About the Center for Complicated Grief

The Center for Complicated Grief seeks to improve the lives of people with complicated grief through a comprehensive program of outreach, education, training, and research. Under the leadership of M. Katherine Shear, M.D., Marion E. Kenworthy, Professor of Psychiatry at the Columbia University School of Social Work, the Center’s activities focus on four key areas:

• Raising awareness of CG in the general population so that individuals suffering with prolonged, complicated grief, as well as their family and friends, will recognize the condition and learn where to find help.
• Working to disseminate CG-related assessment and therapeutic tools to practicing clinicians such as grief counselors and health professionals.
• Developing curricula for graduate, post-masters and post-doctoral education of mental health professionals.
• Fostering innovative research to continuously improve complicated grief treatment and treatment dissemination.

The Center is committed to training mental health clinicians to administer and teach complicated grief treatment. Through the Center’s Train the Trainers program, experienced therapists are learning to administer CGT and to train new therapists in the treatment. The number of trained CGT therapists around the world is growing as a result of the Center’s Train the Trainers program.

The Center for Complicated Grief was launched in February 2013 and is the first university-based center for CG. The Center is located at the Columbia University School of Social Work in New York City and has partnerships with researchers and clinicians around the world. The Center is built upon a strong foundation of clinical research having grown out of the oldest complicated grief treatment research program in the world.

The Center’s staff and partners are dedicated to helping people with complicated grief reclaim their lives.

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