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Survivors Guilt, Regret and Shame: Interventions for Today’s Grieving Clients

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Dr. Christina Zampitella, PsyD, FT
1 Hour 36 Minutes
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Apr 29, 2022
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Guilt, regret, and shame are common emotions to experience after a loss or traumatic event. But the pandemic has added unique and complicated elements to counselling and treatment that we must account for. In this timely session, Dr. Christina Zampitella, FT will show you how to help clients manage the “should’s” of regret, end self-blame and shame, and overcome the profound sense of guilt they may feel because loved ones succumbed to the virus while they survived.



This online program is worth 1.75 hours CPD.



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Center for Grief and Trauma Therapy

Dr. Christina Zampitella, PsyD, FT, is a licensed clinical psychologist and a Fellow of Thanatology through the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC). She is the founder ad owner of The Center for Grief and Trauma Therapy, co-owner and director of clinical services at Integrative Psychology Group, and a professional speaker. She teaches in undergraduate and graduate level psychology programs for several universities, focusing her courses and publications on death, loss, grief and trauma. She served as the chair for the Continuing Education Committee for the San Diego Psychological Association from 2018-2019. Dr. Zampitella specializes in death, loss, bereavement, integrative psychology, and nature-based therapy. She is the former resident psychologist on Fox 5 News in San Diego and often appeared on NBC News in California and Philadelphia. She has been featured in Elle Magazine, BuzzFeed, Washington Post and The Huffington Post.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Christina Zampitella maintains a private practice. She is the owner of The Center for Grief and Trauma Therapy and co-owner of Integrative Psychology Group. She has employment relationships with Goldey-Beacom College, Marian University, and National University. Dr. Zampitella receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Christina Zampitella is a member of the Association for Death Education and Counseling, the American Psychological Association, and the Delaware Psychological Association.

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  1. Analyze the relationship between guilt and the well-being of bereaved persons.
  2. Utilize mindfulness interventions to enhance grieving clients’ self-awareness and management of painful thoughts and emotions.
  3. Use psychoeducation to teach self-compassion interventions to clients they can use to build shame resiliency.


  • Define the multiple categories of guilt
  • Survivors guilt in the COVID era
  • Addressing the “should’s” and “if only’s” of regret
  • Mindfulness and acceptance to reduce distressing thoughts and feelings
  • Self-compassion interventions for shame resilience
  • Research, risks and limitations

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Social Workers
  • Therapists
  • Other Helping Professionals


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