Techniques in Bereavement Counselling | Online Workshop | 30 July 2020 | 09:00–15:00

R950.00 incl. Vat

Date: 30 July 2020

Time: 09:00 – 15:00

Venue: Online (Vista Academy’s Online Learning Space via BigBlueButton)

Presenter: Dr Nelia Drenth

HPCSA: 5 general CEUs (educational, counselling, clinical, industrial & research psychologists; psychometrists; and registered counsellors)
SACSSP: 4 CPD points

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The life-altering experience of loss through death sometimes shatters survivors in all their human complexity and adds to their suffering.  Until recently, therapeutic efforts to support people struggling with profound and prolonged life disruption in the aftermath of loss through death were informal and intuitive, often using basic techniques, such as lending a sympathetic ear, normalising the client’s response, engaging in psychoeducation, and offering generic forms of support through outdated stage models of grief. Bereavement counselling has gained the attention of many researchers over the past few decades and introduced us to new models, such as the Two-Track-Model of Bereavement and the Dual Process Model of Coping with Bereavement.

The general purpose of this online workshop is to build knowledge and skills in providing scientifically validated bereavement intervention through bereavement counselling techniques in practice.

Bereavement counselling is often seen as a deceptively simple affair, even among helping professionals, and it is often perceived that it does not warrant the intervention of a therapist. However, the life-altering experience of loss and the accompanying secondary losses that impact on the psychosocial functioning of the bereaved person can lead to complications if not supported by mental healthcare professionals such as social workers, psychologists and counsellors.

During this workshop, delegates will have the opportunity to engage in the practical application of:

  • bereavement assessment techniques,
  • techniques to cope with grief, and
  • intervention techniques focused on reconstructing the self.

This will be done through active participation in case studies where these techniques were used. Delegates will also have the opportunity to practice the techniques and to critically evaluate the outcomes in the different scenarios sketched to them through the case studies, in individual and small group participation.