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Dra. Vanessa Nahoul Serio, 18th July 2020

Bio: Of Lebanese origin, Dra. Vanessa Nahoul Serio is a Mexican psychoanalyst and artist. She is the current president of the Institute for Clinical and Social Psychological Research (Instituto de Investigación en Psicología Clínica y Social, A.C., Escuela de Psicología y Psicoanálisis) in Mexico City. Her PhD is in psychoanalytical research. Author of the book: “El duelo: Una mirada psicoanalítica”,“On bereavement: A psychoanalytical perspective” (in Spanish) edited by Psimática, Spain (2018). Expert in application of art resources in psychoanalytic psychotherapy to help the process of bereavement as well as other kinds of emotional psychopathology, both in individual as in group psychotherapy. She´s the author of 30 psychoanalytical articles and coauthor of 24 books, including: “Psychoanalytical Psychology of Art” (“Psicología Psicoanalítica del Arte”, Mexico: Manual Moderno, 2008) as well as “Attachment and Psychotherapy” (“Apego y psicoterapia. Un paradigma revolucionario” Spain: Psimática, 2018), compiled by Dr. Mario Marrone and Mauricio Cortina. She has 25 years of teaching experience in Psychology and Psychoanalysis. She has her private practice in Mexico as a psychoanalyst for adolescents, adults, couples and groups as well as a supervisor for psychologists and psychotherapists´ clinical work. She is a member of IAN UK.

Webinar details:

This lecture aims to present the concept of bereavement and explain its causes, the phases involved during the process and clinical issues regarding bereavement, as well as the problem of bereavement in COVID-19 times.


  1. Origin and causes of bereavement

  2. Phases of bereavement according to Bowlby.

  3. Different kinds of bereavement. Bereavement caused by the pandemic of COVID-19. The acute, transitory bereavement due to losses caused by lockdown. The required process of adaptation to the new circumstances. Lack of reorganization may become a chronic process and cause difficulties in attachment in what may be called Frozen Process of Bereavement in those who are not able to see the body of their dead beloved figures of attachment and are only notified of their death.

You will be required to write a short, reflective essay at the end to get your certificate.

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