:30p.m.

9:00-9:30a.m.                    Registration and coffee/tea service
9:30-10:30a.m.                 Welcome and Introduction
                                      Types of Grief and Common Grief Responses
10:30-10:45a.m.               Morning Break
10:45-11:00a.m.               Differences Between Grief and Depression
11:00-11:30a.m.               Impact of Culture on Grief
11:30-12:00p.m.               Disenfranchised Grief
12:00-1:00p.m.                  Lunch break. Lunch will be provided.
1:00-2:15p.m.                    Grief and Death Rituals in Different Cultures
2:15-2:30p.m.                    Afternoon Break
2:30-3:30p.m.                    Intervention with Grieving Individuals/Families

Target Audience: Mental Health Administrators, Clinicians, Self-Help Center Managers/Facilitators, Screeners, Case Managers. This is a moderate level training.

CEUs: Approved for 5 Continuing Education Credit Hours in Social Work Cultural Competence or Clinical by the National Association of Social Workers with Kean University Department of Social Work co-sponsorship.

In accordance with NASW guidelines, all participants must sign-in and sign-out and complete a course evaluation in order to receive CEUs. Partial credit will not be given to those arriving late or leaving early. 

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Facilities: If you need accommodations for a disability, please contact Niki DeVonish, Training Coordinator, at 973-323-3454. 

Priority & free registration will be open to staff of DMHAS-contracted mental health agencies and self-help centers until October 31, 2012.
After October 31st, public registrations will be accepted based on space availability for a $25 fee.
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