Grief is disenfranchised when a person is denied the right to grieve, does not have the social support essential to adapting to his or her loss, and is deprived of the social validation in order to heal. When the griever is disenfranchised, he or she may withdrawal from others or question his or her own grieving process, may not acknowledge the reality of the loss and its implications, or adapt to the loss in healthy ways. As a result, their grieving process remains private, intensifying the grieving process, which increases the risk of complicated grief. Disenfranchisement comes from several sources, including one’s cultural expectations, expectations of others, professionals who serve in “expert” roles, and even from the griever himself. Since every mental health professional will work with bereaved clients, it is essential that he or she know how to recognize disenfranchisement, understand the impact of disenfranchisement on the griever’s mourning process, learn how to reduce the chance of disenfranchising his or her clients, and provide guidance and interventions for disenfranchised grievers as they navigate through the social interactions that may include unhelpful expectations and judgments. Attendees will engage in didactic lecture, case studies, and videos to meet these goals.