Scholar and researcher on loss and family stress is next speaker in Invited Practitioner-Scholar Series Feb. 13

Scholar and researcher on loss and family stress is next speaker in Invited Practitioner-Scholar Series Feb. 13

Dr. Pauline Boss, professor emerita in the University of Minnesota Department of Family Social Science, will give a lecture, "Making Sense Out of Ambiguity: Principles for Therapeutic Treatment Using the Ambiguous Loss Model," from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, in Room 460, Terrence Murphy Hall.

Boss' lecture is the second of three talks in the 2006-2007 Invited Practitioner-Scholar Series presented by St. Thomas' Graduate School of Professional Psychology and Psychological Services at the Interprofessional Center for Counseling and Legal Services.

Since 1973, Boss has researched family stress, especially where there is unclear loss. She summarized that work in her 1999 book, Ambiguous Loss: Learning to Live With Unresolved Grief (Harvard University Press). Her book Family Stress Management is in its second edition (Sage, 2002). She also is editor of Family Stress: Classic and Contemporary Readings (Sage, 2002).

Her most recent book, Loss, Trauma and Resilience: Clinical Work With Ambiguous Loss (Norton Professional Books, 2006), is based on what she learned from her work with families of those physically missing after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and the war in Kosovo, and on earlier research and clinical experience with families of victims psychologically "missing" because of Alzheimer's disease and chronic mental illness.

Boss received a humanitarian award from the Service Employees International Union in 2002 for her work with families who lost loved ones in the World Trade Center attacks. She also won the 2002 Ernest Burgess Award from the National Council on Family Relations for contributions to research and theory.

The Invited Practitioner-Scholar Series highlights the contributions of professionals who exemplify the ideals of the Graduate School of Professional Psychology's practitioner-scholar training model. Invitations to the lecture have been sent to UST professional psychology students and graduate students, faculty and staff in related fields.

The series is free, and two Minnesota Board of Psychology-approved CEUs are available. For registrations and further information, please call Jessica Mijal, (651) 962-4820.

The next lecture in the series is "Thoughts of a Dinosaur About Psychotherapy" by Dr. Sam Scher on March 5.