Group Therapy Intervention
Feb 15, 2017 12:00 AM
Dr. Katherine Supiano received a $149,999 International Research Grant from the Alzheimer’s Association for her three-year study entitled “Group Therapy for Dementia Caregivers At Risk for Complicated Grief”. Dr. Supiano in conjunction with faculty members, Dr. Marilyn Luptak and Dr. Troy Andersen from the College of Social Work.
Dr. Supiano and her team will adapt Complicated Grief Group Therapy (CGGT) for soon-to-be bereaved dementia caregivers at risk for complicated grief and Pre-Loss Group Therapy (PLGT) to facilitate healthy death preparedness and eventual bereavement.
This research study will be the first known application of proven therapeutic strategies to address complicated grief, applied to high-risk dementia caregivers, prior to care recipient death. In order to lessen complicated grief. If proven to be effective in decreasing poor bereavement outcomes. PLGT could be translated into comprehensive caregiver support programs and delivered to active caregivers of living persons with dementia who are at risk for complicated grief through community-based caregiver support groups.
The study duration is from May 2017 through May 2020.