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The Bereavement Experiences of LGBT+ People Who Have Lost a Partner

About the Course:

Past research has found that there are experiences of bereavement specific to the LGBT* community. The authors have reviewed available research on bereavement experiences of members of the LGBT* community and have created a model of bereavement that accounts for the interaction of self-disclosure/acceptance of an LGBT* identity and the impact of loss/bereavement. The proposed model may highlight some of the needs of bereaving members of the LGBT* communities for providers who work with members of these communities.

This course is based on the reading-based online, The Bereavement Experiences of LGBT+ People Who Have Lost a Partner created by Katherine Bristowe, Steve Marshall, and Richard Harding in 2016.

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Course Material Authors

Katherine Bristowe

Katherine Bristowe is a research associate at King’s College London, Cicely Saunders Institute, Department of Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation, London. In 2014, she commenced work on the ACCESSCare study, looking to improve the care for people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or trans* and who are facing the later stages of a life limiting illness. She has published multiple articles related to palliative care.

Steve Marshall

Steve Marshall is a clinical academic who combines research and teaching with clinical social work. His research interest focus on impact of life-limiting illness on the whole family; pediatric palliative care; the financial burden of illness; providing appropriate end-of-life care to the LGBT+ community; and improving pre-and post bereavement support. He has published multiple articles in peer reviewed journals.

Richard Harding

Richard Harding as done extensive research in palliative care and has been presented his finding at multiple international conferences.

Course Creator

Paul Pawlicki, PsyD, LP

Paul Pawlicki, PsyD, received his degree in clinical psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, IL, in 2005. From 2004-2006, he taught courses in general psychology, abnormal psychology, and human sexuality at Collin College in Plano, TX. He currently practices individual therapy at the Department of Sexual Medicine at Park Nicollet Health Health Services near Minneapolis, MN.

Recommended For:

Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. To identify characteristics/experiences of bereavement specific to members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or trans* communities

  2. To describe elements of a bereavement model including interactions of disclosure/acceptance of an LGBT* identity and bereavement experiences

  3. To identify the benefits of this model for professionals who do clinical work with LGBT* individuals

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