Supporting Bereaved Clients With Complex Needs

Supporting Bereaved Clients With Complex Needs
Type: Workshop
Location: East Perth, Western Australia
Presenter: Josephine Hudson

Supporting Bereaved Clients with Complex Needs

Working with the bereaved is both challenging and rewarding; even when we are at the top of our game and clients come with the capacity and willingness to engage with their grief. It is especially challenging working with bereaved clients who have a pre-bereavement history of life complexity and complex needs. This can result, for therapists in differing levels of anxiety and self-doubt about our own suitability to work with these clients and the realisation that often there are no alternatives.  What to do when the buck stops with you?

This workshop will introduce practitioners to current theories of grief and loss and explore what to do when there is an overlap for the client with complex needs. Workshop participants will engage with practical skills and tools to work with these clients and ways to address their needs. We will use case studies to explore the reality and multiple challenges in prioritizing, engaging and planning  effective ways to work with this population.
At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to:
  •     Identify current theories and evidence based practice in the field of grief and loss
  •     Understand the symptoms and experiences of the bereaved and the bereaved with complex needs.
  •     Recognize and engage with clients’ states and traits using a strengths perspective to maximise adaptive grieving
  •     Understand the impediments and issues for this bereaved population.
  •     Identify ways to prioritise what to work with, and how best to work with these clients and all interested parties
  •     Incorporate ways to engage with the clients and other agencies involved.
  •     Determine when and where to refer; who to turn to for support and how to keep yourself and your client safe.

Presenter: Josephine Hudson
BA(SocSc), MHlthCouns, Cert.Global Mental Health (Harvard) 

MPACFA Reg. Clinical 20876; PACFA Accredited Clinical Supervisor; PACFA Mental Health Practitioner Register 

Counsellor and Psychotherapist, Training and Education Consultant, Clinical Supervisor 

Nature of Clientele: Adults, Adolescents, Children

Work Setting: Private Practice and Academic 

Josephine is an experienced counsellor and psychotherapist, clinical and management supervisor, manager, trainer and educator.  She has over 35 years’ experience in the health profession and qualifications and training in counselling, clinical supervision, sociology and anthropology, and nursing.

Josephine has worked in Western Australia and the United Kingdom in palliative care/hospice, the community setting, private pracitce and the university sector; she has extensive clinical experience working with both adults and children.

She has been a counsellor and psychotherapist for over 20 years and combined working in the university sector and private practice for over a decade.  Josephine was the Program Director of three university postgraduate programs, including a Master of Counselling program, training counselling clinicians, a Graduate Diploma in Counselling and a Graduate Diploma in Coaching for six years (2007 – 2012).

She has extensive clinical experience working with both adults and children working with systems; palliative care; trauma; loss, grief and bereavement; suicide postvention; separation; chronic illness; life-limiting illness; anxiety and depression; stress management; clinical and management supervision.

She has been very active in the profession and has held a number of external portfolios and memberships including Past Chair of the Expert Reference Group for the Suicide Postvention Project (ARBOR) for the Ministerial Council for Suicide Prevention and the Dept of Health and Ageing in WA; and Past Chair of the Ethics Subcommittee of the Psychotherapists and Counsellors Association of WA.





Crowne Plaza
54 Terrace Rd,
East Perth WA 6004

Monday 7th of May 2018

9:30 am - 4:30 pm



ACGB member


Non-member price


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.

Perth WA

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