The Many Faces of Grief and Loss

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Date(s) - 23/09/2017

 The Many Faces of Grief and Loss


“I thought I could describe a state; make a map of sorrow. Sorrow, however, turns out to be not a state but a process.” C.S. Lewis., A Grief Observed (1963)

The College of Counselling is facilitating its second webinar, exploring aspects of grief and loss and implications for practice. Grief is a universal phenomenon, and most clients will bring experiences of loss and grief to counselling. The webinar panel is made up of four experienced counsellors, all with a special interest in diverse and complex forms of grief and loss.

The opportunity for submitting questions and accessing pre-reading will be made available to registrants.

This webinar will be presented by Heather Bunting, who will be joined by a panel made up of Jill Chapman, Melanie Parry-Jones and Ione Lewis.

Date: 23 September 2017
2:30pm—5:00pm AEST
2:00pm— 4:30pm ACST
12:30am—3:00pm  WST
Venue: Online Interactive Webinar (register for link)

PACFA Members $30 (incl. GST)
Student Members $20 (incl. GST)
Non-Members $40 (incl. GST)

This event counts as 2.5 hours of category A CPD for PACFA’s membership renewal requirements

Heather Bunting
Heather is a Senior Counsellor and Supervisor at Joseph’s Corner where she counsels the family members of people with drug and alcohol addiction. Heather also runs a private practice called  Possibilities for Change.
For her Masters research, Heather was interested in the exploring the notion of Ambiguous Loss. Ambiguous loss is a particular type of grieving where people grieve their loved ones who are physically present but psychologically absent, or psychologically present but physically absent.

Jill Chapman
Jill Chapman is cofounder and executive officer of MOSH, Minimisation of Suicide Harm. After losing her 16 year old son to suicide in 2001 Jill emerged from the fog of despair that is grief following the suicide of a loved one to spend much of her time supporting others bereaved by similar losses. Out of the ashes of Jill’s former life came the notion that when we are in despair we need to talk to someone straight away, without waiting for an appointment time. Hence MOSH House was born, where now, nine years later, anyone can go and find someone to listen to them, six days a week. The free services offered at MOSH

Melanie Parry-Jones
Melanie Parry-Jones is in Private Practice as a Clinical Counsellor, Supervisor and Lifelong Member of PACFA. In 1986 she trained and later facilitated groups with Bereavement Educational Services. During her 21 years at UniSA she tutored, lectured and coordinated in a wide range of postgraduate counselling courses, in particular focusing on grief, sexuality and lifespan development. Her teaching extended to Hong Kong and Singapore. Melanie has  facilitated many grief related groups, and has been a grief consultant to others working with client experiences of loss and transition.

Ione Lewis
Dr Ione Lewis is the founding director of Grief Journeys Ltd, a not for profit company providing individual therapy and workshops for people bereaved by suicide. Ione has been a counselling academic and researcher for over twenty years, and a therapist for over thirty years. She is strongly committed to improved access to support and advocacy for people bereaved by suicide, and better understanding of the causes of suicide.

Register now via the PACFA PORTAL


Cancellations made 5 or less working days prior to the course commencement date are 100% non-refundable.

Cancellations made more than 5 working days prior to the course commencement date may apply via email to admin@pacfa.org.au for a 50% refund.

Alternatively, course bookings may be transferred to another person or to a future course or event. Requests to transfer must be made via email to admin@pacfa.org.au prior to the course commencing.

After the commencement date/time of the course, no refunds or transfers are possible.