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Event Details - Core Course – Bereavement Counselling

Title: Core Course – Bereavement Counselling
Type of Activity: Workshops & Seminars
Objective of Course / Workshop:

This course aims to:

·         To encourage participants to confront feelings, beliefs and attitudes about death, dying and bereavement

•      To identify risk factors, common grief reactions and complicated grief

•      To prepare participants to act in an advocacy and supportive role for dying and bereaved people

Course / Workshop Outline:

This core course in Bereavement Counselling has been created for those who already have training and experience in general counselling. This course has a strong skills focus and provides a comprehensive overview of the personal characteristics and professional education and training that are needed to be an effective bereavement counsellor. Counsellor self-awareness around the issues of life and death is given priority throughout this course. The impact of how a lack of personal engagement in these areas can affect the professional role is discussed. Role-plays and group reflection form a large component of this training. Courses in bereavement counselling are best not undertaken by people who have experienced the death of someone close to them in the previous twelve months. The courses are skills focused and do not provide therapy. It is strongly recommended that this core course be completed before any other courses in Bereavement Counselling or Group Work conducted by the Centre.





OPD points: 10
Course / Workshop content:

At the conclusion of this course participants will be able to:

​·         Identify and describe factors that influence individual reactions to bereavement

·         Respond in a culturally sensitive manner to death related loss

·         Identify and describe a range of grief models and clinical approaches that are commonly used when working with bereaved clients

·         Demonstrate the value and importance of clinical supervision and self care

·         Demonstrate the practical application of ‘chaos theory’ in bereavement counselling

Start/End Date: 17/02/2020 to 19/02/2020
Time: 09:30:00 - 16:30:00
Presenter / Provider: Dr Elizabeth Mann / Mal McKissock
Contact Name: Valda Tucker
Contact Phone: 1300 654 556
Contact Email:
Qualifications: Dr Elizabeth Mann MBBS, Post Grad Dip Counselling, Clinical Member CAPA, PACFA Reg. Mal McKissock OAM. RGN, RPN, FRCNA (HON), FCN (NSW), GRAD DIP AD ED (SYD), CT (ADEC USA

Dr Elizabeth Mann

Liz studied Medicine at the University of Sydney and practiced as a GP in Sydney for over 20 years. During this time, she increasingly became interested in Palliative Care and in particular, grief and bereavement support. Liz completed her general counselling training at University, and her specialist bereavement training for adults and children at the Bereavement Care Centre under the tuition and supervision of Mal and Di McKissock. Liz has recently been appointed as the clinical director for the National Centre for Childhood Grief - an organization that has been providing individual and group counselling and support for children and teens from 3-18 years of age for the past 21 years.

Mal McKissock

One of Australia’s best known and respected bereavement counsellors and educators.  Mal was a Certified Thanatologist with the Association of Death Education and Counselling (USA).  He was the first Australian to be elected to the Board of Directors of the International Work Group on Death, Dying and Bereavement.  He began his career in the health field in 1965 and in 1975 was appointed as the first full time bereavement counsellor with the NSW Department of Health.

A founding member of the National Association for Loss and Grief, Mal was state chairperson of the Association from 1980-1982, and the National President from 1982-1985. He has studied and taught in Israel, Canada, the United States of America, Greece, Hong Kong and New Zealand as well as being an invited presenter at international conferences and in overseas community settings.

For over forty years Mal has taught bereavement counselling skills throughout Australia and internationally and has received wide acclaim for his innovative therapeutic interventions, particularly with bereaved children. He has acted as grief and bereavement consultant to a number of Government departments and community organisations, including The Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission, and his book ‘Coping with Grief’ (currently in its fifth edition) has been an invaluable resource for people experiencing loss. In addition, Mal has co-authored other books on grief and loss issues, as well as a variety of articles on death, dying and bereavement published in professional journals.

Address: 14 Hollis Avenue
Address 2:
Suburb: Denistone East
State: NSW
Postcode: 2112
Parking: Street
Is there disability parking and entry? No
Are meals included with this event? Yes
If yes, what meals? Morning / Afternoon Tea & Lunch
Registration URL:
Cost ($): $855 (inc. GST), which includes Bereavement Counselling book and DVD for pre-course viewing and revision purposes.
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