Person-Centered/Emotion-Focused Approach to Grief Counseling

A Person-Centered/Emotion-Focused Approach to Grief Counseling 

Presenter: Dale Larson, Ph.D.

Time: 12:00 – 1:30pm CDT

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Non-Members - $50

Our understanding of grief and the needs of grieving persons has advanced significantly in recent years, but these insights are typically not connected to specific counseling theory and practices which could then provide a foundation for effective grief counseling.  This webinar will present a rationale for a person-centered/emotion-focused approach as this foundation, drawing upon my chapter (“A person-centered approach to grief counseling”) in The handbook of person-centered psychotherapy and counseling, and the work of Rogers, Gendlin, Greenberg, Paivio, Bohart, Larson, and others.   We will first examine how the person-centered approach and its elaboration and development as Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), fit with contemporary theories of grief and mourning and the needs of bereaved persons. Examples of the approach in action will then be presented, with a special focus on experiential interventions that can facilitate getting grief working for our clients. 


  • Describe recent innovations in models of grief and trauma, with focus on the dual-process and task models, and their implications for our interventions 
  • Describe the elements of a person-centered/emotion-focused approach to grief counseling  
  • Identify specific person-centered/emotion-focused interventions in relation to markers identified in models of grief and the grieving process 

Continuing Education

This webinar is pending approval by the American Psychological Association and the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) for 1.5 CE Hours.

Presenter Information:

Dale G. Larson, Ph.D. (U. C. Berkeley) is Professor of Counseling Psychology at Santa Clara University, where he directs graduate studies in Health Psychology, and is a Fellow in the Divisions of Counseling Psychology, Health Psychology, and Humanistic Psychology in the American Psychological Association.  A clinician and Fulbright Scholar, he is the author of the award-winning book, The Helper's Journey: Working with People Facing Grief, Loss, and Life-Threatening Illness, and has published widely on counseling and health issues, self-concealment, stress theory, and counseling skills.  His undergraduate degree in psychology is from the University of Chicago, where a course with Gene Gendlin awoke a passion for psychology and led to his later involvement with Carl Rogers and the emotion-focused approach.  Dale was Senior Editor and a contributing author for the Finding Our Way: Living with Dying in America national newspaper series that reached 7 million Americans and is the recipient of numerous awards for his contributions to end-of-life care and training, including the 2016 Death Educator Award from the Association for Death Education and Counseling. 


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Webinar Platform:

The webinar will be presented via Zoom and will require your system to allow the Zoom platform to be downloaded and ran to watch the live presentation. Log in instructions will be sent the day before the webinar to the email used during registration.

Webinar Access Email:

If registered by October 8, 2018, the access information will be sent 24 hours prior to the start of the webinar. If registered October 9 & 10, access information will be sent the day of the webinar at 11:15 am CDT. 
10/10/2018 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

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