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Case Study: Guilt, Grief, and Bereavement.

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If necessary, review Case Study: Guilt, Grief, and Bereavement, the media piece you were asked to view earlier in this unit. Imagine that you are discussing this case with Susan Florman, the counselor who will be working with Tracy Davis, the woman who has lost her mother.
Would you describe Tracy as at-risk bereaved? Why or why not?
What were some of the most important issues Tracy brought up when talking with Susan?
Describe what techniques might be most effective when working with this client.

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i) Is a client at-risk bereaved?
Criteria of complicated bereavement: At risk of falling into clinical depressions, erratic behavior/significant suicidal ideation i.e. visualizing and planning death to be with the deceived, anxiety symptoms, poor physical health

So when you are describing or assessing for At-risk bereavement- look for maladaptive behaviors- i.e., sleeplessness, rumination, suicidal thoughts, repetitive habits that impact functioning etc.
Next, consider symptoms in the degree of severity and hindering ...

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