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Research and Application of the Dual Process Model of Coping with Bereavement

Title: Research and Application of the Dual Process Model of Coping with Bereavement with Dale Lund, PhD    

CE/CME Offered:

CE/CME Credit Available: Counselor, Nurse 

Member Price:  $105.00
Non-Member Price:  $210.00

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Length: 1.0 hour
Description: This plenary session will provide a description of the Dual Process Model (DPM) of bereavement that includes its basic features, what makes it unique, how it is being tested in research studies and how it can be used in practice to enhance coping with grief and bereavement.  In addition, Dr. Lund will review some of the most important predictors of how people adjust to bereavement, from the perspective of an experienced researcher.


  • Identify the basic features of the DPM and understand what makes  it  unique
  • Describe new research being done to test the effectiveness of the DPM in facilitating adjustment
  • Employ  the DPM  in their  practice settings to help bereaved persons cope with loss
  • Discuss the best predictors of bereavement adjustment based on research findings and  find ways to integrate these findings into their work with grieving persons

Dale Lund, PhD

Dale A. Lund is Professor and Chair of the Sociology Department at California State University San Bernardino. He also serves as the Co-Director of the Center for the Promotion of Health Disparities Research & Training and the Center on Aging.  Before relocating to CSUSB in 2009, Lund served on the faculty at the University of Utah for 28 years and was the director of the university-wide Gerontology Center for 15 years.  He also taught at North Dakota State University and Valdosta State University in Georgia. He is nationally and internationally known for his research, publications, and presentations focused on the ways older adults adjust to major life transitions, particularly spousal bereavement-widowhood and family caregiving to persons with dementia. Presently his research tests theoretically-based interventions to enhance the participant’s mental and physical health outcomes.

Dr. Lund and his colleagues just completed an intervention study designed to test the effectiveness of the dual process model (DPM) of coping with bereavement with older spouses and partners in Salt Lake City and San Francisco. He is extending this project by another 5-year study funded by the National Cancer Institute that provides a similar intervention delivered individually rather than to groups of bereaved widows. The participants include hospice patients dying from cancer and their surviving spouses or partners.

His work has been funded by the National Institute on Aging, National Cancer Institute, Administration on Aging, Bureau of Health Professions, National Center for Nursing Research and the National Alzheimer’s Association.  He has published over 100 journal articles and book chapters and is the editor of two books; Older Bereaved Spouses (1989) and Men Coping With Grief (2001). 

Dr. Lund is the recipient of numerous teaching, community service and research awards including the Outstanding Researcher Award by the International Association for Death Education and Counseling (1996).  He also was the book series editor of “Death, Value & Meaning” for Baywood Publishing from 2005-2012. He is a member of several national and international associations in sociology, aging and death studies.


Planners: Barbara L. Bouton, MA, FT and Jennifer Kennedy, MA, BSN,   RN have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Faculty:  Dale Lund, PhD, has no relevant financial relationships to disclose. 

CE/CME Credit Hours: Counselor:  1.0 Clock Hour
Nurse: 1.0 Contact Hour
Social Work: 1.0 Contact Hour
Completion: In order to complete this online activity and obtain CE/CME credit, participants must view the course in its entirety, correctly answer all case studies and quiz/test questions (as appropriate) and complete the evaluation. You will have access to the course for 90 days from the date of purchase.
CE/CME Info:

Counselor: The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization 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 enduring material for maximum of 1.0 contact hour. 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.

Release Date: March 13, 2014
Review Date:  March 13, 2017

Expiration Date:  

March 13, 2020

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