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Event Details - "Resilience and Approaches to Self-Care" in Partnership with the Cancer Council WA

Title: "Resilience and Approaches to Self-Care" in Partnership with the Cancer Council WA
Type of Activity: Workshops & Seminars
Objective of Course / Workshop:

This workshop will introduce participants to the importance of our ‘self’ as an important part of ‘being with’ the bereaved. Together we will explore how the work can affect us at all levels of our lives and how it can impact on our work with clients.

Using discussion, example and practice, the workshop will cover the personal challenges of providing grief and bereavement support, along with an exploration of compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma and how to recognise and minimise their effects in the workplace and our personal lives. A range of mindfulness approaches to self-care will be offered to participants as a pathway to ensuring healthy work practices.

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:

  • Recognise how supporting those who are grieving can impact on their own wellbeing
  • Understanding what resilience is and what practical applications can make you more resilient
  • Understand mindfulness concepts and how they can be applied in practice
  • Use a practical understanding of a range of personal and professional self-care strategies to identify and develop a tailored self-care plan
Start/End Date: 04/12/2019 to 04/12/2019
Time: 09:30:00 - 16:30:00
Presenter / Provider: Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement: Rosemary Watkins
Contact Name: Cassandra Leckie
Contact Phone: 03 9265 2100
Contact Email:
Qualifications: MA Human Services; Grad Dip Human Sevice,Counselling; Grad Dip Relationship Therapy; Cert Marital & Family Therapy; Background as an RN

Rosemary is an experienced therapist, trainer and group facilitator who has worked with individuals, couples and families for over twenty three years.  She holds a Master’s degree in Human Services; has extensive training in Couples and Family Therapy, including a nationally accredited Graduate Diploma of Relationship Counselling; has a Cert IV in workplace training and assessment and is a registered clinical supervisor with PACFA and AAFT.
Rosemary is a member of the training team at the William Street Family Therapy Centre in Mount Lawley, Western Australia, providing training and supervision to the Graduate Diploma in Relationship Therapy trainees. 

The main focuses of her practice are relationships, and loss and grief. Rosemary has provided training workshops for professionals in London, Ireland,  Singapore and The Netherlands in addition to tertiary and private settings in Perth. She also offers courses in Meditation/Mindfulness/Relaxation practices and runs Residential Workshop/Retreats for Therapists and other health professionals.

Address: Cancer Council WA, Seminar Room
Address 2: 15 Bedbrook Place
Suburb: Shenton Park
State: WA
Postcode: 6008
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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