November 19, 2002
Social Work Professor to
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
on Psychological Effects of Bereavement
NORTHAMPTON, Mass.-Joan Berzoff, professor
in the Smith College School for Social Work (SCSSW) and founding
director of the SCSSW's End-of-Life Care Certificate Program,
will give a lecture titled "Loss and Bereavement: Challenges
for Psychological Development" at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec.
2, in Wright Hall Auditorium. The talk, which is part of a year-long
series of inaugural events honoring Smith's new president, Carol
T. Christ, is open to the public at no charge and wheelchair
Using film, literature and clinical examples, Berzoff will examine
the ways in which grief and loss present both crises and opportunities
for us and will explore such questions as why some mourners experience
death as dangerous and depleting while others find new meanings
from it that expand their sense of self.
In addition to directing the End-of-Life Care Certificate Program,
Berzoff is co-director of the SCSSW's doctoral program.
She is co-author of the clinical textbooks "Inside Out and
Outside In: Psychodynamic Theory and Practice in Multicultural
Practice," "Dissociative Identity Disorders: Conflicts
in the Diagnosis and Treatment" (both published by Jason
Aronson Press) and the forthcoming "Living with Dying: A
Textbook in End-of-Life Care for Social Work" (to be published
in 2003 by Columbia University Press).
Berzoff is the recipient of a Project on Death in America Social
Work Leadership Award and serves on the advisory board for the
Project on Death in America. She received the Outstanding Scholar
Award from the National Academy of Practice in 2000 and is in
private practice in Northampton.