You will hear in this lecture from Nicola Hughes, a creative counsellor, supervisor and trainer – and former performing artist and youth worker.

With particular expertise in bereavement, change and loss, Nicola will help you gain a deeper understanding of these areas, so enhancing your work with clients who have suffered bereavement or are going through significant life changes.

Bereavement Awareness CPD lecture by Nicola Hughes

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Bereavement Awareness lecture overview

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In particular, you will be enabled to:

  • reflect on your own thoughts and feelings about grief and how this may affect your helping
  • understand bereavement theories and how to apply them in practice
  • consider the factors affecting bereaved people and their possible reactions
  • be aware of assessment options and how you can work with bereaved clients.

Nicola looks at the place of death within our society, including the use of euphemisms, and what these reveal about the views of those who use them.

Understanding your own use of death-related euphemisms is vital to your self-awareness when working with bereaved clients – as is the processing of your own losses. You will learn about how your experiences can both help and hinder client work in this area.

Do you know the difference between bereavement, grief and mourning? Nicola explains this, before moving on to five grief theories and their evolution, covering:

  • the Kubler-Ross model
  • Worden’s tasks of mourning
  • the whirlpool of grief
  • the dual process model
  • Tonkin’s model of growing around grief.

Nicola applies these theories to practical client work, and you will learn about:

  • working with diversity
  • intervening variables in bereavement
  • complicated grief
  • post-grief reactions – behavioural, physical, cognitive and emotional.

Nicola looks at the differences between bereavement work and counselling other types of clients, before suggesting some possible ways forward for practitioners who would like to develop their knowledge and experience in this area of therapy.

You will also have access to a range of useful handouts, plus links to relevant websites.

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Bereavement Awareness lecture overview

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