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

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

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the role of presence in the therapeutic relationship with grieving individuals.
  2. Consider ways to cultivate the ability to focus, regulate emotion, and cultivate distress tolerance for clinicians who work with clients who are suffering.
  3. Explore creative approaches to supporting and facilitating the expression of grief.
  4. Identify different possible therapeutic approaches with diverse clients.
  5. Examine the role of compassionate response for both professionals and the grieving individuals that they support.

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

OPD points: 5
Course / Workshop content:

Workshop Day Two: Clinical Implications and Supportive Therapies for Grieving Individuals

In the context of a supportive relationship, clinicians often draw upon therapeutic “tools” and techniques that may be helpful in facilitating the grieving process of those in their care. There are many diverse ways for bereaved individuals to share their thoughts, feelings, and stories, and having a variety of approaches can help to match the needs of clients with techniques that are congruent with their way of being in the world.

In this workshop, we will explore differing ways of working with clients and their grief in the context of cultivating focus and presence when working with grieving individuals whose lives are punctuated by intensity, uncertainty, and pain. The context of these approaches will be grounded in compassion-based therapies, which can be helpful to individuals who are suffering from intense grief. The role of compassion-based approaches for the clinician’s self care will also be introduced.

Start/End Date: 19/07/2019 to 19/07/2019
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: 392652100
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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