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Event Details - Creating Continuing Bonds: Creative Processes for Managing Loss and Grief

Title: Creating Continuing Bonds: Creative Processes for Managing Loss and Grief
Type of Activity: Workshops & Seminars
Objective of Course / Workshop:

Course Overview:

Learn about the model of Continuing Bonds in managing grief and loss (appreciating why push to “let go” and to “move on” has finally been accepted as unhelpful) and learn how to use art and writing exercises to help build these Bonds.

You will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn about the effectiveness of and evidence for the Continuing Bonds Theory and its impact on the grieving process.
  • Experience art therapy and creative practices in the context of building continuing bonds in the loss and grief.
  • Learn how to provide support to your clients who are looking to connect to their loss through art and creative writing.
Course / Workshop Outline:

Activity overview

  • Review of Continuing Bonds Theory in managing grief and loss
  • How can art and writing facilitate healing through loss?
  • Review of different types of art and writing processes
  • Live demonstrations of methods
  • Art making and creative writing opportunities
  • Reflection opportunities for application of method

OPD points: 5
Course / Workshop content:

What ideas are explored?

  • How can art and writing facilitate healing through loss?
  • What theory informs this work?
  • What evidence substantiates this work?
  • Does this work for all ages?
  • When might this form of therapy not be useful?
  • What are different types of art and writing processes I could use?

Training methods will include:

  • Interactive presentation
  • Large and small group discussions
  • Live demonstrations of methods
  • Art making and creative writing opportunities
  • Reflection opportunities for application of methods
  • Watching multimedia film clips

Who Should Attend?

All those working with issues of grief and loss. Psychologists, social workers, counsellors, bereavement counsellors, case workers, psychotherapists, pastoral workers, other allied health professionals and students of these disciplines. No artistic experience or skill is necessary. Provisional psychologists can attend at student rates.

What people are saying about this training workshop ...

√... Excellent! Beate was a wonderful presenter in every way. In just two days she facilitated the creation of a real peer support space (where participants were previously unmet.)

√... Very well organised. Beate is a very passionate and generous teacher. Great warmth.

√... really enjoyable. I most valued the examples of grief given, the video and the presenter's own story.

√...both informative and process orientated. I enjoyed it with two hats on - professional and personal. I really enjoyed the style of teaching - real and authentic.

√...honest, discussion, resource and process rich. I now understand how to help my clients.

√... an excellet presentation. The content was very helpful with practical information and skills focus. Most of my colleagues would be interested in this training.

√....most valuable for me in focussing on art as a way of working with grief and loss - a helpful tool to add to my skills.

√...excellent! I think it has been well prepared and thought through - thank you so much.

√...was fantastic!. Learning about theories/frameworks for grief and loss, learning simple creative processes to use with clients and doing my own experiential learning process was most valuable.

√...Beate is incredibly knowledgable on the subject and delivery was sensitive and real and clear.

√... So much material for myself as a professional and so validating personally.

Start/End Date: 09/11/2019 to 09/11/2019
Time: 09:30:00 - 16:30:00
Presenter / Provider: Beate Steller
Contact Name: Jacki Short
Contact Phone: 0411 209 802
Contact Email:
Qualifications: M.Ed (Adult Ed) BSW

Beate has always loved art, even as a small child, and nearly pursued a career in art when insteat, she decided to do nursing and then social work. She kept dabbling in it until a decade ago, when her mother died. She found herself naturally drawn back to art as a way to heal her loss and to come to terms with so many changes in her life. Now she uses art in her counselling work and with older people in aged care and palliative care.

Beate brings over 30 years of experience in a variety of industries to her role as a principal Training and Development Consultant. Beate also currently works as a Spiritual Care Team Leader in aged and palliative care. She has been an adult educator since 1992, for organizations including the Centre for Community Welfare Training, the Australian College of Applied Psychology, the Professional Development People and Lifeline Sydney. In the last ten years Beate has specialised in grief and loss education/counselling, transition counselling and applied mindfulness. She started her own inner work over three decades ago with Yoga and Vipassana and walked the Camino in Spain in 2015. She has been a board member of NALAG (National Association for Loss and Grief) since 2009.

Beate has both graduate and post graduate qualifications in Adult Education, Social Work and Nursing, holds a Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training and is currently completing her second Master Degree in Ageing and Pastoral studies at Charles Sturt University. She continues to work with people from Indigenous and culturally diverse backgrounds. Beate also holds professional membership with the Australian Association of Social Workers, the N. S. W. Health Services Profession (as a Registered Nurse), and Spiritual Care Australia.

Address: Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre
Address 2: 782 Kingsway
Suburb: Gymea
State: NSW
Parking: Free
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 ($): $330 includes comprehensive work booklet and certificate of attendance
Registration Instruction (if applicable):

Early Bird Price $300

Student Price: $270

Student Early BIrd: $250

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