Title

Community, Continuity, and Faith in the Midst of Loss: Culturally-Sensitive Practice Guidelines for Clinical Work with Grieving Coptic Clients

Publication Date

6-2019

Abstract

Grief literature has evolved over the decades from encouraging people to “severing” ties (Freud, 1917, p. 255) to, currently, “continue bonds” with the deceased (Worden, 2002, p. 16). Although much has changed in psychology’s conceptualization of attachment with the deceased, current psychological literature continues to overlook the communal and spiritual components inherent to many non-Western communities’ grief processes, including that of the Coptic American community. Given the American Psychological Association’s ethical principles that require competent and culturally-sensitive care, this deficit in the literature and resources is problematic. The aim of this project is to address this gap by developing practice guidelines. This will be done by using Coptic spiritual and cultural themes to adapt William Worden’s four tasks of mourning (Worden, 2002). In doing so, this project aims to avail clinicians with a culturally and spiritually informed resource that can be used in clinical settings with grieving Coptic clients.

Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (PsyD)

First Advisor

Pak, Jenny H.

Document Type

Dissertation

Language

English

Keywords

Bereavement, Grief, Spirituality, Indigenous psychology, Cultural psychology, Clinical psychology

Disciplines

Clinical Psychology | Psychology

Comments

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Embargo Period

6-4-2020

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