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Grief in the DSM-5: The Most Recent Diagnostic Guidelines

Designed for mental health professionals, this course discusses the most recent bereavement-related diagnostic criteria in the DSM-5® including the bereavement exclusion in major depressive disorder, uncomplicated grief, and persistent complex bereavement disorder. You’ll learn why the changes were needed, what the implications of those changes are in clinical practice, and how those implications can enhance or detract from differential bereavement assessments. Also discussed is a look ahead to why the inclusion of prolonged grief disorder in future DSMs is needed in clinical practice and proposed criteria.


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Christina Zampitella, PsyD, FT
2 Hours 53 Minutes
Feb 12, 2021
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Dr. Christina Zampitella, PsyD, FT, is a licensed clinical psychologist in both Delaware and California and a Fellow of Thanatology (expert in death, loss, and bereavement) through the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC).  She is the owner of The Center for Grief Therapy and Education, co-owner and director of clinical services at Integrative Psychology Group, and a professional speaker. She works as an adjunct faculty member at Marian University’s Master’s in Thanatology program, National University, and Goldey-Beacom College, focusing her research, course development and teaching on Bereavement Studies and Integrative Psychology. She served as the chair for the Continuing Education Committee for the San Diego Psychological Association from 2007-2009 and the Delaware Psychological Association from 2018-2019. Dr. Zampitella specializes in death, loss, bereavement, integrative psychology, spirituality and nature-based therapy. She is the former resident psychologist on Fox 5 News in San Diego and often appeared on NBC News. She has been featured in Elle Magazine, BuzzFeed, and The Huffington Post.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Christina Zampitella is co-owner and director of Clinical Services at Integrative Psychology Group. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Christina Zampitella is a Fellow of Thantology.


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  1. Investigate the history of how bereavement has been addressed in previous Diagnostic and Statistics Manuals (DSM).
  2. Evaluate why the bereavement exclusion was removed from the diagnosis of major depressive disorder in the DSM-5.
  3. Apply diagnostic criteria from the DSM-5 to diagnose uncomplicated and complicated bereavement.
  4. Analyze the diagnostic criteria for prolonged grief disorder and characterize how it relates to clinical practice.


Grief in Previous DSM’s
  • History of how bereavement has been addressed
  • Why changes were needed
Change in ICD-11
  • Prolonged grief disorder
  • Diagnostic criteria
Grief in the DSM-5: Changes and Diagnosis
  • Elimination of the bereavement exclusion criterion for major depressive disorder
  • Research regarding complicated grief
  • Persistent complex bereavement disorder in the DSM-5
  • How to diagnose complicated and uncomplicated bereavement using the DSM-5
A Look Ahead
  • Why Prolonged Grief Disorder in the DSM is needed in clinical practice
  • Proposed criteria

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Case Managers
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Counselors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Social Workers
  • Nursing Home Administrators
  • Pastoral Counselors
  • Chaplains/Clergy
  • Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners
  • Mental Health Nurses
  • Thanatologists
  • Funeral Directors


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