Grief Surrounds Us: Coping with Grief in the Workplace in the Modern Era


Managing grief in the modern era workplace can be complex.

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Event Description

Modern western culture has long struggled to deal well with grief, and workplace productivity demands and social scripts further complicate our responses to grief. Yet, our modern era is replete with grief: The COVID-19 pandemic, addiction crises, worsening racial and other injustices, increasing employment and financial insecurity, and more. In this webinar, we will identify the ways in which grief presents in the workplace in behavioral health and primary care, the barriers to responding well to grief, and how to develop more compassionate and responsive approaches to managing grief.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Name at least two sources of grief in the workplace
  2. Identify at least two barriers to responding well to grief
  3. Explain how to respond more compassionately and responsively to grief


Melanie Wilcox


Dr. Melanie Wilcox is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences, Institute of Public and Preventive Health, and Department of Psychiatry at Augusta University. She is also a licensed psychologist and board certified in counseling psychology and works part-time in private practice providing both therapy and assessment via telehealth. Her clinical areas of expertise include culturally responsive and trauma-informed care as well as substance abuse and addiction. Her research focuses on culturally response and antiracist psychotherapy and training, racial and socioeconomic inequity in higher education, and racial and social justice more broadly. She is in her final year as a member of the American Psychological Association’s Board of Educational Affairs, which she chaired in 2020, and is currently President Elect-Elect of APA Division 17, the Society of Counseling Psychology.


August 9, 2023
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