Effective Brief Contact & Single Session Support (SA)

Effective Brief Contact & Single Session Support (SA)
Type: Workshop
Location: Adelaide, SA
Presenter: Thomas Dellmann

Workshop Overview

Many community support and health care professionals may only have brief contact, or sometimes just a single session, with individuals experiencing grief or bereavement. Research tells us that a large percentage of bereaved individuals will be able to live with their grief with minimal support from professionals. However, it is acknowledged that complications and difficulties may occur over time if the bereaved individual has not had timely access to sound, basic information about the nature of grief, and how to identify when to be concerned for the wellbeing of themselves and others.

Effective bereavement support can be offered or initiated via brief contact or a single session, without compromising the quality of the support given. This workshop is aimed at community support staff and health care workers who have contact with bereaved and grieving individuals, even though their primary role may not be in the field of grief and bereavement. The workshop will offer a simple framework and strategies that can be used to ensure effective bereavement support when only having brief contact with bereaved or grieving individuals.

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to:

Describe the lived experience of grief and bereavement for individuals using contemporary grief and bereavement theories/models
Offer basic grief education to individuals by identifying common grief reactions, possible behaviours and when to be concerned
Identify strategies and resources that can assist people who are grieving
Understand when to refer to specialist grief and bereavement services for ongoing support.

Presenter Bio: Thomas Dellmann

Dr Thomas Dellmann has a Doctorate in Counselling from the University of South Australia. He has been working in palliative care for the last seven years providing short and medium term grief counselling. His special interests in grief counselling are attachment styles, emotion regulation and complicated grief. 

He has trained community groups, nurses, allied health care professionals and psychiatry trainees in grief counselling skills. This year he published a paper on the role of shame in complicated grief in the journal Death Studies. He is a clinical member of PACFA.

Workshop Details

Venue: International Visualisation Centre (IVC)
19 Young Street
Adelaide SA 5000

Date: Wednesday October 31st, 2018

Times: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm


ACGB member: $340.00
Non-member price: $395.00

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.
Registrations Close: Friday 26th October at 12:01pm
International Visualisation Centre (IVC) 19 Young Street Adelaide SA 5000
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