Creating Continuing Bonds: Creative Processes for Managing Loss and Grief

Facilitator: Beate Steller

Course Overview:

Appreciate why push to “let go”, to “get over your loss” and to “move on” has finally been accepted as unhelpful strategies when working through loss and grief. The Continuing Bonds Theory (Klass , Silverman & Nickman 1996) has  paved new understandings for the importance of connecting with ones’ loss  and developing a new relationship with the loss. Although physically absent the loved one remains present in the life of the bereaved.

This one day workshop will explore this Continuing Bonds Theory of loss and grief. You will have opportunities to creatively experience the skills of connecting to our loss through creative expressions such as art and creative writing. No experience in art is necessary, however an openness to creative processes is encouraged. At the end of the day you will have some creative activities and processes in your tool box that will help your clients to connect to their loss in significant ways and bring further healing.  

You will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn about the effectiveness of and evidence for the Continuing Bonds Theory and its impact on the grieving process.
  • Experience art therapy and creative practices in the context of building continuing bonds in the loss and grief.
  • Learn how to provide support to your clients who are looking to connect to their loss through art and creative writing.

What ideas are explored:

  • How can art and writing facilitate healing through loss?
  • What theory informs this work?
  • What evidence substantiates this work?
  • Does this work for all ages?
  • When might this form of therapy not be useful?
  • What are different types of art and writing processes I could use?

Training methods will include:

  • Interactive presentation
  • Large and small group discussions
  • Live demonstrations of methods
  • Art making and creative writing opportunities
  • Reflection opportunities for application of methods
  • Watching multimedia film clips

Who Should Attend:
All those working with issues of grief and loss. Counsellors, social workers, psychologists, bereavement counsellors, case workers, psychotherapists, pastoral workers, other allied health professionals and students of these disciplines. No artistic experience or skill is necessary. Provisional psychologists can attend at student rates.

Workshop Details:
Included in the workshop price:

  • 6 CPD points/hours (12 hours for AASW members)
  • Comprehensive Bound Seminar Workbook
  • Certificate of Attendance
  • Lunch, Morning & Afternoon Teas
  • GST
  • 9.30am – 4.30pm Training
  • Early bird savings for bookings made two months prior to training

Workshop Cost:
Regular Price $330
Early Bird $300 (paid 2 months prior to workshop)
Student Price $270
Student Early Bird $250 (paid 2 months prior to workshop)

This event counts as 4 hours of category A & 2 hours category B CPD for PACFA’s membership renewal requirements.

For full details regarding the event please go to the website.

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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