An Expressive Arts Approach To Healing Loss and Grief

An Expressive Arts Approach To Healing Loss and Grief

Webinar Overview

An Expressive Arts Approach to Healing Loss and Grief

This webinar will introduce core concepts and practices of Expressive Arts Therapy. This approach uses 'all of the arts' and 'artistic retellings' in helping people to discover imaginative and artistic resources that promote resilience in loss and bereavement. 

This webinar has been designed for helping professionals from all disciplines who wish to work more imaginatively and creatively in assisting grieving and bereaved people in a variety of circumstances. 

Learning Outcomes

Following this webinar participants will:

  • Define expressive arts therapy and its intermodal characteristics
  • Describe the core concepts of 'poises' and 'decentering' 
  • Learn how to assist clients to finish 'unfinished business' through poetic writing
  • Describe how an expressive arts therapy approach restores capacity in a problem saturated situation
  • Identify arts based self care practices. 


Presenter Biography

Irene Renzenbrink is an Australian social worker and pioneer  in the field of grief and bereavement care. Having worked in hospitals, palliative care services and in the funeral industry since the early 1970's she served as State and National President o the National Association for Loss and Grief for many years. Internationally, she has worked as an advisor for the Irish Hospice Foundation and conducted workshops in Canada, USA, and the UK. While living in Canada Irene studied art therapy at the Vancouver Art Therapy Institute in 2010, and teaches the institutes online course, Art of Loss. In 2018, she was awarded a PhD (magna cum laude) in Expressive Arts Therapy by the European Graduate School in Saas Fee, Switzerland. Author of many journal articles and book chapters, Irene's edited book "Caregiver Stress and Staff Support in Illness, Dying and Bereavement was published by Oxford University Press in 2011. 

Her recent publication for Jessica Kingsley Publishers, An Expressive Arts Approach to Healing Loss and Grief: Working Across the Spectrum of Loss with Individuals and Communities bridges the two fields of grief and expressive arts therapy and includes examples of the healing power of the arts across a wide spectrum of loss including community disaster and the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Irene is a faculty member of the Portland Institute for Loss and Transition and has been a member of the prestigious International Work Group on Death, Dying and Bereavement since 1997. She now lines in an inner city retirement village in Melbourne. 

Webinar Details


Thursday, 26th August 2021


Victoria: 3:00pm - 4:30pm AEST
New South Wales: 3:00pm - 4:30pm AEST
Tasmania: 3:00pm - 4:30pm AET
South Australia: 2:30pm - 4:00pm ACST
Queensland: 3:00pm - 4:30pm AEST
Northern Territory: 2:30pm - 4:00pm ACST
Western Australia: 1:00pm - 2:30pm 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.

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1. Intellectual Property 

ACGB's program and program content is copyrighted. Its use and dissemination is restricted and unauthorised duplication is prohibited. A copy of the webinar presentation will be available after the webinar and is for personal/non-commercial use only. The content is not to be modified or republished in any way without the prior consent of ACGB and the presenter. Any breach of copyright, including the recording of the presentation or any unauthorised use of the material may lead to legal action. 

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- A copy of the webinar slides
- Journal articles
- Templates or other documents

All webinar-related materials remain copyrighted of ACGB and the presenter. They must not be distributed to any third party at any time or in any form without written permission from ACGB. 

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26/08/2021 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

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