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Counselling Grief Clients: Functional interventions for grief, loss and bereavement for everyday use


Clinicians often struggle to develop an effective approach to counselling grief clients due to the uniqueness of each individual’s grief. The last 10-15 years have seen an explosion of new research in the field and many new studies have turned what we thought we knew on its head.

Explore this new research about appropriate diagnosis of grief clients, ideas for how to assess grief severity and related constructs, and clarification about what is meant by “complicated grief.” Review the most commonly used current models for understanding grief and leave with tools, including 20 interventions, to more confidently assist clients in navigating the adaptive, yet confusing and difficult, grief process. The seminar will end with a focus on self-care, discussing how to appropriately manage and care for ourselves in this demanding, yet fulfilling, work.

Educational Objectives:

Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Articulate current models for conceptualising grief, loss and bereavement and how these influence treatment planning.
  • Analyse and differentiate clinical symptoms to diagnose grief clients appropriately.
  • Implement functional interventions for grief counselling adaptable to use with any clients.
  • Demonstrate three new interventions to use with bereaved clients.
  • Determine when grief has become “complicated” and develop an appropriate treatment strategy.
  • Develop strategies of self-awareness and self-care for psychotherapists, counsellors and mental health professionals as it relates to clinical practice

Become a Certified Grief Counselling Specialist ...

Best of all, upon completion of this live webcast, you’ll be eligible to become a Certified Grief Counselling Specialist (CGCS) through the International Association of Trauma Professionals. Certification lets colleagues, employers, and caregivers know that you’ve invested the extra time and effort necessary to understand the complexities of grief work. Professional standards apply. Visit for details.