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Course Instructor

Grief in a Family Context, HPER F460/F560

  Kathleen Gilbert, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Dept. of Applied Health Science
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN 47405
(phone) 812-855-5209
(fax) 812-855-7092


As the developer and instructor of Grief in a Family Context (HPER F460/F560), I am excited about this opportunity to draw together scholarly writings on this topic with the thoughts of people who have experienced loss. One of the underlying beliefs I hold in teaching, regardless of the medium, is that it is important to learn from a variety of sources. For this class, I plan to use a number of different resources: high-quality, relevant readings; the use of personal accounts of people who have experienced loss (which we're calling "lifestories,"); guest visits to the class by scholars and practitioners in the field of loss and grief; and what I hope will be a lively exchange of ideas among class members on our conference website. I teach this course using a perspective that combines construct psychology and symbolic interaction. I also draw, to a lesser extent, on family systems theory. I will discuss this orientation in greater detail in Units 1 and 2. Beginning in the summer of 2000, we will be adding a significant cross-cultural component to the class, primarily through readings about loss and grief in Asian and African cultures.

During the semester, we will learn quite a bit. I appreciate feedback from students, especially your thoughts on what you see as working well and what you see as problematic. I will be available to you via e-mail and will attempt to respond to your e-mail within 48 hours. I have regular office hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Feel free to visit my personal homepage if you would like to learn more about me and my interests.

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