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Event Details - Effective Brief Contact & Single Session Bereavement Support

Title: Effective Brief Contact & Single Session Bereavement Support
Type of Activity: Workshops & Seminars
Objective of Course / Workshop:

Many community support and health care professionals may only have brief contact, or sometimes just a single session, with individuals experiencing grief or bereavement. Research tells us that a large percentage of bereaved individuals will be able to live with their grief with minimal support from professionals. However, it is acknowledged that complications and difficulties may occur over time if the bereaved individual has not had timely access to sound, basic information about the nature of grief, and how to identify when to be concerned for the wellbeing of themselves and others.

Effective bereavement support can be offered or initiated via brief contact or a single session, without compromising the quality of the support given. This workshop is aimed at community support staff and health care workers who have contact with bereaved and grieving individuals, even though their primary role may not be in the field of grief and bereavement. The workshop will offer a simple framework and strategies that can be used to ensure effective bereavement support when only having brief contact with bereaved or grieving individuals.

Course / Workshop Outline:

7 Hour Workshop

From 9:00am - Registration
9:30: Workshop Commences
11:00: Morning Tea
12:30pm: Lunch
2:30pm: Afternoon Tea
4:30pm: Workshop Concludes

OPD points: 5
Course / Workshop content:

Learning Outcomes: At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the lived experience of grief and bereavement for individuals using contemporary grief and bereavement theories/models
  • Offer basic grief education to individuals by identifying common grief reactions, behaviours and when to be concerned
  • Identify strategies and resources that can assist people who are grieving
  • Understand when to refer to specialist grief and bereavement services for ongoing support
Start/End Date: 13/11/2019 to 13/11/2019
Time: 09:30:00 - 16:30:00
Presenter / Provider: Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement: Anita Hoare
Contact Name: Cass Leckie
Contact Phone: 03 9265 2100
Contact Email:
Qualifications: Masters in Counselling and Human Services from La Trobe University, a Masters in Social Work from Federation University and a Graduate Certificate in Bereavement Counselling from the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement

Anita has a Masters in Counselling and Human Services from La Trobe University, a Masters in Social Work from Federation University and a Graduate Certificate in Bereavement Counselling from the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement, with whom she currently works as a trainer and assessor. She is a Certified Bereavement Practitioner, a registered educator and clinical supervisor. She is training to be a supervisor for Lifeline.  She has experience with individuals using face-to-face, telephone and Skype sessions.

Amongst her areas of specialisation are grief and bereavement counselling with specific expertise in Complicated Grief Therapy (CGT).  She trained in CGT with Dr M. Katherine Shear, at the Centre for Complicated Grief, Columbia University in New York. She was there for 3 months in 2016, which provided her with a unique learning experience and higher level of familiarity using this protocol.

She is also trained in Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy, a 16-session protocol for anxiety and depression. This is an efficacious treatment widely practised in the National Health Service in the United Kingdom.

She is a member of the Australian Counselling Association (ACA), PACFA, AASW and the Loss and Grief Practitioners’ Association.

Address: Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement
Address 2: 253 Wellington Road
Suburb: Mulgrave
State: VIC
Postcode: 3170
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 ($): 395.00
Registration Instruction (if applicable):


  • ACGB member: $340.00
  • Non-member price: $395.00

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