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Advanced Grief and Bereavement: Understanding Attachment Styles

April 13, 2017
2:00 – 3:00 pm ET

CE/CME Information

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Webinar Description

When a family member has died, communicating with family members and supporting communication between family members is a critical but often challenging task for care providers. One of the factors that can help or hinder communication in these situations is what psychologists have identified as differences in attachment style that are reflected in differing degrees of trust, emotional expressiveness, and the capacity to manage one’s feelings, particularly under conditions of stress. In this Webinar, faculty will discuss the role of attachment style in how people respond to the death of a loved one, and address how an understanding of attachment style can improve communication and minimize friction among all concerned.

Webinar Objectives

At the completion of this Webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the role of attachment in how people react to the death of a family member
  • Use your understanding of different attachment styles to communicate more effectively with family members
  • Help family members with different attachment styles communicate more effectively and empathically with each other
  • Anticipate how different family members will express and manage their grief and which of them are most likely to benefit from professional grief support


Phyllis Kosminsky, PhD, LCSW, FT

Dr. Kominsky is a clinical social whose work focuses on grief, loss and trauma. Dr. Kosminsky received her Masters in Social Work from Columbia University and her Ph.D. in Social Welfare from Brandeis University. She is a certified provider of EMDR and has extensive training in hypnotherapy as an adjunctive psychotherapy technique. Dr. Kosminsky has provided individual and group counseling to hundreds of bereaved people over the past twenty years. She counseled families and others affected by 9/11 in the immediate aftermath of that attack, and in the years following. She has conducted hundreds of trainings for mental health professionals nationally and internationally in the treatment of normal and complicated grief and is a regular presenter at national and international conferences. Dr. Kosminsky has served on the Board of Directors of the Association for Death Education and Counseling for six years, during which time she was a member of the association’s task force to develop an up to date and comprehensive outline of the body of knowledge essential to the field of death and dying, which was published in 2016. In 2014 Dr. Kosminsky was admitted to membership in the International Work Group on Death, Dying and Bereavement (IWG), and with her colleagues in that organization is engaged in work on the development of a common core set of skills and tasks for the practice of grief therapy. Dr. Kosminsky is the author of two books and has contributed to a number of edited volumes and journals. Her book with John R. Jordan, Attachment Informed Grief Therapy: The Clinician’s Guide to Foundations and Applications (Routledge, 2016) integrates research, theory and practice in attachment theory, affect regulation, and grief therapy.

Counselor: The National Hospice and Palliative Care has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6232. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. NHPCO is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. 

Nurse: NHPCO is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

NHPCO designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 contact hours. Nurses should claim only the contact hours commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Accredited status by ANCC refers only to continuing nursing education and does not imply endorsement of any commercial product discussed in conjunction with this activity.

Physician: The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

NHPCO designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Certificate of Participation for Non-physician Healthcare Professionals: For participants* whose disciplines are other than counselor, nurse and physician, you may request a Certificate of Participation for Non-physician Healthcare Professionals to submit to your accrediting bodies/licensing boards for continuing education credit. This certificate will indicate the Webinar was certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) TM. It is the responsibility of participants to submit the certificates to their accrediting bodies/licensing boards for approval. Unfortunately, NHPCO cannot guarantee its acceptance. To receive this certificate, you must complete all CE/CME requirements and indicate your desire to receive this certificate on the evaluation form.

*including bereavement professionals, finance professionals, physician assistants, social workers, spiritual care givers, etc.

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