Best Practice in Grief and Loss

Best Practice in Grief and Loss
Type: Workshop
Location: Mulgrave, Victoria
Presenter: Christopher Hall

Best Practice in Grief and Loss presented by Christopher Hall

It takes an average of 17 years for research evidence to reach clinical practice (Morris, Wooding & Grant, 2011). Over the past two decades the field of grief and bereavement has undergone profound changes in terms of how the human experience of loss is understood and how the goals and outcomes of grief therapy are conceptualised. Long-held views about the grief experience are being discarded as new research evidence fails to support previously popular beliefs.
An increasing amount of rigorous research from practitioners as diverse as sociology, psychology, theology, philosophy and medicine has transformed the grief and bereavement field into a truly multidisciplinary one.

This workshop will explore linkages between research and practice. This will include contemporary models for understanding grief along with the increasing focus upon the nature and the assessment and prediction of 'complicated' or 'prolonged' grief. When is grief therapy beneficial and when is it of more limited value? Are Continuing Bonds necessarily a 'good thing'? What has recent research found in relation to the current working models of grief? How should recent research impact upon our interactions with the bereaved?

Designed for
Professionals involved in the care and support of grieving and bereaved people who wish to increase their knowledge of contemporary grief and bereavement theory. This group includes nurses, counsellors, doctors, teachers, clergy and volunteers.

Learning Outcomes
At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will have:
• an enhanced understanding of theoretical frameworks which can inform best practice
• considered the implications of these frameworks upon the delivery of evidence informed bereavement care.

Presenter Profile | Christopher Halll

MA, GradDipAdol&ChPsych, Bed, CertIVTAE, MAPS, MACE, FAIM
For the past 21 years Christopher Hall has held the position of Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement, a government fundedspecialist bereavement service, which is based in Melbourne, Victoria. He is a psychologist who has developed a specialisation in the field of grief and bereavement over the past 25 years. Chris has trained many health and education professionals in grief theory and interventions both in Australia and internationally. He has a strong interest in complex bereavement experiences, the organisational impact of grief and loss and bridging research and practice. In 1999 he was elected to the International Work Group on Death, Dying and Bereavement (IWG) and has served as Chair of the organisation. He is currently Secretary/Treasurer of the IWG. He is a Past President of the Association for Death Education and Counseling, one of the oldest interdisciplinary organisations in the field of dying, death and bereavement with over 2,000 members. A Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, Christopher is also an Honorary Fellow of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Melbourne. He serves as the Editor of the journal Grief Matters: The Australian Journal of Grief and Bereavement and Associate Editor of Death Studies. In 2010 Christopher was appointed to the Coronial Council of Victoria.


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