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The Grieving Brain

The Surprising Science of How We Learn from Love and Loss

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About the Course:

For as long as humans have existed, we have struggled when a loved one dies. Poets and playwrights have written about the dark cloak of grief, the deep yearning, how devastating heartache feels. But until now, we have had little scientific perspective on this universal experience. In The Grieving Brain, neuroscientist and psychologist Mary-Frances O’Connor, PhD, gives us a fascinating new window into one of the hallmark experiences of being human. O’Connor has devoted decades to researching the effects of grief on the brain, and in this book, she makes cutting-edge neuroscience accessible through her contagious enthusiasm, and guides us through how we encode love and grief. With love, our neurons help us form attachments to others; but, with loss, our brain must come to terms with where our loved ones went, or how to imagine a future that encompasses their absence. Based on O’Connor’s own trailblazing neuroimaging work, research in the field, and her real-life stories, The Grieving Brain does what the best popular science books do, combining storytelling, accessible science, and practical knowledge that will help us better understand what happens when we grieve and how to navigate loss with more ease and grace.

This course is based on the book, The Grieving Brain created by Mary-Frances O’Connor, Ph.D. published in 2022.

Publication Date:

HarperOne (February 1, 2022) Feb 2022

Course Material Author

Mary-Frances O'Connor, Ph.D.

Mary-Frances O’Connor, Ph.D. is an associate professor of psychology at the University of Arizona, where she directs the Grief, Loss and Social Stress (GLASS) Lab, Dr. O’Connor conducts studies to better understand the grief process both psychologically and physiologically. She is a leader in the field of complicated grief, a clinical condition in which people do not adjust to the acute feelings of grief and show increases in yearning, avoidance, and rumination. Her work primarily focuses on trying to tease out the mechanisms that cause this ongoing and severe reaction to loss. In particular, she is curious about the neurobiological, immune, and cardiovascular factors that vary between individual responses to grief.

Mary-Frances O'Connor, Ph.D. authored the material only, and was not involved in creating this CE course. They are identified here for your own evaluation of the relevancy of the material this course is based on.

Course Creator

Elizabeth Mosco, Ph.D., PMH-C, CPLC

Elizabeth Mosco, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in Reno, NV. She opened a private practice
after 10 years of conducting home-based assessment and therapy with the VA Sierra Nevada
Health Care System. Dr. Mosco’s clinical interests include maternal mental health, older adults,
and third wave cognitive behavioral therapies.

Recommended For:

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

Course Objectives:

  1. Recognize how cognitive neuroscience helps to explain why it is so hard to understand that a person has died and is gone forever?

  2. Describe why grief causes so many emotional reactions.

  3. Summarize what happens to the brain during grief.

  4. Summarize how our understanding of grief science has changed over time.

  5. Discuss complicated grief, including the treatment for it.

  6. Recognize how our brain enables bonding in relationships.

  7. Discuss the link between rumination and grief.

  8. List several strategies to manage overwhelming grief and restore a meaningful life.

  9. Summarize why grief is a form of learning.

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Course Number 103225
14 credit hours
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