Grief following a bereavement is a challenging yet ‘normal’ human experience. However, grief can often feel anything but ‘normal’. Our clients may seek us out directly for support following a bereavement. Alternatively, the impact of a significant bereavement may unfold during our work with clients who have accessed therapy for other reasons.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have become acutely aware of loss and bereavement. As with any traumatic event, as the pandemic eases, it has been predicted that more people will come forward for support around loss and bereavement and may be more likely to experience complex grief. The idea of ‘complex grief’ assumes that some grief is more challenging than others. Others would argue that all grief complex. ‘Prolonged grief disorder’ is now a diagnostic category within the DSM-V and ICD-11. Does this help or hinder our clients and our work? Can we grieve for ‘too long’?
This training is designed for therapists who would like to feel more confident in working with bereaved clients. The day will provide an overview of both theory and practice in this area. There will be a mixture of presentations from Clare with individual and breakout room exercises, to facilitate reflection and learning.
During the day we will explore the experience of grief following a bereavement, considering both the unique experience of grief, and commonalities presented within models of grief. Having considered the theory of grief following bereavement, we will explore what therapy might look like practically at different points on the client’s journey and the interventions available to us. We will also consider self-care and how we support others, when we ourselves may also be experiencing loss.
- To reflect on our understanding of bereavement and grief, especially during this difficult time of untimely deaths from Covid-19
- To explore different types of bereavement
- To gain an overview of bereavement theory and models, considering the usefulness of linear and non-linear models of grief
- To understand the concept of ‘complex’ grief and consider the arguments ‘for and against’ this conceptualisation.
- To contrast bereavement theory with the unique experience of grief
- To explore what type of approaches can be helpful at different points in the client’s journey.
- To come away with some practical approaches / tools
- To consider our own self-care
About the Speaker:
Clare Price, MBACP, MSc, PGDip. Counselling & Psychotherapy, BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy
Clare is a Counsellor, Psychotherapist and Bereavement Trainer. Clare runs a private counselling & psychotherapy practice, specialising in supporting clients following bereavement and following relational trauma. She is a bereavement trainer for two bereavement charities and volunteers for Cruse bereavement as a support worker and supervisor. Clare also works as a counsellor in a rape crisis centre. Before becoming a psychotherapist, Clare worked as an Occupational Therapist in the NHS in mental health, dementia services, learning disability services, care homes and in hospitals. She also worked for NHS England on their National End of Life Care Programme. Clare has a passion for raising awareness in our society about death, dying and bereavement.
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