Missing Persons Grief and Loss

Missing Persons Grief and Loss

Webinar Overview

This webinar will introduce and explore the inclusion of ambiguous loss in understanding the experiences of families of missing people. This webinar aims to identify current evidence-based interventions relevant to counselling, when addressing the needs of people with ambiguous or unresolved loss. This webinar also aims to create a space for professionals to reflect on their own capacity to tolerate ambiguity. 

This webinar is aimed at an introductory to intermediate level and will be suitable for:

  • Psychologists/Social workers/Counsellors with a special interest in grief and loss in ambiguous or complicated circumstances.
  • Those working in bereavement services, generalist counselling or with victims of crime.
  • Those who are curious about emerging areas of practice in the grief and loss space.
  • Health professionals who are keen to understand how knowledge about ambiguous loss may assist them in responding to trauma, family relationship issues and losses where information is incomplete about the manner and cause of that loss.

It is recommended that attendees have emerging or enhanced skills in grief and loss interventions, are professionals currently working with individuals or groups, or are researchers with an interest in complex grief or uncommon experiences of loss.

Learning Outcomes

Following this webinar participants will be able to:

  • Understand and define ambiguous loss.
  • Reflect on the incidence and prevalence of missing persons cases in Australia and understand the needs of those loved ones left behind.
  • Review the current evidence-based interventions relevant to the provision of counselling for people living with ambiguous loss.
  • Reflect on health professionals capacity to tolerate uncertainty, and the role of reflexive practice when working with complex loss experiences.


Presenter Biography

Dr Sarah Wayland works in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Sydney. Prior to starting a career as an academic, Sarah has worked since 1999 as a trauma counsellor and manager of state-wide counselling services as a Social Worker. She received her PhD, along with the Chancellors Medal, in 2015 from the School of Health, University of New England focussing on the experiences of hope for those left behind when a loved one is missing.

As a qualitative researcher, and previously as a mental health clinician, she actively engages consumers in her research and specialises in data collection and analysis of participants from vulnerable and marginalised population groups. Sarah is also a renowned researcher in the space of missing people. She regularly provides comment to mainstream media on the experiences of missing.



Webinar Details


23 January, 2019


Victoria: 3:00 - 4:30pm AEDT
New South Wales: 3:00 - 4:30pm AEDT
Tasmania: 3:00 - 4:30pm AEDT
South Australia: 2:30 - 4:00pm ACDT
Queensland: 2:00 - 3:30pm AEST
Northern Territory: 1:30 - 3:00pm ACST
Western Australia: 12:00pm - 1:30pm AWST

If you're unable to attend at the scheduled time but you would still like to purchase this webinar please register and regardless of attendance at the scheduled time you will be sent a recording of the webinar to view at your leisure. This recording will remain available for three months.


  • Member: $50
  • Non Member: $75

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.

Terms & Conditions

ACGB's program and program content is copyrighted. Its use and dissemination is restricted and unauthorised duplication is prohibited. Viewers agree to use the product under the purchase agreement terms, which restrict number of viewers based on registration type. Individual Registration - Provides one person, the registrant, access to the webcast or DVD for personal viewing. Multi-Viewer Registration - Provides one person, the registrant, access to the webcast for streaming from one computer to a group of people or the DVD for viewing at one location. CE Credits for this program may only be obtained through ACGB. CE instructions will be provided to the registered contact for the organisation (or to the registered individual) prior to the live air date and to attendees at the end of the program.

23/01/2019 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

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