Losses Relating To Ability, Ageing and Dementia

Losses Relating To Ability, Ageing and Dementia
Type: Workshop
Location: Sydney NSW
Presenter: Louise Friend

Workshop Overview

When a family member is diagnosed with a form of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, it’s likely that the losses have already begun some time before. Stretching ahead of family members and the person themselves is an uncertain future littered with loss and grief that both comes and goes and comes and stays.

This workshop will take participants through an exploration of the many facets of grief experienced by those affected by decrease in abilities, increase in age and dementia. We will consider the different needs of both the families/carers and the person themselves. Strategies will be offered to help people who support these families to engage in an active grieving process that acknowledges the losses experienced and the life of their loved one.

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the varied losses associated with a decrease in abilities, an increase in aging and dementia
  • Use an understanding of grief and loss theory to support family members
  • Identify and use strategies that allow an active engagement with the grief being experienced by individuals affected by a decrease in abilities, an increase in aging and dementia
  • Utilise some simple communication tools to be able to work directly with individuals who are living with dementia and acknowledge their grief.

Presenter Bio: Louise Friend

Louise has over 15 years’ experience in counselling in Sydney. Her previous work areas include family violence, crisis intervention, childhood abuse, chronic and terminal illness. She currently works in private practice providing counselling for clients who are living with issues such as anxiety, depression, life transitions, relationship difficulties, bereavement and grief.

Louise also works for Dementia Australia providing counselling and psycho-education to individuals, couples and families whose lives are affected by different forms of dementia.   Louise has a special interest in bereavement and grief counselling.  She supports clients to explore and navigate their individual grief journey and helps them to discover ways to live and cope with loss.

Alongside Louise's counselling work she also teaches at the Australian College of Applied Psychology in Sydney.

Louise has a strong commitment to and is passionate about reducing social stigmas within the community, so that people can live free from prejudice, discrimination and exclusion.

Louise's qualifications include a Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Counselling) and Certificate IV in Training & Assessment. She is a member of the Australian Counselling Association.

Workshop Details

Venue: Sir Stamford at Circular Quay
93 Macquarie Street

Date: Wednesday 20th of June 2018

Times: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm


  • ACGB member: $290.00
  • Non-member price: $345.00

Cancellation and Refund Policy

The Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement reserves the right to cancel education programs that do not achieve minimum participation, in which case all fees will be refunded.

Registration cancellations will not be accepted unless made in writing to the centre. Cancellations made more than thirty (30) days prior to the event date will be refunded less 25% of the registration fee to cover administration costs. 

No registration refunds will be made after this date. Please note: The full invoiced amount will still be payable in the event of non-attendance on the day.

20/06/2018 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Sydney NSW

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