Grief and Liminality: living and working with a state of ‘in between’


Facilitator: Dr Greg Roberts

Workshop now FULL & wait-list only from 1 APRIL

This existentially-informed workshop delivered online across 2 half-days may be taken as stand-alone CPD or as part of an accreditation pathway*

This workshop will engage a phenomenological exploration of how we understand and work with liminality, a facet of grief that is often not well understood.

A state of liminality is the unsettling place where the order of things as they were has been suspended. It can be brought on by death, loss or any major change. Ambiguity and disorientation disrupt our sense of who we are and where and how we fit into the world around us. The liminal space that grief opens up for us is a threshold of betwixt-and-between, where we are unable to fully engage with a life that is now unfolding in different ways. It is the transitional space before the finding of a new self in a changed world.

Drawing on philosophical, anthropological and counselling/psychotherapeutic concepts, this workshop will invite you to explore the ‘threshold’ or ‘liminal’ experiences associated with grief. Together we will look at ways to work with liminality and support our clients in navigating this most challenging experience. One could say that the liminal space of grief is the place where the seeds of meaning, creation and self-understanding begin to sprout.

Facilitator: Dr Greg Roberts PhD, BSW (Hons), MAASW

Greg Roberts introduces this special online Zoom workshop as an adjunct to his existentially-informed series that is designed for practitioners wanting to develop their skills in the field of grief, loss and bereavement. The series is designed for both practitioners who are new to this field of practice and those that are experienced and wanting to add to their professional development in specific areas of grief, loss and bereavement. Other workshops in the Grief, Loss & Bereavement series include:

  • Stepping into the Heart of Grief and Loss – Working Beyond Models 
  • Working with Complex, Prolonged Grief – Addressing Crisis of Meaning and Existential Angst
  • Trauma and Grief – Safe and Effective Ways of Working with Sudden and Unexpected Loss, Death
  • Grief Across The Life Span – Children, Adolescents, Adults and Older Age
  • Anticipatory and Non-Finite Grief – Supporting Clients through Terminal/Chronic Illness, Injury and Disability 

Greg is a Doctor of Philosophy (Grief and Bereavement) and an accredited Counsellor and Social Worker with specialisation in the field of grief, bereavement and trauma. He founded a suicide bereavement support group in 2004 and co-founded the Suicide Prevention Awareness Network (SPAN) in Victoria. Greg is the Manager of Client Care Volunteers for Peninsula Home Hospice and the Founder and Director of the Grief & Trauma Support service in Frankston, Victoria. 

Cost: $320 (Early Bird rate)

This event counts as 6 hours of category A CPD for PACFA’s membership renewal requirements

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


16/05/2020 - 17/05/2020
9:30 am - 12:45 pm

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