Support Following Violent & Traumatic Death (VIC)

Support Following Violent & Traumatic Death (VIC)
Type: Workshop
Location: Mulgrave, Victoria
Presenter: Jill Crookes (Bio below)

Workshop Overview

Violent or traumatic deaths bring a range of complex reactions, which can vary widely from individual to individual. Strong physical, cognitive and emotional reactions are common, with the social world of the bereaved also affected. Engagement with law enforcement agencies and the legal system brings its own challenges, along with media attention in many cases. Attendees at this workshop can expect to engage in a discussion of these complex issues and explore the most effective ways to provide support and assistance to the bereaved, while being mindful of the impact on the support worker themselves.

This workshop is designed for professionals working with people who are experiencing grief as a result of a violent or traumatic death, such as social workers, teachers, chaplains, counsellors, nurses, therapists, psychologists and other allied health professionals.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • explore current grief and loss theories
  •  understand and be able to offer simple techniques for managing strong emotions
  •  be aware of role definition and boundaries as a support worker when working with violent and traumatic deaths
  •  develop an understanding of the complex needs of those bereaved through violent and traumatic death
  •  increase confidence in working with individuals affected by these issues.

Presenter Bio: Jill Crookes

Jill is a Counselling Psychologist with 43 years of clinical experience working in a variety of mental health settings – clinical/hospital, community organisations and private practice.

Her main areas of special interest are trauma, including post-traumatic and complex post-traumatic stress disorders, loss and grief.

Following a UK study tour in 2004, Jill founded Wombat’s Wish, a community-based grief support program for children, young people and their families where a parent or primary carer has died.

Jill has worked with Victoria Police, Ambulance Victoria, Veterans & Veterans’ Families Counselling Service, Department of Veteran Affairs, Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal, TAC and Workcover and was an accredited responder following the Port Arthur events of 1996.


Venue: Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement
253 Wellington Road
Mulgrave VIC 3170

Date:  Friday November 30th, 2018

Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm


  • ACGB member: $340
  • Non-member price: $395

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: Tuesday November 27th at 12:01pm
253 Wellington Road Mulgrave VIC 3170

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