Grief, loss, transition and change: Creative ways of working with children, adolescents and adults to promote mental health

A two-day experiential course

Presenter: Anthony Hillin

Learning objectives
By the end of the course participants will have:

  • Reviewed and developed their skills in working with children, adolescents and adults who are bereaved or experiencing loss resulting from transition or change
  • Gained confidence in using a range of creative ways for working with young people and adults including story telling, art, writing, salt sculptures and other experiential approaches
  • Explored how these techniques can be used in individual, family and group contexts
  • Developed skills in assessing when normal grief reactions become disorder and choosing appropriately from a spectrum of interventions
  • Considered approaches to working on loss from a number of treatment perspectives including Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Mindfulness
  • Identified social, cultural, psychological, spiritual and biological factors in grief and loss work
  • Explored how the theory of grief and loss can inform their work in practical ways
  • Considered risk and protective factors (including attachment style), resilience and the evidence of effectiveness for interventions
  • Increased their awareness of the possible impact of this work on themselves as workers and developed strategies for coping with this.

Learning methods
A significant portion of the course comprises experiential learning. Participants are invited to experience creative therapeutic techniques, including stories, art and salt sculptures (a craft activity), utilising real material from their own lives. This will take place individually with the option of reflecting on the process in pairs and small groups. Experiential learning in this context has the dual purpose of:

  1. giving clinicians direct experience of the potential power and subtleties of these techniques to inform their work with clients;
  2. increasing awareness of ways in which the clinician’s own experience of loss may influence them when working professionally on issues of loss and transition, eg in terms of countertransference and self-care.

The course briefly reviews the latest available research, combining this with practical skill development through interactive learning experiences and comprehensive course handouts.  A range of learning methods are utilised including: didactic presentations, experiential exercises, small group activities, video and self-reflection.

NB Participants will derive maximum benefit from the course if they are willing to reflect on their own feelings, attitudes and beliefs.

Earlybird $590 (before 4 October), Full fee $660, including lunch and refreshments

Brisbane: 1 and 2 November 2018
St Francis College, 233 Milton Road, Milton, Qld 4064

Sydney: 13 and 14 December 2018
Croydon Park Club, 55 Seymour St, Croydon Park, NSW 2133

The number of places is limited to facilitate an intensive learning experience.  We recommend you book early to avoid disappointment as the workshop often sells out in advance.

This event counts as 14 hours of category A CPD for PACFA’s membership renewal requirements

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

13/12/2018 - 14/12/2018
9:00 am - 4:30 pm

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