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Christopher J. Mackinnon

Christopher J. Mackinnon
Psychologie Mont Royal / McGill University

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M.A., Ph.D.

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Introduction
A practising psychologist for 13 years, Dr. MacKinnon began his career as a palliative care psychologist at the MUHC and an academic at McGill University where he developed a novel form of bereavement group psychotherapy that has been used internationally. In addition to his work as executive director of Monkland Psychology, he holds an appointment with the Portland Institute for Loss and Transition in Oregon. He is a psychosocial specialist with the Canadian Virtual Hospice.

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PurposeWhen people die in intensive care units (ICUs), as many as half of their family members may experience a severe grief reaction. While families report a need for bereavement support, most ICUs do not routinely follow-up with family members. Clinicians are typically involved in supporting families during death and dying, yet little is known ab...
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This study aimed to test the hypothesis that meaning making is a mediating process in the relationship between risk factors for prolonged grief disorder (PGD) and subsequent emergence of PGD symptomatology. A survey design was employed with prospective measurement of PGD. The following variables were assessed 2-12 months postloss among adults acros...
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Objective To address the etiology of prolonged grief disorder (PGD) by examining whether rumination moderates the role of meaning‐making in mediating the impact of PGD risk factors. Method A survey assessing PGD risk factors (low social support, insecure attachment, violent loss, neuroticism, and loss of a spouse), meaning, and rumination was admi...
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This presentation describes a novel educational program associated with a Palliative Care Post-Graduate Medical Fellowship embedded within a university teaching hospital. The educational objectives of this program will be presented, as will the pedagogical methods and initial trainee responses to this program. Grounded in both an action-reflection...
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Background: Prolonged Grief Disorder (PGD) is over-represented among those who have lost loved ones to violent causes. To tailor PGD interventions for this vulnerable population it is critical to examine the aetiology of PGD specifically in the context of violent death bereavement. Previous studies have suggested that violent loss increases symptom...
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Family caregivers suffer physically, mentally, and spiritually. Community volunteers play an important role in supporting patients at the end of life or former caregivers in bereavement. However, there are no research reports of volunteer services focused on maintaining the wellbeing of end-of-life caregivers. To have volunteers, a hired volunteer...
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More effective psychosocial interventions that target uncomplicated bereavement are needed for those actively seeking support. The objective of this study was to assess the feasibility of evaluating a unique Meaning-Based Group Counseling (MBGC) intervention with a randomized controlled trial (RCT) design. Twenty-six bereft individuals were randoml...
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Professionals who choose to work in the field of aging are often confronted with the complexities of loss and bereavement. Some perils of working with loss include the risk of stressful circumstances that can evoke feelings of hopelessness, powerlessness, and meaninglessness. It is incumbent to attend to these perils lest professionals risk job sat...
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Although spouses bereaved after cancer are considered vulnerable people, there have been few empirical studies to explore grief specifically in this context. Using PsycINFO, Medline, and the PRISMA statement, we systematically searched the literature by intersecting 'cancer' and 'grie*', 'cancer' and 'bereave*', and 'cancer' and 'mourn*'. Gathering...
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Scientific studies demonstrating either the efficacy or effectiveness of interventions for uncomplicated bereavement are lacking. This study reports the results of a novel meaning-based group counseling (MBGC) intervention developed for bereaved adults. MBGC was built on previous scholarly critiques using a formative evaluation methodology within a...
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A growing body of scholarship has evaluated the usefulness of meaning-based theories in the context of bereavement counseling. Although scholars have discussed the application of meaning-based theories for individual practice, there is a lack of inquiry regarding its implications when conducting bereavement support groups. The objective of this art...
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The search for meaning in bereavement is a topic of increasing scholarly interest. Nonetheless, literature has not yet appeared that examines the intersections of diverse theories of meaning, corresponding empirical findings, and clinical implications for counseling psychologists engaged in cancer-related bereavement psychotherapy. Meaning theories...
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There is a lack of scholarship examining the implications of feminist-informed theories of clinical supervision to guide practice with male supervisees. A critical discussion is needed to better understand the intersections of feminist supervision theory and masculine psychology lest ineffective supervisory interventions occur. The present article...
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Objective: Women are largely responsible for providing care to terminally ill family members at home. The goal of this review is to conceptualize diverse women's experiences in palliative home care from feminist, multicultural, and social justice perspectives. Methods: Peer-reviewed manuscripts were identified using the following databases: CIMA...

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