James Bartley, a Psychotherapist in the Heritage Program at Valley County Health System, attended an educational workshop titled “Grief & Its Complications” on February 13 in Lincoln, NE. The workshop was co-sponsored by the Mourning Hope Grief Center, HoriSun Hospice Community Foundation, Bryan Medical Center and Southeast Community College.
Dr. Robert A. Niemeyer, Ph.D, from the University of Memphis, was the featured speaker. Dr. Niemeyer presentation addressed the evidence that grief is truly a process, an evolution that takes place over time and not necessarily in predictable stages, like old grief models believe. He suggests instead that newer grief models drawing on attachment, coping and meaning reconstruction may be more scientifically valid and practically useful.
The VCHS Heritage Program for seniors is a behavioral health program that provides individualized treatment for older adults who suffer from psychiatric, emotional or behavioral disorders.