Modern communication technologies have profoundly influenced social practices and views about death, dying and bereavement. Transcending the limits of space and time, the internet provides us with instant access and often-immediate feedback. This workshop will provide information on the emerging field of 'thanatechnology' and how technology can be enlisted to provide and enhance bereavement support. How can we use technology as a means of providing bereavement support? How does technology provide opportunities to deal with death, dying and bereavement? How can we best deliver bereavement support? What roles do blogs, social media, smartphones and web conferencing platforms play in providing effective bereavement counselling and support? This workshop will also examine the evidence on the effectiveness of telehealth programs and the delivery of bereavement services remotely.
Professionals working with those experiencing grief and bereavement, such as counsellors, therapists, psychologists, social workers and other allied health professionals. This will be of particular interest to practitioners with an interest in providing web based bereavement support.
At the conclusion of this workshop participants will have:
- An enhanced understanding of how thanatechnology, or the use of communication technologies and emerging digital technologies, is dramatically changing social practices and views about death and bereavement.
- Explored a range of strategies which can be used in providing grief and bereavement support.
- Considered the implications of these new technologies upon the practice of bereavement support.
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.
191 St Georges Terrace
Perth WA 6000
Tuesday, 4th April 2017
9:30 am - 4:30 pm