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Event Details - Support Before and After a Death

Title: Support Before and After a Death
Type of Activity: Workshops & Seminars
Objective of Course / Workshop:

While we are aware that ‘death and loss come to all of us’, humans spend most of their time focused on living life. When confronted with the certainty of an impending death or the news of an illness that is certain to bring death, life takes on a very different focus.

This workshop pays attention to supporting those living with death or loss on their immediate horizon and introduces the concept of ‘living into loss’, which involves giving acknowledgement to both the grief or losses as they occur and finding ways to embrace the parts of life that still exist. Consideration will be given to the impact of working with the dying on support professionals themselves. Ways to assist people to prepare for the death or loss when it occurs will also be covered in this workshop.

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 the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe what is meant by anticipatory grief, in light of current theory and practice in the field of grief counselling
  • Identify a range of strategies that can be used to support people before and after death
  • Apply the concept of ‘living into loss’ when working with grieving individuals
  • Be aware of how anticipatory grief can impact on professionals working in the field
Start/End Date: 12/09/2019 to 12/09/2019
Time: 09:30:00 - 16:30:00
Presenter / Provider: Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement: Alison Kirk
Contact Name: Cass Leckie
Contact Phone: 392652100
Contact Email:

Alison Kirk is a counsellor, teacher and educator based in Adelaide. Following a nursing pathway and many years working in the health and accounting related industries Alison gained her qualifications and training in counselling.

Alison has a developing private practice. Clients range from people living with complex grief, loss, depression, anxiety, stress, relationship issues, trauma and cancer.  She is a Bereavement Counsellor for clients referred by the Central Adelaide Palliative Care Services, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Adelaide.

Alison is a teacher at the Australian College of Applied Psychology where she teaches in the Diploma of Counselling program. She teachers in the Professional Year Program for post master international students at Internship and Employment, Navitas Professional. The internship program includes a Certificate 1V of Business Studies.  

Alison is a member of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Association of Australia. She is on the PACFA SA Leadership Group committee, who are responsible for organising speakers and running events for the continuing professional development (CPD) of South Australia members. Alison has a passionate interest for accredited Counsellors being recognised and included into positions within government agencies, health providers and the general community.

Address: International Visualisation Centre (IVC)
Address 2: 19 Young Street
Suburb: Adelaide
State: SA
Postcode: 5000
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
  • Non-member price: $395.00

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