Death, Dying & Grief in Psychotherapy: A Brief Psychodynamic Treatment
by Milton Viederman
Over the course of four actual sessions, Milton Viederman, MD, demonstrates a psychoanalytic approach to working with grief.
Paying detailed attention to the subtle nuances of the therapeutic relationship, Milton Viederman, MD, adapts the principles of psychoanalysis to a course of brief therapy. Pat is the primary caregiver for her dying husband and is experiencing the grief and fear around his impending death. Forming an interpretation of Pat's core conflict and elaborating this theme throughout the sessions, Viederman helps Pat explore the early life experiences that give meaning to her current emotional responses. He builds rapport and trust with this open and engaging client, offering her a supportive environment in which true insight is produced.In a poignant follow-up session, Pat reveals that the therapy was instrumental in helping her be at peace with her husband's death.
In Depth
By watching this video, you will be able to:
  • Describe the specific techniques used in Viederman's approach to brief psychodynamic treatment.
  • Identify the basic principles of this approach to working with people who are dealing with the sickness and death of a loved one.
  • Explain how a clinician employing Viederman's approach would conduct an initial interview with someone dealing with death, dying, and grief.

Length of video: 1:21:00

English subtitles available

Individual ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-220-4

Individual ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-220-4

Group ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-221-2

Group ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-221-1

Dr. Milton Viederman is Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University and until recently directed the Consultation-Liaison Service at the New York Presbyterian Hospital. Among the institutions at which Dr. Viederman has lectured are Oxford University, Harvard University, Duke University Medical School, University of Chicago, and UCLA School of Medicine. His honors include four Outstanding Teacher Awards at Cornell and two at the Columbia Psychoanalytic Center for Training and Research, the Ruth Easer Memorial Lecture at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Toronto, Ontario, Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for Liaison Psychiatry, the Robert Liebert Award in Applied Psychoanalysis, the Dr. Nathan Seidel Lecture on the Art of Medicine at the Beth Israel Hospital in Boston among others.

A psychodynamic perspective and an interest in the narrative structure of people's lives formed his Consultation-Liaison experience. Many of his publications address therapeutic change in the psychoanalytic situation and therapeutic possibilities during consultation. His recent publications include: George Seurat: A Life Divided, Active Engagement During the Consultation Process, Presence and Enactment in the process of Psychotherapeutic Change, The Uses of the Past and the Actualization of a Family Romance, Metaphor and Meaning in Conversion Disorder, The Therapeutic Consultation: Finding the Patient, and A Model for Interpretative Supportive Dynamic Psychotherapy.

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