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Event Details - Disenfranchised Grief

Title: Disenfranchised Grief
Type of Activity: Online Event
Objective of Course / Workshop:

Webinar Overview

This presentation describes disenfranchised grief as grief that is not openly acknowledged, socially sanctioned, or publicly mourned.  The presentation explores the contexts and causes of disenfranchised grief as well as complications arising from disenfranchisement.  The webinar emphasises the cultural factors that can disenfranchise grief.  A strong emphasis of the presentation is on interventive strategies that can enfranchise grief.


Participants are required to complete an online assessment with a 100% pass rate. This assessment must be completed within one month of the live webinar date. Certificates with an ACA approved logo will not be granted without completing the assessment successfully. 

Course / Workshop Outline:

Date: Tuesday 01 December 2020


  • Victoria: 10.30am - 12.00pm AEDT
  • New South Wales: 10.30am -12.00pm AEDT
  • Tasmania: 10.30am - 12.00pm AEDT
  • South Australia: 10.00am - 11.30am ACDT
  • Queensland: 9.30am - 11.00am AEST
  • Northern Territory: 9.00am - 10.30am ACST
  • Western Australia: 7.30am - 9.00am AWST
OPD points: 5
Course / Workshop content:

Learning Outcomes: 

  1. Define disenfranchised grief, discuss causes of disenfranchisement, and describe five contexts of disenfranchised grief
  2. Discuss ways that disenfranchisement complicates the process of mourning
  3. Describe interventive strategies that are effective with disenfranchised grievers
  4. Discuss the cost of enfranchising disenfranchised grievers
Start/End Date: 01/12/2020 to 01/12/2020
Time: 10:30:00 - 12:00:00
Presenter / Provider: Dr. Kenneth J. Doka
Contact Name: Cassandra Leckie
Contact Phone: 03 9265 2100
Contact Email:

Dr. Kenneth J. Doka is a Professor Emeritus at the Graduate School of The College of New Rochelle and Senior Consultant to the Hospice Foundation of America.  A prolific author, Dr. Doka has authored or edited over 40 books and over 100 articles and book chapters.  Dr. Doka is editor of both Omega: The Journal of Death and Dying and Journeys: A Newsletter to Help in Bereavement. He has authored two books on disenfranchised grief.

Address 2:
State: N/A
Parking: No
Is there disability parking and entry? No
Are meals included with this event? No
If yes, what meals?
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Cost ($):
Registration Instruction (if applicable):


  • ACGB Member - Free (From July 1st 2020)
  • ACGB Non Member $75.00

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