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NEWTOWN, Conn. (May 9, 2017) — The Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation, Inc. (Foundation), in partnership with Walnut Hill Community Church and Regional Hospice and Palliative Care, recently sponsored a training by Columbia University in the Complicated Grief Treatment Model. Twenty area clinicians were trained over two days in the model which is a time-limited, targeted psychotherapy that has been tested and proven efficacious in three National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) funded randomized controlled trials. In November the Foundation sponsored a one-day workshop for over 50 local clinicians, clergy, and others working with grieving individuals. That workshop provided a conceptual framework for understanding grief and adaptation to loss generally and in relation to complicated grief. If focused on strategies and procedures for screening, diagnosis and assessment of individuals with complicated grief and discuss how to differentiate this condition from major depression and post-traumatic stress. The follow up two-day workshop, held April 27 & 28, was for clinicians interested in more advanced training in the treatment model. The Foundation decided to sponsor the training after learning that there were no clinicians in Connecticut who were trained in the CGT model. “Individuals suffering with complicated grief should have access to treatment locally that has been proven to reduce distress in a large percentage of those who complete the 16 week protocol. We are excited to have been able to provide this training and build the treatment capacity in our community,” said Jennifer Barahona, Executive Director of the Foundation.