Adjusting to Death and Loss: Theory, Research & Practice

With Daniel V Papero, PhD, LCSW of the Bowen Center in Washington, DC
And Anthony Papa, PhD, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Nevada, Reno
Saturday, May 9, 2015
Courtyard by Marriott Santa Rosa, California
8:45am to 5:00pm

Anthony Papa, PhD

Anthony Papa, PhD

From the death of a family member to losing health or a job, individuals vary in how well they adjust to life after death and loss. Research begun by psychologist George Bonanno and carried forward by his students has revealed remarkable similarity in the patterns of resilience and breakdown across many kinds of loss and adversity. The evidence challenges conventional thinking about grief work and assumptions about optimal emotional patterns following loss. We are fortunate to have with us an important contributor to and expert on this body of research and its implications for clinical practice, Dr. Anthony Papa, PhD. Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Daniel Papero PhD, LCSW

Daniel Papero PhD, LCSW

Death and loss are among the most important nodal points in the life of a family. Families vary in their ability to adjust to death and loss and the difficulty for individuals within the family depends on their position in the emotional patterns of their family system. Relationship variables also determine the potential for a family shock wave following death, when the impact of loss reverberates through the system, potentially impacting the family over succeeding generations.  To address the family system and adjustment to loss from the perspective of Bowen theory, we are fortunate to have with us Dr. Daniel Papero PhD of the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family in Washington, DC.



8:00 Registration

8:30 Welcome – Laura Havstad, PhD, Programs in Bowen Theory

8:45 – 10:00 Dr. Papa – Trajectories of loss, moderating factors, and clinical treatments for grief and promoting resilience

10:00 – 10:20 Break

10:20 – 11:55 Dr. Papero – Bowen theory and family reaction to death

11:55- 12:30 Panel with Dr. Papa and Dr. Papero and discussion with the audience

12:30 – 1:45 Lunch on your own – or bring a brown bag to watch a video lecture by Dr. Murray Bowen


1:45 – 3:00 Dr. Papa – Preservation of Self and Identity Disruption after Death and Loss

3:00-3:15 break

3:15- 4:30 Dr. Papero – Family Adaptiveness and the shockwave following death and loss

4:30- 5:00 Panel with Dr. Papa and Dr. Papero and discussion with the audience


Regular Fee is
$150 by April 25, $165 after April 25

For students & interns with proof of status:
$95 by April 25 or $115 after April 25

Includes 6 CEU’s for Psychologists, MFTs & LCSWs

Programs in Bowen Theory is approved by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing professional education for psychologists. PBT maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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Courtyard by Marriott
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Jan Beaulyn, MFT (707) 280-9773