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The Internal Worlds of Grieving Families

Title: The Internal Worlds of Grieving Families with Janice Nadeau, PhD

CE/CME Credit Available:

Counselor and Social Worker

Member Price:  $35.00
Non-Member Price:  $70.00

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Length: 1.0 hour

This course was originally presented at NHPCO, AAHPM and HPNA’s 2015 Virtual Conference entitled Clinical Advances in the Art and Science of Care.

Grief is a family affair. In this presentation we will explore what happens structurally and relationally inside of families when a family member dies. Concepts to be explored include boundary blurring, parentified children, emotional debts and failure to launch. Becoming more aware of the internal worlds of families can increase our effectiveness as helpers both before and after a family becomes bereaved.


  • Articulate the advantages of seeing the family as a dynamic system
  • Identify three family patterns that may emerge in grieving families after a family member dies
  • Describe how at least one bereaved family pattern can become  problematic if it persists over time

Janice Nadeau, PhD

Dr. Janice Winchester Nadeau is a Psychologist, Marriage and Family Therapist, a Fellow in Thanatology and holds a Master's Degree in Nursing. She has been active in the death, dying and bereavement field for 30 years in the roles of hospice nurse, college faculty, researcher, psychotherapist and author. Since 1994 she has been in full time private practice in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 1987 Dr. Nadeau received a four-year National Institute of Health grant to study the impact of loss on families. Her doctoral dissertation won the National Council on Family Relations and Sage Book Award that resulted in her publication of Families Making Sense of Death (Sage, 1998). In 1995 Dr. Nadeau was invited to become a member of the International Work Group on Death, Dying and Bereavement, an invitation only group that seeks to improve care to the dying and bereaved. In 2000 she received the Distinguished Service to Families Award from the Minnesota Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. In 2005 she received the Clinical Practice award from the Association for Death Education and Counseling. Dr. Nadeau has presented her work in 7 cities in Australia and New Zealand, the University of Kyoto, the University of Bologna in Italy, as well as multiple sites in Canada and the United States. Most recently she was invited to present her work at the University of Alba Julia in Romania.


Faculty: Janice Nadeau, PhD has no relevant financial relationships to disclose. 

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

CE/CME Credit Hours: Nurse:  1.0 Contact Hours
Social Worker:  1.0 Contact Hours
Physician:  1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
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.

Release Date: April, 2017

Expiration Date:  

April, 2020

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