“The sense of being alone and special leads adolescents to feel as though their grief is obvious to all, but no one could possibly understand how they feel” Marty Slyter (2012).
This workshop will consider loss and grief from the perspective and needs of grieving adolescents. Young people have different needs to adults when they experience loss therefore family members/care givers/teachers and other significant others need to be sensitive to these needs. The workshop will explore the theoretical stages of adolescence and a range of support strategies that can be utlised to help grieving adolescents.
Professionals working with those experiencing grief and bereavement, such as support workers, group facilitators, counsellors, social workers, teachers, therapists, psychologists and other allied health professionals.
At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to:
- Understand grief and loss theory as it impacts upon the lives of adolescents.
- Identify the impact and developmental needs of grieving adolescents.
- Identify effective strategies when providing support to grieving adolescents.
BSW(Hons), Grad.Cert. Narrative Th. Grad. Cert. BerCouns & Int,
Cert. CCPT, Cert. SPT Grad.Dip. Education, Cert. IV TAE, Accr. Mem.
AASW, Ass. Mem PTA, CBP
Angela is an Accredited Mental Health Social Workers, a Certified
Bereavement practitioner and a Child Centred Play Therapist in private
practice based in Melbourne's north. Prior to private practice she
worked in the health and community sector for over 17 years holding a
range of positions in Bereavement, Grief and Loss, Family work and
As a mental health professional, she has worked with adults, young
people, children and families experiencing difficulties with
bereavement, relationships, parenting, mental health, violence, abuse
and trauma. Her family work inspired her to specialise in Non Directive
Child Centered Play Therapy and Sand Play Therapy. Her area of interest
is attachment, grief and trauma and is currently completing EMDR
training. She holds a Graduate Certificate in Narrative Therapy and is
currently completing her Masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Aside from counselling, Angela has co-ordinated and co-facilitated
groups for young people, children and adults, co-authored a manual for a
children's grief group program and presented at conferences. Angela
also has over 8 years experience as a TAFE educator, trainer and
assessor where she developed and delivered programs in Mental Health,
and Community Services work for students and industry.
Angela is an Accredited Member of the Australian Association of Social
Workers, a Certified Bereavement Counsellor with ACGB and an Associate
Member of Play Therapy Australia.
Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement
253 Wellington Road
Mulgrave VIC 3170
Friday, 12th May 2017
9:30 am - 4:30 pm