Therese A. Rando, Ph.D., BCETS, BCBT
Clinical Psychologist - Thanatologist - Traumatologist
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The Institute for the Study and Treatment of Loss
Psychotherapy - Training - Supervision - Consulting

Professional Services


The focus of the work at The Institute is on mental health issues relating to loss, illness, and trauma. These include, but are not limited to:
  • grief, mourning, bereavement
  • medical illness, disability, dying, death
  • traumatic stress, victimization, PTSD
  • violence 
  • high-risk deaths (acute natural death; accident; suicide; homicide; disaster; loss of a child; overly-lengthy illness - e.g., AIDS, cancer, ALS)
Services offered by Dr. Therese A. Rando and The Institute are provided in seven functional areas: (1) direct clinical service; (2) consultation; (3) training and education; (4) legal consultation; (5) media commentary/consultation; (6) research; and (7) publications.
Direct Clinical service
There are two main categories of direct clinical service:
  1. Psychotherapy with individuals contending with mental health issues relating to loss, illness, and trauma.
  2. Consultation to individuals contending with mental health issues relating to loss, illness and trauma. Two options include:
  • Evaluation-based consultation: Evaluate individual and make recommendations for treatment
  • Treatment-based consultation: There are two options: 

(a) Evaluate individual and intervene as agreed upon for one or limited-time basis, or,

(b) EMDR-based consultation - A one-to-three day intensive program utilizing EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) as a primary treatment modality.

Consultation
Consultation is provided in three fashions around mental health issues relating to loss, illness, and trauma:
  1. Direct service to affected individuals or those concerned about them. (See the section on Direct Clinical Service.)
  2. Supervision of therapists/caregivers - Clinical treatment supervision on a regularly scheduled or as-needed basis, in person or by telephone.
  3. Assistance to third parties in areas including, but not limited to: 
  • concept development  

  • practice/intervention/treatment 

  • policy 

  • program development 

  • training and education 

  • research

  • writing/publications

  • advocacy 

  • funding initiatives

Third parties may include, but are not necessarily limited to:
  • service provider organizations 
  • health care groups/agencies
  • professional associations 
  • governmental agencies
  • private corporations/concerns/businesses/religious institutions 
  • schools/educational institutions/school districts
  • attorneys 
  • media/journalists/authors 
  • research teams
TRAINING AND EDUCATION
Programs are individually designed to meet the specific needs, goals, and objectives of the group/organization. These can vary in length from minutes to days, and can be directed at professional, lay, or mixed audiences. Content typically focuses upon mental health issues relating to loss, illness, and trauma, but other topic areas in mental health, psychology, and selected aspects of sociology also are options.
  • A listing of previously offered programs is available upon request from The Institute
  • Requests for other programs outside of the previously identified realms are considered relative to Dr. Rando’s expertise, experience, and professional training
LEGAL CONSULTATION

Legal consultation and expert witness services are provided to attorneys around mental health issues relating to loss, illness, and trauma. The focus may be generic (e.g., typically expected effects of traumatic death of a loved one) and/or specific (e.g., the particular dynamics relevant in a given legal case).

Consultation may involve one or a combination of the following: 

  • education/advisement of attorney
  • review of documents/records
  • evaluation and assessment of client
  • writing of report (generic and/or specific) 
  • testimony
MEDIA COMMENTARY/CONSULTATION
Dr. Rando is a national media resource expert in dying, death, loss, and trauma for the American Psychological Association. She offers education to the public and consultation to members of the news and entertainment media around selected matters of psychology and, in particular, mental health issues relating to loss, illness, and trauma. Dr. Rando has provided commentary on radio and television, in print, and on-line. She also has provided developmental guidance to print and broadcast journalists around these topics.
  • For a listing of media interviews and appearances, contact The Institute

RESEARCH

Dr. Rando is available for consultation to research teams around mental health issues relating to loss, illness, and trauma.

At this time, Dr. Rando engages in a limited amount of clinical research. Research projects currently in development include collaboration in:

  • An investigation of intervention outreach to the traumatically bereaved
PUBLICATIONS

Dr. Rando has over 70 written works pertaining to the clinical aspects of thanatology. Her focus is to provide clear, specific, and practical information to explicate the issue at hand (usually from among mental health issues relating to loss, illness, and trauma) and/or to educate professionals and/or lay audiences on how to most therapeutically contend with or intervene in the issue.
  • For a complete listing of Dr. Rando's publications, click on the Publications link at the top or bottom of the page
  • For an annotated bibliography of Dr. Rando's books, and related ordering information, please click on the Annotated Bibliography link at the top or bottom of the page

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Therese A. Rando, Ph.D., BCETS, BCBT
The Institute for the Study and Treatment of Loss
33 College Hill Rd. - Bldg. 30A
Warwick, RI 02886 USA
Tel. 401-823-5410  Fax 401-823-1805  E-mail 
tarando@cox.net