Close panel

Create Account Reset Password

Log In

Find your state board CE requirements:

For NBCC Counselor (NCC), click here: NCC CE Requirements.

Prolonged Grief

$ – For pricing details, see our Pricing page.  **Make sure you are logged in prior to taking any exam or purchasing units.**

You will need to purchase 1 unit for every 1 hour of coursework to gain access to the certificate of completion.

You will receive a certificate of completion after passing the exam, completing the course evaluation, and purchasing the appropriate number of units.  The certificate of completion will then be accessible on your myCourses page in the Your Course History section under the tab “Aspira Courses I’ve Passed”.  There will be a “Download” button under the “Certificate” column that you will be able to click on to pull up your certificate once all requirements listed above have been met.

To access the course document, click on the “View Coursework” button below (you may need to scroll down on the page). If the course is a video course the button will read “View Webinar” or “View Video”.  If the course is a Book course the button will display “Buy Book”.

Prolonged Grief (Recorded Webinar) – Online CE Course (New Course!)

Prolonged Grief Course Objectives, Description, and Outline

Course Objectives:
  • Articulate diagnostic criteria for Prolonged Grief Disorder (PGD) and analyze pros and cons of the diagnosis
  • Conceptualize an understanding of clients with PGD and formulate goals and interventions
  • Create and utilize diverse treatment interventions to assist clients in the resolution of PGD
Course Description:

With the recent release of the DSM-5-TR, clinicians are eager to learn about updates, especially a new diagnosis. This new DSM edition ushers in only one official new diagnosis, Prolonged Grief Disorder (PGD). This workshop will present the new diagnosis and its criteria, explore the pros and cons of such a diagnosis, and examine methods of assessing for PGD. The use of diverse interventions and tools will be covered. Clinicians will feel more informed about this new diagnosis and better prepared to support clients who may be have PGD.

Course Outline:
  • Introduction to Martha’s case study
  • DSM-5-TR – What’s new
    • One new diagnosis – PGD
    • Other updates
    • PGD diagnostic criteria
  • Analyzing the new diagnosis
    • Pros and cons
    • Influences of Covid
  • Etiology of PGD
    • Risk factors
    • Conceptualization – thoughts, feelings, behaviors
    • Martha’s case
  • Assessment
    • Assessment tools
    • Differential diagnosis (MDD and PGD)
    • Assessing Martha’s core symptoms
  • PGD Treatment
    • Goals of treatment
    • Treatment options
    • Common problems
    • Strategies and procedures
    • Treatment examples
      • CBT
      • Solution-focused questions
      • Situational revisiting
      • Additional treatment options
  • Healing Milestones
  • Growing around grief
  • Termination with Martha
  • Resources
  • Video clip – Loss of child PGD
Instructors: Diane Bigler, LCSW, LSCSW

Diane Bigler, LCSW, LSCSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Missouri and Kansas with over 25 years of experience in the mental health field. She has held various clinical positions as an outpatient and in-home therapist and clinical supervisor. Diane was an Adjunct Professor of Social Work for 10 years at The University of Kansas, School of Social Welfare and a Field Liaison and Field Instructor. She has also held administrative positions as a program Director and Coordinator. Diane is a frequent local and national trainer on a wide variety of mental health and workplace development topics with clinicians and corporations. Diane is most passionate about providing quality professional development to clinicians, employees, and leaders.


Click here to return to Aspira Continuing Education’s Home page of CEs for Psychologists, MFTs, Social Workers, Professional Counselors, and SUDC Counselors


You may also be interested in:

Childhood Traumatic Grief Curriculum CE Course

No state selected.

Click a state below to see the professions that this course is approved for.

Approved States

Click a state below to see the professions that this course is approved for.

  • Guam
  • Wisconsin
  • West Virginia
  • Wyoming
  • North Dakota
  • Nebraska
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • Nevada
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Vermont
  • Washington
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Iowa
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Massachusetts
  • Maryland
  • Maine
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Mississippi
  • Montana
  • North Carolina
  • Washington, DC
  • Connecticut
  • Colorado
  • Arizona
  • Alaska
  • Arkansas
  • Alabama
  • California