NEWS RELEASE: Pace University’s Psychology Department to Host Lecture on Discoveries in Grief and Grief Counseling

Pace University’s Department of Psychology will present “New Developments in Grief and Grief Counseling: Bridging Science and Practice,” a lecture by Assistant Professor Anthony D. Mancini, PhD, at the Kessel Student Center on its Pleasantville campus on Wednesday, May 4 at 6 pm. The event is free and open to the public. (Left: Mancini).

Noted Psychologist Shares Recent Findings that Bridge Science and Practice

PLEASANTVILLE, NY, APRIL 26, 2011 – What happens when we experience a loss? How do we grieve and how do we heal? Pace University’s Department of Psychology will present “New Developments in Grief and Grief Counseling: Bridging Science and Practice,” a lecture by Assistant Professor Anthony D. Mancini, PhD, at the Kessel Student Center on its Pleasantville campus on Wednesday, May 4 at 6 pm. The event is free and open to the public.

Mancini challenges old strategies and examines new ways to cope when we lose a loved one. Along with his colleagues, he has authored more than 30 articles and book chapters exploring grief and posttraumatic disorder. In collaboration with George A. Bonanno, PhD, of Columbia University, this latest research offers a new perspective on why some people experience persistent distress following a loss. In this lecture, he will share the main points of a recent study, “Attachment and Prolonged Grief: Evidence for Hyper-Accessibility of the Deceased’s Representation Under Threat” and link it with puzzling aspects of the grief counseling literature.

Mancini  and Bonnano, found new developments in grief research and counseling which highlight specific patterns of response following loss and stressful events. “Although most people manage a loss with minimal disruptions in functioning and others experience initially acute symptoms that gradually subside, an important minority, usually about 10-15%, experiences persistent and disabling symptoms,” they say. “This “prolonged grief” can lead to impairments in social obligations as well.

ollowing the event, Pace University’s Office of Graduate Admissions will host a reception to answer questions about Psychology Graduate Programs at Pace University. Application fees for admissions will be waived for all guests that evening. For more information please contact Paola Cadet, Graduate Program Coordinator- pcadet@pace.edu or 914-773-3496.

Psychology at Pace

Dyson College of Arts and Sciences offers Psychology undergraduate and graduate degrees. The department is chaired by Rostyslaw Robak, PhD, author of numerous publications on grief and bereavement. For more information about the Psychology departments please visit www.pace.edu/dyson/psychplv.

Pace University’s Department of Psychology on the Pleasantville campus offers four undergraduate bachelor of arts degrees in Psychology, Applied Psychology and Human Relations, Biological Psychology, and Personality and Social Psychology, as well as two master’s degrees, a 36-credit MS in Counseling and a 60-credit MS in Mental Health Counseling, which is a prerequisite for a license to practice counseling in New York State. Both graduate degree programs offer specializations in substance abuse counseling and loss and grief counseling. The department also offers accelerated degree programs which allow students to complete an undergraduate degree and a graduate degree in as little as five years.

About Pace University

For 105 years, Pace University has produced thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems.

Contact:

Cara Cea 914-906-9680, ccea@pace.edu

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