IPt for Grief and Loss: Getting on the Path of Healing with an IPT Tool for
Grief and Loss

thursday June 15, 2023 09:00- 10:30


Grief and loss are frequently addressed concerns in psychotherapy.  While the problem areas of interpersonal disputes and role transitions each have a designated clinical tool to help guide these modules of the therapy, no such tool exists for grief/loss in the IPT manual.  In this workshop participants will be introduced to the Crossroads of Grief and Loss.  IPT therapists can utilize this new tool to help their clients process grief experiences and problem solve how to elicit social support in their healing process.  Clinical vignettes will be provided to demonstrate how the tool can be utilized collaboratively by therapist and client to process grief associated with death and other interpersonal losses. Additionally, participants will have an opportunity to practice use of this tool by breaking into small groups and role-playing the exercise.

The session will include interactive discussion and participant role playing as well as observations of experts demonstrating supervision techniques.


Shaina Siber-Sanderowitz, LCSW

Shaina Siber-Sanderowitz, LCSW is the owner and founder of AFFIRM Mental Health, LLC launched in 2022. AFFIRM Mental Health’s mission is to provide affirming and transformative services that have broad reach in improving access and quality of mental health treatment. Shaina offers evidence-based psychotherapies, expert consultation and operates an accredited continuing education program for licensed mental health providers. She has a particular interest in trauma focused work and addressing systemic challenges in mental health care, particularly in underserved populations.

From 2016 to 2022, Shaina held the position of Director of Psychiatry Services, Moses Division at Montefiore Medical Center where she served as the administrative and clinical lead for the ambulatory, emergency, and specialized psychiatry services. She additionally was an active teaching faculty and co-developed curriculum for the Psychiatry Residency training program on Structural Humility and LGBTQ+ Affirming Care. She created and facilitated elective courses of transgender mental health care, Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) and an IPT perinatal health specialization.

Addressing systemic failures, program development and the dissemination of evidence-based treatments are core professional interests of Shaina’s. Her program development and research interests have focused on reducing health care disparities and addressing systemic gaps. She developed and directed the Montefiore Social Work Academy a continuing education program for licensed social workers, mobilized the SMART program for health care workers amid the COVID-19 pandemic – a crisis telehealth treatment service, and developed ACUTE Psychiatry at Montefiore Medical Center, the institutions first behavioral health urgent care program. She was the recipient of Montefiore Department of Psychiatry’s Exceptional Citizenship Award in 2021. She is a faculty associate for Arizona State University’s social work graduate program and continues to teach for Montefiore Medical Center’s Psychiatry Residency Training Program and Psychology internship program.