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Event Details - International Educator Tour: Current Issues and Trends in Grief Support | Day One

Title: International Educator Tour: Current Issues and Trends in Grief Support | Day One
Type of Activity: Workshops & Seminars
Objective of Course / Workshop:

1. Define and describe the foundational components of grief and how social norms affect the grieving process.
2. Explore different types of loss and the unique forms of grief that accompany them. 
3. Review current research and practice models relevant to supporting grieving individuals. 
4. Differentiate between a supportive model versus an interventionist model of responding to grief. 
5. Identify when grief has gone awry and the clinical practice implications when this occurs.

Course / Workshop Outline:
  • 9.30am start 
  • Morning tea
  • 12.30pm Lunch
  • Afternoon Tea
  • 4.30pm finish
OPD points: 5
Course / Workshop content:

Workshop Day One: Foundations and Current Issues in Loss and Grief Support 

Working with individuals who struggle with issues related to loss and grief immerses us into a very dynamic and diverse field, with new information, approaches, and trends arising on a regular basis. Some of the new areas of focus in grief and loss work include changing ideas about how to define grief and how the support of grieving individuals is different from assessment and intervention models that are designed for working with clinical populations. Related to this topic is the ability to know when the grieving process has crossed the line into a potentially harmful and repetitive process that defies relief.Another trend is the growth of an increasingly older demographic, which has implications for issues related to dependency, non-death losses, and the juggling of everyday life as family systems now may readily span four generations. In addition, models of grief have, in the past, tended to focus on individualistic aspects of grief, without considering the social context and the importance of social norms, expectations, and policies on the experience of grief.In this workshop, we will review the recent research and literature that inform our current understandings about grief and loss, as well as explore how approaches to grief and loss need to adapt to changes in our population and care environments. Special attention will be given to the clinical implications for professionals who work with individuals who experience a wide range and variety of losses.

Start/End Date: 18/07/2019 to 18/07/2019
Time: 09:30:00 - 16:30:00
Presenter / Provider: Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement | Present By Dr Darcy Harris
Contact Name: Cassandra Leckie
Contact Phone: 03 9265 2100
Contact Email:
Qualifications: Dr Darcy Harris R.N, R.S.W., Ph.D., FT

Darcy L. Harris, R.N., R.S.W., Ph.D., FT, is an Associate Professor and the Thanatology Coordinator at King’s University College in London, Canada, where she also maintains a private clinical practice specializing in issues related to change, loss, and transition. Dr. Harris developed the undergraduate degree program in Thanatology at King’s University College.

She has served on the board of directors of the Association for Death Education and Counseling and is a current member of the International Work Group on Death, Dying, and Bereavement. She is a series editor for Routledge Publishing Company’s Death, Dying, and Bereavement Series. Her publications include Counting our Losses: Reflecting on Change, Loss, and Transition in Everyday Life (Routledge), Grief and Bereavement in Contemporary Society: Bridging Research and Practice (Routledge), Principles and Practice of Grief Counseling (Springer), and The Handbook of Social Justice in Loss and Grief: Exploring Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (Routledge). Her new book, Non-Death Loss and Grief:  Context and Clinical Implications (Routledge), will be released at the end of this year.

Address: Karstens Melbourne
Address 2: 123 Queen Street
Suburb: Melbourne
State: VIC
Postcode: 3000
Parking: Paid
Is there disability parking and entry? Yes
Are meals included with this event? Yes
If yes, what meals? Morning / Afternoon Tea & Lunch
Registration URL:
Cost ($): $395.00
Registration Instruction (if applicable):

ACGB Member - $395.00

Non-Member - $340.00

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