Dr. Pauline Boss will explain ambiguous loss, its effects, its differences from ordinary loss and PTSD, and its complicating grief. She presents six culturally inclusive guidelines for treatment and intervention, useful regardless of your discipline. She also addresses self-of-the-therapist issues for these uncertain times. Dr. Boss is the author of many books, including Loss, Trauma, and Resilience: Therapeutic Work with Ambiguous Loss (W.W. Norton, 2006) and Ambiguous Loss: Learning to Live with Unresolved Grief (Harvard University Press, 2000)
Dr. Pauline Boss is an educator and researcher who is widely recognized for her groundbreaking research on what is now known as the theory of ambiguous loss. Dr. Boss is known as a pioneer in the interdisciplinary study of family stress. For over 30 years, her work has focused on connecting family science and sociology with family therapy and psychology. Her multidisciplinary perspective has allowed her to work as a scientist-practitioner to develop theory that guides practice.The importance of her work on ambiguous loss is validated by her election to three different professional organizations: the American Psychological Association, the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, and the National Council on Family Relations.