A FREE Online Panel Discussion

Prolonged Grief Disorder: Does This New Diagnosis Help or Hurt?

Donna L. Schuurman, The Dougy Center

Frank Anderson, Psychiatrist and Trauma Specialist

David Kessler, Grief.com

Zachary Taylor, Psychotherapy Networker

What does the diagnosis of Prolonged Grief Disorder  Mean to Clinicians and People in Grief?

  • Understanding the complexities of getting people the help they need 
  • Does the new diagnosis create stigma?
  • What does grief really look like?
  • Do we emerge from grief naturally?
  • How long does grief last?
  • Should grief be classified as a mental illness?
  • Should there be a grief pill?

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Donna L. Schuurman

Donna is the Senior Director of Advocacy & Training at Dougy Center. Donna is an internationally recognized authority on grief and bereaved children, teens, and families, and the author of Never the Same: Coming to Terms with the Death of a Parent (St. Martin’s Press, 2003), among other publications. 

She serves on the FBI’s Mass Violence and Children Work Group, and as an Expert Witness in legal cases related to wrongful death and is a member of the invitation-only International Work Group on Death, Dying, and Bereavement (IWG), serving as Board Vice-Chair (2016-2021). She is a Founding Board member of the National Alliance for Grieving Children (NAGC).

She recently published an article in Mad in America SCIENCE, PSYCHIATRY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE titled, “The Grief Pill is Coming!”

Frank Anderson, MD

Frank completed his residency and was a clinical instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He is both a psychiatrist and psychotherapist and specializes in the treatment of trauma and dissociation. 

Dr. Anderson is a lead trainer at the IFS Institute with Richard Schwartz and trains for, Bessel van der Kolk’s Trauma Center. He serves as an advisor to the International Association of Trauma Professionals (IATP).

Dr. Anderson has lectured extensively on the Neurobiology of PTSD and Dissociation. His newest book is: Transcending Trauma: Healing Complex PTSD with Internal Family Systems


Zachary Taylor

Zach is a licensed professional counselor and has been practicing counseling and psychotherapy for over 10 years.

He is Director at Psychotherapy Networker, a non-profit in Washington DC which houses an award-winning magazine for therapists and hosts the largest annual gathering for psychotherapists.

He has been featured in Counseling Today Magazine and provides trainings around the country on his unique approaches toward treating anxiety, worry, & panic.

David Kessler

David Kessler is an author and expert and speaker on grief.

He runs online grief groups that are attended by people worldwide and he leads a grief certificate program.

He serves as Specialist Reserve for the Los Angeles Police as well as having served on the Red Cross’s disaster services team. He was the founding chair of the Hospital Association of Southern California Palliative Care Committee. His article in the Harvard Business Review, titled, The Discomfort you are Feeling is Grief went viral last year. It gave us a vocabulary to discuss our losses big and small.

He is the author of six books, including his latest bestselling book, Finding Meaning: The Sixth Stage of Grief. He is the founder of Grief.com.