Iranian Psychological Association of America

What Makes a Death Traumatic, and
What Can Be Done About it Clinically?

Sunday August 22, 2021

Sign In: 9:30 AM

Networking Webinar 9:30 – 10:15 AM followed by presentation

At 10:15 AM to 12:15 PM including Q & A

Lisa S. Larsen, PsyD

Lisa Larsen

Please, join us for two hours of live webinar continuing education class on treating traumatic Grief. Dr. Larsen presents that Traumatic grief is different from regular grief in a number of ways. When clients present with this constellation of symptoms, we as psychotherapists must treat it not only as grief, but also the traumatic aspects of traumatic grief. This presentation covers a definition of TG, symptoms, and treatment. I will also discuss comorbid conditions and different approaches to managing symptoms. In addition, I will present three cases of traumatic grief and how they were handled. Attention will be paid to cultural and spiritual implications in the clinical treatment of traumatic grief.

The educational objectives of attending this class would be for the participants to be able to:

1. Distinguish traumatic grief from normal grief; 

2. Name significant symptoms of traumatic grief; 

3. Name at least three approaches to the treatment of traumatic grief in adults and one in children; 

4. Reflect on cultural implications in the treatment of traumatic grief. 


Lisa S. Larsen, PsyD is a licensed psychologist in Lancaster, California who specializes in trauma, grief, LGBTQQIA adults and teens, and enhancing self-acceptance in her clients. In private practice since 2004, she has helped individual adults, children and adolescents, as well as families, move past painful and difficult events in their lives so they could enjoy life and have a better relationship with themselves and others. She also provides clinical hypnosis to help people overcome low self-esteem, negative habits, and fears. Prior to that, she worked in community mental health clinics and drug and alcohol abuse programs in the San Francisco Bay Area. She moved to Lancaster in 2009 and has been joyfully serving her community there since. She provides psychotherapy online to California residents through HIPAA-compliant video therapy.  If you would like to learn more about Dr. Larsen’s work in psychotherapy, please visit