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Issues of Grief and Bereavement Across the Lifespan

Call for Papers

Deadline: 15 June 2019

Guest Editors

Nancy Cincotta, LCSW, MPhil

Katherine P. Supiano, PhD, LCSW, F-GSA, FT.

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Issues of Grief and Bereavement Across the Lifespan

The prospect of bereavement may affect all families served in palliative care and end-of-life programming. . As such, this special edition of the Journal will focus on current thought and practices regarding grief and bereavement throughout the life course.

For this special thematic issue on bereavement, manuscripts are encouraged that report original research, including systematic literature reviews and meta-analyses, policy analysis, program evaluation, innovative clinical and educational programs, and evaluated clinical practice, including individual, group, and community interventions. Cases may also be presented that demonstrate effective interventions.

Manuscripts must specifically relate to topics regarding grief and bereavement as viewed through the lens of social work. The focus may be on specific populations, including stage-specific interventions in pediatric, young adult, adult, and geriatric populations, ethnic or minority populations, sexual gender minority populations, and under-represented persons. Manuscripts representing all palliative care, end-of-life care, and bereavement settings are invited.

Examples of topics that will be considered include, but are not limited to:

  • Theoretical synthesis of bereavement models
  • Bereavement approaches generated from clinical wisdom
  • Scientifically evaluated models that optimize healthy grief and/or treat problematic grief
  • Mental health issues/problems (such as depression, anxiety) impacting bereavement and intervention models
  • Family-related needs and roles
  • Population-based programming
  • Impact of pain and other symptom management on bereavement
  • Complementary and integrative approaches
  • Cultural considerations and culturally sensitive care
  • Issues specific to innovative, effective age-appropriate bereavement programming (pediatrics, young adult, adult, geriatrics)
  • Needs of vulnerable populations, along with interventions to address their needs
  • Ethical challenges
  • Policies that affect bereavement care in various settings/contexts

Manuscripts should also address related practice, policy, research, and educational implications for social work/mental health professionals regarding grief and bereavement. Interdisciplinary approaches to bereavement work are especially encouraged.

Submission Guidelines

Pertinent submissions to the Practice Concepts and Innovations and Reflections sections are also welcome for this special edition of the Journal. Instructions for authors may be found on the Journal’s website.

Questions about this call for manuscripts may be addressed to:

Special Issue Guest Editors:

Nancy Cincotta, LCSW, MPhil

Katherine P. Supiano, PhD, LCSW, F-GSA, FT


Journal Editor-in-Chief:

Ellen L. Csikai, Ph.D

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