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Event Details - Loss and Grief Relating to Ability, Ageing and Dementia

Title: Loss and Grief Relating to Ability, Ageing and Dementia
Type of Activity: Workshops & Seminars
Objective of Course / Workshop:

When a family member is diagnosed with a form of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, it’s likely that the losses have already begun some time before. Stretching ahead of family members and the person themselves is an uncertain future littered with loss and grief that both comes and goes and comes and stays.

This workshop will take participants through an exploration of the many facets of grief experienced by those affected by decrease in abilities, increase in age and dementia. We will consider the different needs of both the families/carers and the person themselves. Strategies will be offered to help people who support these families to engage in an active grieving process that acknowledges the losses experienced and the life of their loved one.

Course / Workshop Outline:

9.30am Start

Morning Tea


Afternoon Tea

4.30pm Finish 

OPD points: 5
Course / Workshop content:

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

  • Identify the varied losses associated with a decrease in abilities, an increase in ageing and dementia
  • Use an understanding of grief and loss theory to support family members
  • Identify and use strategies that allow an active engagement with the grief being experienced by individuals affected by a decrease in abilities, an increase in ageing and dementia
  • Utilise some simple communication tools to be able to work directly with individuals who are living with dementia and acknowledge their grief
Start/End Date: 16/05/2019 to 16/05/2019
Time: 09:30:00 - 16:30:00
Presenter / Provider: Australian Centre for Grief & Bereavement | Presented by Louise Friend
Contact Name: Cassandra Leckie
Contact Phone: 03 9265 2100
Contact Email:
Qualifications: Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Counselling), Graduate Certificate in Bereavement Counselling & Interventions and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. She is a member of the Australian Counselling Association and a Certified Bereavement Practitioner with the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement.

Louise has over 18 years' experience in counselling in Sydney.  Her previous work areas include family violence, crisis intervention, childhood abuse, chronic and terminal illness.  She currently works in private practice providing counselling for clients who are living with issues such as grief and loss, bereavement, relationship difficulties, life transitions, anxiety and depression.  Louise has a special interest in grief and loss and supports her clients to explore and navigate their individual grief journey and helps them to discover ways to live and cope with loss.

Louise has previously worked for community organisations such as Dementia Australia providing counselling and psycho-education to individuals, couples and families whose lives are affected by different forms of dementia.  She continues to work within the community with carers whose lives are affected by mental health issues, disability and dementia. 

Alongside Louise's counselling work she also teaches at the Australian College of Applied Psychology in Sydney.

Louise has a strong commitment to and is passionate about reducing social stigmas within the community, so that people can live free from prejudice, discrimination and exclusion.

Address: Karstens Sydney
Address 2: 111 Harrington Street
Suburb: The Rocks
State: NSW
Postcode: 2000
Website: http://
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 - $340.00

ACGB Non-Member - $395.00

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